The challenge of buying a CNC wood router is somewhat made more complex because most of us are not really 100% sure on how we intend to use it.

Is it a toy, or are we in business and trying to improve productivity? Are we producing small craft items or full sized doors, cutting full sheets or solid wood blocks? .. but that is a conversation you'll have to have with yourself.

In the meantime, as time permits Luc and I will try and add content here that will describe the various components of a CNC wood router and then show how these parts are assembled into various classes of machine, from hobby to professional grade.

Obviously if you have $200,000 to spend you can have all the bells and whistles your heart desires. Where it becomes more difficult is in figuring out what components and what machine might be considered essential and what would be nice but you could do without.

Are you looking for a small or mini CNC machine for hobby work, a used CNC router that might be a bit larger giving you more potential down the road with less dollar outlay or a brand new industrial grade machine that will come with a warranty and weeks of training as part of the package?

Knowing what questions to ask is always the key!

So first lets start by looking at some of the parts of a CNC machine and where quality of cut can be compromised if you make the wrong decisions.