Wooden enclosed CNC router project hobby build, fun, fun, fun #4: Gantry parts and pieces

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Blog entry by Jeff posted 11-18-2014 05:46 AM 3202 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Working on the Y rails and gantry. :) Part 4 of Wooden enclosed CNC router project hobby build, fun, fun, fun series Part 5: Finishing up the Gantry »

Greetings fellow woodworkers. :)

Haven’t had a lot of time to work on the project but while mama was away I snuck in making a few parts and pieces of the gantry.
Designed so at anytime I can split the gantry and replace the roller tracks or upgrade to steel if the aluminum doesn’t hold up.

First few shots are just some fabrication in progress. Using cabinet conectors for assembly, auction buys a few years back; thought it was time to but em to good use.

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There will be 2 of these dog bone looking caps banded with oak and laminated with formica on both sides; they cap the gantry both top and bottom along with supporting the Y axis stepper.

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The blocks being glued are the fastening blocks for the gantry support ends.

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Main 4 pieces to the gantry.

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The 2 pieces of plywood on the inside tie the 2 sides together, the finger holes are so I can pull em into place.

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With 20 guild pins per side; perfect alignment is almost guaranteed and the screw fit nicely.

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These fastener are quite nice, max open 1-3/4; screwed tight 1-1/4

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Kina how it will fit.

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Temp fit on the gantry to make adjustments but it didn’t need any. :) Really rolls smooth! WooHoo

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Not bad for an amateur :)

Thanks for stopping by!! Cheers – Jeff

-- To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.

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#1 posted 11-18-2014 07:55 AM

Indeed not bad. You may say very good. Sturdy made. I hope there will be no friction between left and right, but when you are writting smooth rolling it is oke.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 11-18-2014 11:50 AM

Progress looks good.
Keep the posts coming….. please!

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

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#3 posted 11-18-2014 01:36 PM

Wood engineering. I like it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-18-2014 10:13 PM

Great job …keep posting I haven’t seen one this large that’s made from wood.

-- Vince

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