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Making a CNC Router #1: Part 1: Assembly

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Blog entry by KylesWoodworking posted 02-24-2011 05:29 AM 4201 reads 24 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I just turned 17 years old today, February 23, 2011, and I have always wanted to make a CNC router. So for my birthday, I asked my dad to get me a CNC hardware and plans kit from www.buildyourcnc.com. Then I went to Lowes and the Home Depot to get a sheet of MDF, aluminum angles, threaded rods, and various other items I needed to make the machine. So the whole weekend last week, I’ve been working on cutting all the parts I need and then drilling all the holes in the pieces. Here is my progress so far:

Plans and hardware I got from www.buildyourcnc.com:

Parts I cut from a single sheet of 3/4” MDF:


I used my small dremel tool drill press to drill all the pilot holes, since I don’t have a real drill press.

Then I drilled all the holes:



In the plans, this is how it shows to attach the nuts for the threaded rods to go through:

I did not think this method was strong enough so here is what I came up with:
First, I got a piece of plywood and cut a hole in it to fit the square nut and glued it down:


Then I cut another piece of plywood and dilled a hole a little smaller than the nut (so it wouldn’t fall out) and then I glued it to the other piece of plywood:


Here is the CNC all done:



...And here is a video of me assembling the machine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zI80bmDYc

Now I have to save up about $400 for all the electronics to get it running. Will post when I get that far. (May take a while. haha) Let me know if anyone has any advise/questions/comments/suggestions! By the way, the table size is 2’x4’ and the cutting envelope is about 19”x38”

Thanks,
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking



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#1 posted 02-24-2011 05:35 AM

great job kyle , it looks great so far . i hope you get it done soon so we can see it work .

happy birthday

-- rick

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 05:43 AM

Looking good so far! I’ve had luck with the hobby cnc controller kit. If you don’t mind soldering it’s worth getting. I used it on mine.

What do you have in mind for the software?

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 05:48 AM

Happy Birthday Kyle!!! Looks like you know how to treat yourself:) I’m not familiar with the “CNC Router” and its uses. But you sure have my interest. I will keep my eyes open for your posts on this… And thanks for the post…

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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#5 posted 02-24-2011 05:53 AM

Kyle – If you lived in Lake Elsinore I’d spot you the $400 just so I could use this on weekends. Keep going man, looks good!

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 05:53 AM

ChuckC,
For the software, I have Mach3 and LazyCam. Not fimilliar w/ them yet because I have not been able to use them. I also am using Google SketchUp to design the projects and then I got a plugin to convert them into g-code.
Thanks,
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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#7 posted 02-24-2011 06:15 AM

bradshaw,
I don’t live there but I’ll take the $400 anyways. haha.
Thanks for the offer, wish I lived there. haha
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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#8 posted 02-24-2011 06:27 AM

Kyle,
Happy Birthday!!!

I’m in the process of designing a 3’ x 4’ R&P CNC Router. I plan on utilizing MDF along with 80/20 for the machines structure. I’ve done most of my research/learning @ cnczone.com. Have you been to the “Zone”, are you a member? The cnczone is a great place for ALL things CNC. In order to actually build my CNC Router, my basement must first be transformed into a workshop first.
I’ll be following your progress. Good luck!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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KylesWoodworking

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#9 posted 02-24-2011 06:39 AM

DIYaholic,
No I am not a member of the “Zone,” but I will have to check it out.
Good luck on your CNC and workshop. I don’t have a workshop either, I’m just working in my bedroom and my porch for right now.
Thanks,
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 06:57 AM

A few questions:
What size working/cutting envelope for your cnc?
What materials/projects are planned for your machine?

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 12:44 PM

Hi Kyle.

Happy 17th! I’m nearly 4 times that and have only started wood working recently after about a half century hiatus. If you’re this heavy into it now, imagine the shop you’ll have by the time you’re my age! :)

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#12 posted 02-24-2011 01:42 PM

DIYaholic,
The table size is 2’ x 4’. The cutting envelope is 19” x 38”. With this CNC, I plan to make custom signs, hard to make pieces for projects, I might play around with making 3D stuff, and whatever else I could use it for.

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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#13 posted 02-24-2011 01:45 PM

Kyle,

Great project! You’ll have your machine up and running in no time. I’ll look forward to seeing some of the things you build with it.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#14 posted 02-24-2011 02:06 PM

So far so good, wishing you best of luck on saving for the rest of it.

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - http://www.steliart.com --

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#15 posted 02-24-2011 02:28 PM

BigTiny,
Thats my dream of having a big shop. I am hoping to have my own cabinet shop/business when I get older.
Thanks,
Kyle

-- http://www.kyleswoodworking.com http://www.facebook.com/kyleswoodworking

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