We had the opportunity to chat with Eric Murray this week about his experience in CNC and woodworking. It was a real treat for us to hear more about Eric, as he has multiple MillRight CNC Mega V machines and is always churning out new work. Eric is a big contributor to the MillRight community and the CNC community in general, often showing his work on the MillRight CNC Facebook Group, where he is an admin. In our view, Eric is one of the best 3D CNC’ers out there. He churns out high quality 3D carvings at the rapid rate! Be sure to check out his website at https://www.ejsboards.com/.
Have a look at some of Eric’s great work below and then scroll down for the interview.
- How did you get started in woodworking?
Fixing up our house as a child with my father.
- How did you get started in woodworking with a MillRight CNC machine?
I did some research and MillRight in my opinion had the best product for the price with at the time no negative reviews.
- What was your learning curve with CNC?
Programming, learning all the different types of toolpaths that you can create and what each one does..
- What kind of wood working did you do before CNC?
Home remodeling and cutting boards.
- What is your favorite kind of project?
Personalize projects that bring a smile to someone’s face.
- What do you think is your best kind of work?
- What is your best tip for CNC woodworking?
Take your time and learn your machine.
- Did you think you would be this successful with CNC in the beginning?
Yes, but not as successful as I am. I thought it would be a good hobby but I was able to turn it into a career.
- What do you see as the future of CNC woodworking?
Faster and more accurate hobby machines that will make it easier for the common person to compete with big companies.
- Tips for other users to make money with their machines?
Never be afraid to show your work and keep at it. Make things to be donated to local charities for events they hold. The more you get your work out there the more people will contact you.
- Do you have a website where you sell your work pieces?
- What advice would you give someone looking to get started with CNC woodworking?
Ask many questions and never argue with the person who answers and gives you advice; you might not agree with the way that person does things but arguing with them will only make them not help you in the future. This is not a cheap hobby be prepared to send a little bit of money, if you only go with the free software then remember that you will be limited on what you can do.