Need recommendation for small hobby CNC router (? I think . . .. ). I need to make wood on-lays, primarily celtic knots, primarily cut out rather than engraved, maybe some engraving but that's not the primary focus (forgive me if I'm using cut out vs. engraving incorrectly!). So, need basic uniformity on multiple, though repetitive/basic cut outs. Thin wood, majority probably 1/8" or 1/32" thick. Some longer than standard work areas on smaller "hobby" machines, so would ideally have "pass through" capability (stopping, moving, resecuring, so, manual pass through). I did a little research, so have a basic idea of what's out there . . . would just love help/advice from someone(s) more knowledgeable than me!
The higher end Cricut (Cricut Maker) (more crafty than power tool) will cut thin wood (but no pass through, so I'd just have to do smaller sections), but I'm more power tool than crafty, and have always wanted a router with table, so thought an entry level CNC might be a more fitting alternative to the Cricut. Or, any other suggestion would be great. I have a Dremmel and Rotozip, but me freehand cutting with those . . . they're good for a lot of things, but with me anyway, cutting any kind of predictable line would not be one of them : )
Looking for something under $500 and relatively easy to use, though I'm wiling to put some time into learning it. As of now, I'm really looking for it to complete one major project, and though I may well fall in love with it, at this point, want to keep the investment more entry level as it's just for the final decorative onlays.
Any advice, or even recommendation of another forum to post/ask in, would be much appreciated!