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Woodsmith CNC Router Thoughts #1: XY Axis Fine Adjustment Idea

01-15-2021 06:08 AM by Mike_190930 | 0 comments »

The Woodsmith CNC has been a joy to work with these last few months. Maybe I’ll get around to posting some of the projects done on it, but I am having just as much fun adding to and modifying the machine itself between projects. One modification that stuck in my mental attic was how to adjust the squareness of the X and Y rails, and if that was really needed at all. Before deciding to commit to a potentially messy teardown and re-build, I had to carefully check the squareness of Y to...

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CNC Build #2: DIY CNC - phase 1: planning, continued

08-20-2020 06:34 PM by loupitou06 | 0 comments »

Now that you have determined your needs for the CNC machine, you have more or less determined the size of your machine and choose the material for the base/frame, the linear motion and the design of your gantry Now let’s jump on the next planning phase: 4. Motors and drivers In order to move your spindle – you are going to need motors, and here you have again 2 main options: 1. Stepper motors2. Servos Steppers are by nature open-loop: you tell them to move a N s...

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CNC Build #1: DIY CNC - phase 1 : planning

08-19-2020 01:28 AM by loupitou06 | 3 comments »

Hi fellow Jocks, Let me preface this blog series by saying I am by no mean an expert in CNC, I own and operate a Tormach and build a CNC router from scratch (see this post : ). But I picked up some useful tips along my journey that I think could benefit the community so take this blog for what it is – just a hobbyist CNCer’s opinion. So phase 1 of any CNC build is the planning: 1. What do you plan to do with your CNC ?2. How big...

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Lathe Cabinet Build #3: Making the Cabinet Box

01-05-2020 12:20 AM by Lazyman | 4 comments »

Finally posting the next installment on making the cabinet. After gluing up the panels, I decided to use oversized box joints to make the box for the cabinet. Instead of cutting them by hand, I decided make a router jig that would take the inaccuracy that typically happens when I try to cut them by hand. I adapted this from a jig I saw in a Woodsmith Magazine video. With this jig you get perfect fitting joints without any tuning of the jig. You simply cut the jig parts to the width y...

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Alignment ideas and modifications

10-31-2019 08:04 PM by Mike_190930 | 3 comments »

For the past couple of months, on and off, I’ve been constructing the Woodsmith CNC described in Issues 242/243. I view this as a first exploration into home-built CNC machines, so it is both a learning experience and hopefully, at the end, a very useful addition to the shop. Bruce MacDonald’s build thread on this forum has been inspirational, so I refer you to his postings for the bigger picture of the project, his modifications, and especially his ‘lessons learned’...

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I decided to cut some grass!

11-06-2018 11:18 PM by oldnovice | 9 comments »

This did qualify as a wood project because it is bamboo flooring and bamboo is not wood, it’s a grassI cut this out of left over flooring that Fernando, a head nurse, gave me to play with and, as I really didn’t have any play time I made this for him. It didn’t cut too bad but not nearly as clean as wood!The finish on the very too layer is extremely thin and it was difficult to not have any chip out. The lettering and border were cut with an Onsrud 1/8” tapered (...

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Bee Hives

10-22-2018 01:26 PM by beefoundstl | 1 comment »

Hello LumberJocks! I’m wondering if anyone can help me out with a project I’m working on. I founded Bee Found, a nonprofit designed to give free bees, hives and mentorship to veterans with PTSD. I had to suspend operations this year due to a deployment (i’m in the National Guard) but I’m currently doing research for when I return. I’m looking for a CNC machine that can create all aspects of a beehive, but while also a good value. As a new nonprofit, we don&...

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My CNC Adventure #1: The X Carve was a good start

06-26-2018 07:53 PM by JWags | 3 comments »

It’s been a long time since I posted. Since my last post, I’ve moved and gone from a half a 2 car garage shop to a 38×32 foot detached and heated shop. The home we moved into was owned by a custom kitchen cabinet maker – who worked this shop full time. I feel very fortunate having this space. I’ve documented setting up shop there on my YouTube channel: The actual shop move in video is:

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Project design visualization

05-08-2018 04:04 AM by OG51 | 5 comments »

We are living in a technological wondrous time. You hit buttons on machines and art pieces make themselves. In the old days I would put pencil to paper and sketch out a rough drawing and then pull out graph paper and start drawing my plans. Always tiny little gotchas where I failed to account for a piece part sticking out here or there. Today we can just spin up the squirrels in the ole’ computer and start digitally visualizing projects. And it only takes months to years to learn ...

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12x8 Shed #2: "Snow-Day" Gusset Plate Add-On

01-17-2018 07:18 PM by r33tc0w | 0 comments »

Well, NOLA froze over and the city shut down til about 10am today, figured I’d go in to the office to get some work done. However, the interwebs went down in the area and the guy who runs our printers helped me cut some gusset plates for the rafters out of some scrap 1/2” sign-grade plywood.I drew up the piece in sketchup which he translated in to Illustrator for the route path Tossed it up on the CNC And voila CNC is woodworking, just a different kind ;)

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