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Project by Mike Merzke posted 11-22-2015 01:00 PM 2575 views 7 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since I was upgrading and increasing the size of my X-Carve CNC the need for a larger workstation became apparent. Since room in the shop is limited as in most small shops I needed to take up as small of a foot print as possible while maximizing storage space. The top is four feet square and is constructed of one sheet of 3/4 inch plywood lamented over a 3/4 inch sheet of MDF and trimmed with pine. The base of the workstation is constructed from 3/4 plywood and has a large cabinet section which encloses a shop vac and chip separator that I use for dust collection for the CNC. Above that is a fixed shelf for my shop computer and pull out drawer for the keyboard and mouse. Along the left side of the base is four drawers. The top drawer is where I have all the electronics of the X-Carve to keep them clear of flying chips and dust. The back of the cabinet has two vents, one for the electronics and another for the shop vac. The overall height of the workstation was built to work as a stand up workstation

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com





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WoodNSawdust

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#1 posted 11-22-2015 01:11 PM

Well designed cabinet.

How satisfied are you with the X-Carve?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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Mike Merzke

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#2 posted 11-22-2015 01:21 PM

Thanks, I really enjoy having the X-Carve in my shop. I would say that it has easily paid for itself in different projects I have been able to do for clients. With that being said it is a kit of open sourced parts that require assembly and there are limitation just with any other tool. For everything I need a CNC mill to do it does it quite well.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 11-22-2015 05:09 PM

Nice cabinet for a nice machine. I love the way you kept the matching grain pattern in the drawer fronts. Very nice work.

I wish I was smart enough to run one of them. They are so handy and make project much more professional looking!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Mike Merzke

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 05:48 PM

Thanks Jim, that is one of the nice things about some of the modern software that is out now. Even the common dude like me can run a CNC machine in my own shop. There are multiple free options for software also so you dont have to drop a ton of money.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 11-22-2015 06:44 PM

That’s a nice setup.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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Mike Merzke

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#6 posted 11-22-2015 06:50 PM

Thanks, This is the third version in my shop… hopefully this one wont need to be improved on for awhile.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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SteveMI

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#7 posted 11-22-2015 09:09 PM

There are a lot of features you have in that setup I covet. First of the year I need to duplicate it for my benchtop.

Steve.

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Mike Merzke

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#8 posted 11-22-2015 09:26 PM

Duplicate away!

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Colin

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#9 posted 11-23-2015 09:18 AM

Nice piece of kit – what do you DO on it??

-- Live Forever...............or Die Trying

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HighPointWW

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#10 posted 11-23-2015 10:32 AM

Well done! Looks very similar to mine, although I do like the inclusion of the keyboard/mouse drawer! I see you also went with the dual arm monitor/DC hose holder idea lol
Enjoy!

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Mike Merzke

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#11 posted 11-23-2015 11:51 AM

Colin – I make a lot of different things with my CNC. From cutting out plaques and signs to parts for other projects. Soon I will be adding a low powered laser for doing engraving.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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Mike Merzke

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#12 posted 11-23-2015 11:54 AM

HighPointWW – I got the idea for the hose holder from your workstation from that picture you posted on the forum over at Inventables. Great idea that works wonderfully.

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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XquietflyX

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#13 posted 11-23-2015 12:21 PM

That looks great!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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Mike Merzke

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#14 posted 11-23-2015 12:26 PM

Thanks!

-- Mike Merzke, https://www.merzkecustomwoodworking.com

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#15 posted 11-23-2015 02:32 PM

Nicely designed. I need to get my x carve out and use it. The thing is just collecting dust.

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