X-Carve CNC Workstation

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Project by HighPointWW posted 10-04-2015 02:54 PM 2982 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, got my X-Carve, and what CNC machine would be complete without a workstation?
The workstation was built like most of my other shop furniture using 3/4” birch plywood. It has 3 drawers for supplies, and a door covering the power supply and controller.
The top was a simple MDF torsion box, banded with poplar.
A clamp-on computer/monitor mount was added to complete the workstation and provides a place to set the laptop and support for the DC hose.
The back of the workstation is left open and has plenty of space to hide-away a shop vac for dust collection.

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#1 posted 10-04-2015 09:28 PM

That is so sweet. Conrats, that is one bad setup.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 05:50 PM

Looks awesome. What’s your opinion on the xCarve so far?

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#3 posted 10-06-2015 09:44 AM

@Narlinghaus – Thank you. Well, I’ve only had the machine for a couple of weeks, but, so far so good. This is my first CNC. I’ve done a lot of research into different machines, and for the price, this seemed like the way to go. Shipping was without any problems, and the machine was delivered in approximately 3 1/2 weeks from ordering. Assembly went fine with no problems, excellent directions and helpful videos. Every single part was accounted for and everything was well labeled. Just take your time and follow each step.
Not a bad machine for the price, but definitely go the (bring your own router) route. I didn’t even bother with the Inventables spindle and went straight with the Dewalt – no regrets there.
About the only things I’m not keen on so far, is the belt drives and v-wheels for all axis’. They’re open to dust and debris from the milling which could interfere with travel. Also, I’m not sure how long they will last before needing to be replaced. Would have much preferred a shaft/bushing/threaded rod type setup, but all that aside, it really is a nice machine!
Easel (their free CNC program) is a nice way to get started with things right away. Very easy to use, but limited and slow if you don’t have a good connection to the Internet. Currently, I’m using VCarve with Universal GCode Sender. Works well with the machine after learning my way around the software.

Oh, and the only other thing, is that unlike virtually all the video reviews you’ll see on-line for this thing…I did not get mine for free! :-( lol

Hope this helps!

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#4 posted 10-13-2015 05:48 PM

I really like the idea of a dedicated workspace for the CNC. I am thinking about asking Santa for an X-Carve so I might be copying this idea in the future.

How big is the actual top of the cabinet?

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#5 posted 10-17-2015 12:11 PM

The top (including banding) is 45” wide x 42” deep. This is just enough space so that no part of the machine (including the stepper motors) extends beyond the top. Keep in mind when building it, you may want additional space for computer monitor, keyboard and mouse…and also a place to put the controller and power supply.

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#6 posted 10-17-2015 12:20 PM

That’s a very nice workstation. You’ve done a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 08-21-2016 01:10 AM

Great project. The top looks very thin for a torsion box. Could you give me some details on material dimensions?


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