Making a CNC Router #2: Part 2: Making the Stand

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Blog entry by KylesWoodworking posted 02-26-2011 06:57 AM 3554 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well today I didn’t have school due to a snow day, so I figured I would work on my CNC some more. I knew that I needed a stand to put the CNC on and to make it sturdier, so I was off to Google SketchUp! I wanted to make the CNC about counter height, so I made the stand 34 1/2” high plus the 1 1/2” table of the CNC makes it 36” high overall. Here is the simple design that I came up with using 2×4s for the stand:

So I was off to making saw dust!
First, I cut five 2×4s up to get all four legs and eight supports:

Then I drilled pocket holes in the ends of all eight supports:

Here is a video of me assembling the stand:

Here is the stand completed:

I also got all the threaded rods in all 3 axis:

I did receive quite a few questions about my CNC so I will answer some of them here:

Q: What do you have in mind for the software?
A: I have Mach3 and LazyCam. Not familiar w/ them yet because I have not been able to use them. I also am using Google SketchUp to design the projects and then I got a plugin to convert them into g-code.

Q: What size working/cutting envelope for your cnc?
A: The table size is 2’ x 4’. The cutting envelope is about 19” x 38.”

Q: What materials/projects are planned for your machine?
A: With this CNC, I plan to make custom signs, hard to make pieces for projects, I might play around with making 3D stuff, and whatever else I could use it for.

Q: Is the CNC in your room? Besides being noisy they get really messy fast.
A: Yes, this CNC is in my room. But I defiantly do not plan on using it in my room. Right now I have it in my room only to assemble and test out the electronics(when ever I get them)

Q: What type of electronics do you need?
A: (3) 425 oz-in stepping motors
(3) Drivers (3.0Amp 24-40 Volts, 1-1/64 microstepping)
(1) 36v 8.8a Power Supply
(1) Breakout board
(1) Cooling Fan
Here is the website that I plan on eventually buying them when I save up enough money:

Also, I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a donate button on my website at (it is on the left hand side) if anyone is interested in helping me out. You can donate any amount you want (even a penny if you would like) and I would greatly appreciate it and I could get this project done a lot faster.

I know someone is probably also going to suggest that I should make shelves on the stand. Well I plan to make two shelves, one for the electronics and computer to be mounted on, and the other for random stuff/ accessories. I also plan on closing the electronics in with Plexiglas to keep the dust out. I also plan on getting caster (wheels) for the stand to make it easier to move around. These are the casters I want to get from

Thanks for reading, more questions are welcomed!


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#1 posted 02-26-2011 08:20 AM

A Miracle!! As I said in Your First Post on this. I probably should have Posted it in here instead. I THINK it might have worked …LOL….YIKES IT DID!!

So People….Everything below came from My Comments on Kyles First Posting on this Topic.

You Really do have a ”Donate Button” on your site!!! I read about it in Part 2 of Your Blog also, under a Large string of Questions that you received. Did they come from the Posting on YouTube? I can only see 1 maybe 2 of them on here.

I”m NOT sure if it’s necessary or not but did you ask ”jm84235” if it would be okay to Quote his Comment on here on your other Post? i.e. ....”Also, fellow LumberJock, jm82435, said that “If everyone who posted here would just send you $20 you could be on your way…” and I just wanted to let everyone know that there is a donate button on my website at (it is on the left hand side) if anyone is interested in helping me out”

Perhaps it’s just me but it’s NOT something I would have done, but jm82435 probably doesn’t mind anyway.

Your “Donate Button” also connects directly to PayPal. Lot of Bad Stuff going on with them right now. I have an account…I WON’T use them after my last 6 MONTH Squabble over a charge that wasn’t mine!!!

If your trying to make/raise Money how come your “Projects For Sale” has “0” items in it???

You show a fair amount of Tools in ”My Tools” in there. Would it not be worth the effort to make a few items to Sell to Raise the Money???

Now that I’ve done all this in here…it probably would have been more appropriate to do it in “Part 2” that you just Posted ….LOL…. Maybe I can figure out how to Drag it over there.

Good Luck on Your “Fund Raising”!!!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 08:42 AM

I have not had any problems with PayPal. If you are having trouble with it you should contact PayPal’s customer support. I am by no means trying to force anyone to donate on my website. I am just a 17 year old with no job, trying to raise money to do this project. Like I said before, I don’t have any products for sale on my website because my “workshop” is on my cold, snowy porch and I am also in school, which doesn’t give me much time to make a lot of stuff.


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#3 posted 02-26-2011 08:56 AM

A few suggestions:

The casters are going to raise the height. Did you allow for that in your design?

Even the best locking casters will wander a bit under load, and these things tend to produce a fair amount of load. <ight I suggest some sort of movable caster mount that would raise them when not in use? MUCH more stable.

If you make a tent of canvas over this and insert a dust hose from a shop vac, you could use it in your room without alienating your mom too much.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 09:37 AM

Thank you Kyle. Who do you think I spent 3 Months arguing with “Customer service”. They even froze my Pay Pal Account that had 5 Times the Money in it I was trying to “Educate” them about.

Have Fun with your project.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 06:19 PM

I did allow for the caster height in my design. I plan on mounting the casters on the bottom leg supports, so it would only raise the height about 1/2” to 1.” I did not know if the locking wheels would move or not, though. My thinking was if I got four locking casters on the stand, with all of them locked, it should not move too much. I guess I will have to try a couple of different options.


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#6 posted 02-26-2011 08:17 PM

Hey Kyle, keep it coming.

Have you tried ‘driving it around’ with your drill connected to the motor couplers? I found this a good way to check for all kinds of problems while I was waiting to afford the next step(s). You can also get a feel for how fast/slow it is going to run and if you get any backlash or screw whip problems.

Fun to watch,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 08:33 PM

great job everthing seems to be coming together. How much do you think your gonna spend total in the build? from start to finish computer soft/hardware and everything.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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#8 posted 02-26-2011 08:57 PM


Yes, I did try “driving it around” and for the most part, it’s pretty smooth. I do need a little work on the z-axis though. Thanks for the tip.

Well here is what I estimate on price:
Hardware: $250
MDF: $30
Electronics: $450
Router: Already Have One
Computer: Already Have One
Software: Free (I got all the free versions)
So any ware between $700-$800 if you include the hidden cost (i.e. tax, shipping, etc.) and you also may want to add/upgrade stuff to the CNC.

Hope this helps,


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#9 posted 03-03-2011 05:08 PM

It’s looking good Kyle. I’ve used Sketchup with the phlatscript plugin and had decent results. You can probably save a little money if you don’t mind soldering and build your own controller and power supply.

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#10 posted 11-03-2012 10:56 AM

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