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Offline backyard_cnc

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CNC tools for the home shop!
« on: November 22, 2008, 01:09:27 AM »
Hi all,

here's a few shots of my small CNC toyz! A  desktop mill, very nice, well built and precise, much more machine than say a minimill or a Sherline/TAIG mill ! Also a great little CNC router which gets lots of use doing custom carved oak signwork! A sample of which is visible behind the milling machine. I have a small CNC lathe as well but it still has a few bugs to be worked out as time permits.

Gerald

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2008, 02:18:05 AM »
Hey Gerald,

Glad you started posting. You got some nice toys going on there. Is that mill CNC only?

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2008, 02:26:45 AM »
Gerald

I guess that I must be following you around. You have the pictures up here that I asked about in your other post. Nice Mill and Router. Did you build the cncrouter yourself or is it a commercial bit? It looks like it is a sturdy bit of machine. I am thinking that it is built of aluminum or steel. Very nice.

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2008, 02:47:23 AM »
Gerald

I guess that I must be following you around. You have the pictures up here that I asked about in your other post. Nice Mill and Router. Did you build the cncrouter yourself or is it a commercial bit? It looks like it is a sturdy bit of machine. I am thinking that it is built of aluminum or steel. Very nice.

cheers :beer:

Don

Mostly Al but some all the rails are steel. It was produced by a chap with a commercial machine shop about 3~4 years ago. He did quite a few and sold them on ebay. Unfortunately they are no longer available as they were quite well built. I have been well pleased with it. Very sturdy and reasonable fast, only problem is only about 18 by 18" cut area. I can get 100ipm rapids no problem . I generally carve oak to .250 inch with a V bit at 35~40 IPM. Can go a little faster maybe but with small spindles is a risk. I just made a new mounting plate and got a BOSCH PR20 router on there so I may do some tests and see if I can up the cut speeds to maybe 45IPM without risking dropped steps. I am working on another larger router project (maybe 24" by 30" work envelope) but mostly gathering and making parts so far.

So many projects so little time and money!

Gerald

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008, 02:52:47 AM »
Hey Gerald,

Glad you started posting. You got some nice toys going on there. Is that mill CNC only?

Eric

Eric the mill is CNC only but i do as much manual machining with it as full CNC. I consider it to be a mouse controlled manual mill with power feed and DRO on all axis. There are times when I wish it had actual cranks but software is easy enough to use for simple moves and cuts. I am looking at maybe getting a decent sized tabletop mill to get a little more axis travel. If I could find a good used BRIDGEPORT locally I would try and grab it for sure. That's the trouble with tools, you always want a bigger one!

Gerald

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #5 on: November 22, 2008, 02:58:21 AM »
... That's the trouble with tools, you always want a bigger one!

Gerald


Yeah tell me about it, I am planning to demo the garage to build a bigger one for more room. I am going to convert my X2 shortly to CNC to build more things to pay for a bigger mill so I can do more to pay for a CNC conversion... see where this is going?

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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #6 on: November 22, 2008, 08:49:21 AM »
Thanks Gerald, some ideas there to think about.....more things to do !!!
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Re: CNC tools for the home shop!
« Reply #7 on: November 22, 2008, 12:49:17 PM »
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Yeah tell me about it, I am planning to demo the garage to build a bigger one for more room. I am going to convert my X2 shortly to CNC to build more things to pay for a bigger mill so I can do more to pay for a CNC conversion... see where this is going?

Eric

Eric,

I had considered doing a CNC of my X2 but don't think I will. I did start though and made the motor mount for the X axis. It may become a power feed at some point.

Gerald
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