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Blog entry by cwdance1 posted 07-16-2010 12:27 AM 1604 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well as you can see from my profile I am new to this type of woodworking. When I was young I worked with my dad building houses. But that type of work is not the same as making things out of wood. So far I have a small collection of tools and I am makind due with what I have. That being said, working with ruff lumber and no planer or jointer has been a challenge. I did make a small CNC router a few years ago. I was quit surprised that it did work. The learning curve has been a hard one as you have to do the drawing in CAD. Then convert them with a CAM software to run on a third program that runs the machine. Originally I was going to cut out radio controlled airplane parts with my machine. Then I started looking at this site and I had to give this a try. Just after I really got interested in this we got a new grandson and he has taken up most of my time. As you can see in the picture below he is going to be a very big help soon.

My little helper

I have posted a couple of projects that required the use of my CNC router and you guys wanted pictures. So here is a picture of the poor old thing I built. Keep in mind I was not sure I could get it to work when I started out. So as you can see I never finished it up with things like a wire tray and box for the electronics. Its hot out in my shop so I leave the computer and control board out where it can get some air. I have a whole house fan mounted at the end of the machine for dust control.

This is the poor old machine
Another shot of it

Because I don’t have a planer I have to use my machine to flatten ruff stock. Here is a couple of pictures of some of the scrap I have found at the saw mill. I use this to make boxes with.

Scrap from sawmill, that is two pieces that I cut in half to help it dry.  Each piece cost me 50 cents.
A close up of the wood

And finally here is a picture of a very ugly scrap I found and the box top I made out of it.

Ugly scrap
No a bad looking top

And lastly I want to thank everyone here on this site for sharing your woodworking projects with me. I have learned more in the last year here than I would have in many years of trial and error.

Have a great day

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#1 posted 07-16-2010 12:36 AM

very nice machine.. I think I’m going to build a small one out of old printer parts… maybe next year…


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#2 posted 07-16-2010 12:42 AM

The machine will only cut a 15×30 part but it does good for box making.

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#3 posted 07-16-2010 12:43 AM

Very cool. Thank you for sharing.

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#4 posted 07-16-2010 01:55 AM

Great looking machine – I saw one of these advertised on TV for a few thousand bucks the other day. Great job putting it together yourself! It looks great to me and the final product sure speaks for itself!

-- -- Mike

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#5 posted 07-16-2010 07:06 AM

Great CNC.
I built on about 5 months ago. The stepper driver blew up on the first try.
I have not have the time to troubleshoot it yet.

thanks for sharing. I got the motivation I need.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 07-16-2010 11:20 AM

Very impressive, I wouldn’t know where to start building a machine like that.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 07-16-2010 09:26 PM

I’m very impressed that anyone can make a shop-built machine like that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-14-2010 10:00 PM

Looks great! I built a JGRO too.

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