CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT: JEFF VERDIN
If you’re deep into the MillRight CNC community, chances are you know Jeff Verdin. Jeff is always helping others build their skills in CNC. In today’s customer spotlight, we get to learn a little more about Jeff’s CNC journey and hear his advice on becoming a good CNC’er. It’s always amazing to see what people with passion for their work can accomplish with a good desktop CNC machine. Just have a look below at some of the amazing projects that Jeff has put out. Be sure to follow his Facebook page to see his latest creations. Here are some of our favorites:
- How did you get started in woodworking or metalworking?
I took woodshop in high school over 20 years ago.
- What prompted you to get a CNC machine, and what MillRight machines are you using now?
I’ve always had an interest in industrial cnc machines and wood working. I bought my first MillRight machine during their Kickstarter campaign. I now have two MillRight Mega V’s.
- What was your learning curve with CNC?
Slow and tedious in the beginning. It wasn’t until Drew, with Patriot Nation Designs helped me out on a few issues I was having. Things were a lot easier after that. That why I am a huge proponent of paying for 1 on 1 training in the beginning. Searching Videos on Youtube may work for some, but not everyone.
- What is your favorite kind of project?
Personal projects are my favorite. There’s no time limit on them to be completed.
- What do you think is your best kind of work?
2.5D – 3D carvings.
- What is your best tip for CNC projects or CNC use in general?
Join the MillRight forum on their website and join wood working groups on Facebook. Ask questions and take your time.
- Did you think you would be this successful with CNC in the beginning?
I am surprised that I caught onto this stuff as good as I have. I still have a lot more learning to do though.
- What do you see as the future of CNC?
I think the gap between hobby and professional machines is slowly closing. More accessibility to training (outside of searching videos on youtube).
- What tips do you have for users to make money with their machines?
Always be on the lookout for deals on materials. This will help reduce cost so that you can practice more. The more you practice and share your work, the more people will see your talents and want something made. That is what worked for me.
- Do you have a website or marketplace where you sell your work pieces?
Verdin Creations on Facebook. Check it out here
- What advice would you give someone looking to get started with CNC woodworking?
Budget in software like Vetric’s Vcarve Desktop software and training classes if possible. Don’t be afraid questions. Try to learn from your failures and do not be in a rush.