Shop-built C N C Router

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Project by bowtie posted 670 days ago 4009 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shop-built router my son and I built. This has been a lot of fun and quite a challenge, you know, “teaching an old dog a new trick”.
Table is 24” x 36”, cutting area on table is 15” x 28” but longer stock can be passed thru.
Most parts purchased on e-bay and machine is designed around them.
Table, gantry upper assembly, table end panels,y and z axis structure are 3/4” plywood. Gantry lower supports are 2×4’s
We are using a bosch colt v-s router. The electronics are housed in the gutted router box with a couple of cooling fans salvaged from an old pc. the pc were using was given to me and is all mounted on a 3/4” plywood panel so it can be easily moved.
Maybe I’m easily entertained but it’s really cool to see in action!
Thanks for lookin,

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 670 days ago

Very impressive

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Clint Searl

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#2 posted 670 days ago


-- Clint Searl.............We deserve what we tolerate

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#3 posted 670 days ago

My next acquisition will be a CNC router… but I don’t think I will go the DIY road…I am having so much fun with my laser and I, too am easily amused…just love watching it work..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 670 days ago

Totally awesome. You and your son did a wonderful job problem solving at every turn.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#5 posted 670 days ago

When are you going to start on mine????

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#6 posted 670 days ago

Nice job. Did you design the CNC from scratch?

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 670 days ago

Very nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 670 days ago

Very nice, are you running mach 3 control software? I have been researching these for years now, hopefully it will come to be one day. If you don’t mind me asking how much do you have invested in the CNC? I can’t seem to get the price down below about $1,500. How is the colt working out, most of the pre-built machines I have looked at use the colt. I run a CNC at work made by Elumatec, a German company, recently I started progrramming for it also, I would love to have one, but at about $350,000.00 I might have to sell a kidney or something – LOL. Again great job on the build.

-- Brett --- HOLY MOLY!

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#9 posted 670 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments, we designed it around the parts we had which we ordered only with a cutting capacity in mind.
We are using mach 3 and really like it.
I bought cut 2 d and photo v carve from vetric. I like the cut 2 d, jurys still out on the photo v carve software.
I have about 800.00-900.00 invested in the machine and 425.00 in software. Probaly could be built for less if i wasn’t so impatient!
The colt router is working good but when it burns out I may go with a brushless spindle.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#10 posted 669 days ago

Guys that can build stuff like this just amaze me! Hell, I can’t even understand how they work much less build one from scratch. My hat is off to you and your son.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 669 days ago

Wish I could get my son to help me build one, he’s the computer guy. I am not.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 669 days ago

Totally agree with gfadvm!

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#13 posted 669 days ago

Yea, Andy (gfadvm) said it all … have you ever tried to pronounce gfadvm???

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#14 posted 669 days ago

Very nice job! IMHO it’s hard to beat linear bearings and ground shafts for precision positioning.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#15 posted 668 days ago

@Grumpymike, I tried and spit out my upper dentures.

@Bowtie, Very nice job. There’s so much you can make with it.
Wish my son lived here instead of 400 miles north. We love to work together.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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