My Story

My name is Dave Goldy and I live in Renton Washington, which is a city in the Seattle area.  For about 35 years I developed software for the Boeing company.  About 5 years ago I got a chance to retire and took it.  A few years before retiring I started helping High School students build robots. I am involved in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics program. I could go on and on about this program, but let me just say, the opportunity to pass along skills I have learned to the younger generation is the best part.  Because of my work with the after-school robotics program, I ended up running the robotics activities for the local school district and teaching two hours of robotics classes. This ended up being more work than a retired guy wanted to do, so I am in the process of passing that work off to others.

Because of the robotics work, I realized a CNC would be a great tool for building robot parts, so I began to look around at what the market had to offer. My search led me to Legacy and the Maverick machine. I was familiar with Legacy as a company since I had one of their Ornamental Mills from several years ago.  After a little more research, I decided to make a trip to Springville to attend a two-day training.  After day one I was hooked and bought the machine. It is now a year and a half later and I am still glad I got it.

Now I have two focuses. One is to build cool projects with the machine. You can see some of my projects on my YouTube channel.        Dave’s YouTube Channel

A couple of my recent projects that are not shown on YouTube are shown below.

My second focus is to try to help teachers get started with CNC in the classroom. I have started a Facebook group called Woodworking CNC in Education. If you are in education at the Middle School or High School level and would like to work with CNC in the classroom, please ask to join the group.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dave’s Facebook Group

I want instructors to share experiences, help develop lesson plans and identify the issues which come up when trying to introduce CNC into a school curriculum. I am happy to create content but I need instructors to help outline and identify the need for content.  In the end, I think the content is more useful if the people using it have guided the development.

Dave Goldy

  • I was familiar with Legacy as a company since I had one of their Ornamental Mills from several years ago.  After a little more research, I decided to make a trip to Springville to attend a two-day training.  After day one I was hooked and bought the machine. It is now a year and a half later and I am still glad I got it!–Dave Goldy, WA

 

The bathroom vanity was a remodeling project for the basement.  The drawer fronts and doors were cut on the CNC.  I try to dry a lot of my own wood which means I end up with a lot of smaller pieces of wood.  The vanity table top and the mirror frame are made using a puzzle piece joint to make pieces long enough.  Each of these joints was cut on the CNC. A good way to use up small pieces of wood.

The sign is about 36 inches in diameter. It was designed & programmed from a logo picture.  The sign was “tiled” down the center and cut it into two pieces.  The white background was painted first and then a layer of plastic was secured over it before carving the lettering. The different colors were masked off and sprayed before the plastic layer was removed.

 



One of the teams I work with produces a weekly video of their progress building the robot. They have 6 weeks to build the robot and here are three of the videos they put together.