WoodBot 2 CNC

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Project by woodbot posted 10-09-2018 01:07 AM 717 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second CNC router I have built, this one uses Baltic birch plywood, hard maple and yellow poplar.
I was able to hook up a salvaged touch screen monitor.

The wedged mortise and tenon construction provides an extremely rigid frame with the option to knock it apart if required.

Squaring the frame.

The long front beam allows a variety of clamping options.

The linear guides are built from stock items – 1×1 angle iron, vee bearings and flat rolling bearings. The X and Y axis are direct chain drive.

The direct drive system uses servo motors with #35 chain and sprockets.

The Z axis uses a lead screw.

I would like to add a Moxon vise to the front beam and a fourth axis for turning.

I use this router to drill dowel holes, layout and cut parts for furniture, cut mortises, and build jigs and fixtures for other machines. Its also great for pilot holes for drawer guides and shelf pins in cabinets.

Also used it to cut out kayak frames and rough out hard maple bowl blanks—I’ll sharpen the chisels for finish turning.

Thanks for looking.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-09-2018 01:48 AM

Wow. THat is quite a build. Well thought out and well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#2 posted 10-09-2018 10:45 AM

Impressive build

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#3 posted 10-09-2018 11:08 AM

Very nice machine, good work.

-- Chris K

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#4 posted 10-09-2018 03:30 PM

Nice job

-- Desert_Woodworker

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#5 posted 10-09-2018 05:41 PM

Wow, that’s a major project for hands and mind. Well done.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 10-09-2018 06:49 PM

Thanks for the comment, it was quite an exercise for the mind.

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#7 posted 10-09-2018 07:33 PM

You did an outstanding job on this CNC. router. It’s a wonderful shop built machine and will be a great addition to your shop.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 10-09-2018 09:31 PM

Now there is a machine that -when done carefully and slowly – can be built without breaking the bank, and it looks like it’s fun to use too !
Your execution of design and craftsmanship are top notch brother.
Thank you for sharing a look at it.

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#9 posted 10-10-2018 12:15 AM

Very nice if you don’t mind what was your total cost?

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#10 posted 10-10-2018 12:33 AM

Woodbot , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award. A well done blog as well.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 10-10-2018 01:58 AM

I did not keep tabs on the total cost, however, the electronics were $1800US, the spindle $1600US, wood, steel, chains, sprockets, etc, probably another $2300CDN. The Mach3 software to run it $200CDN. Not to mention the uncounted hours to design and build the unit. This was an interesting and enjoyable build.

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