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One of the best tools for woodworking is a wood CNC machine. This can take you to the next level with wooden cutouts in any design you want to create. If you’re not familiar, a CNC machine, the abbreviation for computer numerical control, is a machine with automated movements controlled by a computer. Basically, you put numbers into a computer, and they direct the computer to make the design you want.

The technology can be used with drills, boring tools, 3D printers, and more. It can wield a lot of different materials, including wood.

If you’re interested in adding this machine to your workshop—or even in starting woodworking for the first time—your first question is probably how much does a wood CNC machine cost

So, the official answer is that buying a professional CNC machine will generally cost somewhere in the range from $5,000 to $10,000, sometimes more.

That’s a hefty investment, especially if you only want it for a hobby. But I want to let you know my secret that you can make your wood CNC machine at home. I found that the cost of a wood CNC machine that’s homemade is under $200. That’s a big difference.