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I recently found a picture showing what my Second Empire Victorian looked like a hundred a years ago. I would like to replicate some of the original gingerbread work but it's a tall order. There are 25 porch columns, each of which had crosses on all four sides and a bracket at the top. The remaining few brackets seem to be made of 5 inch-thick boards glued together with the outside boards being a little more ornate than the inside. That's a total of 100 crosses and 125 brackets, not to mention the arches between pillars and the gingerbread on either side and top of the 17 top-floor windows.
I think the amount of work (plus the custom cabinetry my wife has been asking for) calls for me getting my own machine. Can anybody recommend the right size and brand of CNC or other computer controlled router that would hold up to this much work? I've seen a lot that do the router work but haven't seen any that are obviously sturdy enough to cut through so many inch-thick boards to make the brackets.
Boy you aren't kidding. That is a lot of work. But it will be great to see the house restored. Good for you! I know here, in my town, the local saw mill uses Shop Bot, to handle all the commercial jobs. Randy Johnson, our chief editor, has quickly become an expert on CNC machines. And he too uses a Shop Bot in many class demonstrations. Let me kow if you have any more questions. And if you get a chance, post the pictures. We'd love to see them.
chad stanton- forum moderator