mikem

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    MikeM's CNC Build

    So I managed to finally get some time out in the shop. I worked on getting the Z-Axis rails mounting holes done. This included drilling out and tapping the screw holes. Once I got the rails mounted, I wanted to see how close I got it to the original prototype. If you recall, I had a lot of problems with getting the X-Axis plate mounted properly, so I wasn't using the prototype as a guide, but rather went back to measurements. I was pleasantly surprised that the prototype plate fit! This will help a great deal with making that part. Hopefully I will get some more shop time soon!
  2. I want to echo what Minnesota Steve said about Ryobi. I moved from a similar grade sander to a Bosch 5" ROS. The difference between the two is night and day. The old sander's vibration was awful, which definitely meant it wasn't good for extended use. The Bosch sander has very minimal vibration to the hand, allowing for many hours of comfortable use. The thing I noticed is that the final finish of my projects very noticeably improved, simply because the ergonomics of the tool allowed me to properly work up the grits. And I also want to second the idea of cordless vs. corded tools. U
  3. That reminds me of a similar story that I read recently. A couple, on nearly a daily basis, was receiving random items being shipped to them from Amazon. They didn't order them, and weren't being charged for the items. What is thought to be happening is it is a fake review company buying these items, enabling to put positive "I bought this" reviews on the item, to get them to show higher in Amazon's product listings.
  4. I remember watching Tommy Mac's first season of Rough Cut, and it was, well, rough. The problem with any new host/woodworking show, is it is instantly going to be compared to Norm. Most likely the new host will need a few episodes in season 1 to figure out his methodology to make the show work for him. I am betting it will get better as it moves along, much like it did with Tommy Mac.
  5. Hello from the Dayton area!
  6. In the last 7-8 years that I have been going to them, I have never seen a strong presence on the west coast, but to your point, this year especially, I have notice that the number of shows has declined. The educational sessions have gotten to the point that they are very repetitive and basic, so that is no longer my driving reason to go as it once was. Many of the prices on the products I see at the show actually are on-par with what I have seen at my local Woodcraft. Frankly my local Woodcraft is a much better resource on products and education. My rule of thumb is when I go to a show, I
  7. The last few years the show hasn't been that great. The only reason I go is to get the deal on their Bessey Revo clamps. There were a couple other companies besides Peachtree (which really covers 85% of the show) that used to have booths there that I would buy from yearly. Unfortunately they haven't been going the last couple years. I probably will go one more time next year to complete my Revo Clamp collection. Since the venue for Columbus is about 1.5 hours from me, so the cost of gas, ticket, and parking makes it harder to justify going.
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Hey Mick, alas, I haven't gotten much shop time since the end of November. My shop is an unheated garage (except for a kero-heater that the outside temp needs to be over 30 to be usable). Between the busy holidays and the VERY cold temperatures we have had, I haven't been able to work on it. Hopefully will get a chance to work on it again soon!
  9. I will second the video series that higtron posted. I have worked closely with Jason with the design and build of my machine. He is actually working on building his second machine right now.
  10. Also, what materials are you wanting to machine on the CNC?
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Thank you Mick! I am looking forward to seeing it going as well! I saw you have a build going as well! Should be a nice machine!
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    Big is better?

    I don't really think of my machine as being that big. The cutting area on my machine is approximately 27.5x20.5x8, with a footprint of 32x39.5 I would consider it more mid-range. There were three factors in determining size for my build. 1) Room in my shop. 2) The size of the work pieces I will be putting on the machine. 3) Finally, the cost. That said, size doesn't necessarily make the machine better, it really comes down to what you use it for. I know someone building a machine that he is going to be cutting brass parts. He needed rigidity more than anything. This machine
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    I am now current with the posts. I have been working on the Z Axis, and will get an update and pics posted once I have made sufficient progress. I am moving a little slower on it right now, as my only heat in the shop is a kerosene heater. This unfortunately means I don't get as much time to work out in the shop since I am limited to weekends only now. (Takes too long to heat up to make the shop usable during the week)
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original Post Date: 11/28/2017 I was able to take advantage of the long weekend, and got more work done on the CNC. I fabricated a nut adapter so that I could attach the X Axis plate to its lead screw. This was a bit of fussy work so I could get a perfect fit, requiring me to take a bunch of pieces apart every time I tested the fit. I was finally able to get it. After I got that fitted, I spent some time getting everything buttoned up and solid. If you notice the adapter I made extends back a bit. This is so I have something that will make contact with the stops I put in. Once I get the l
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original Post Date: 11/20/2017 Since my last update, I got all my aluminum plate in that I will need to finish out the X axis and to build the Z axis. The biggest piece I ordered was 8”x 36”x ½”. That piece was heavy. I got it cut down to the pieces I needed a couple weeks ago, and last weekend started working on the plate that will move along the X axis. This is where I ran into some issues. If you recall, I made an MDF prototype of this piece. It turns out the MDF was not flat, and threw off my measurements for the real piece. So the first attempt at drilling holes ended in failure. I c
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original Post Date: 10/30/2017 A quick update on my build, as I am still waiting on my aluminum order to come in. This weekend I milled and cleaned up the 2x4s I used to make a level surface for the torsion box bed, and used that to make a shelf that the control box will set on once it is build. I started getting ready to draw up the design for the enclosure, but after some discussions with a friend, decided I was better off waiting on that phase until I have all the electronics that will go in it in hand. I have all the aluminum for the machine ordered, so I can provide a more complete m
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original post date: 10/23/2017 Made some more progress on the CNC this weekend. First the longer rails for the gantry I ordered arrived. I decided to get the longer rails after taking some measurements of the bed, gantry, and lead screw, and found that I would definitely benefit from a little large capacity. (About 2-3 inches mores) After getting those installed, I worked on making prototypes of the parts I will be making out of aluminum plate with MDF. Next steps, I need to source the ½” aluminum plate and fabricate the actual parts. Also, I need to finish the stand the CNC is on. I need
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original Post Date: 10/13/2017 A quick progress update. I worked on attaching the lead screw for the X Axis on the gantry. The 8020 bar that holds the screw is set back on the gantry for two reasons. First, if it was lined up to the other two bars, I wasn't able to get the anchor fasteners tightened, and two, it does add it the overall rigidity of the gantry. So I ended up fabricating L brackets to extend up high enough so that the screw will be centered to the stepper, once it is mounted, but also so that the nut was below the level of the bearing guides. It took some tweaking to get it
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    Original Post Date: 10/2/2017 I have made a little more progress on my build. I completed installing the lead screw for the bed axis. I made and glued brackets to the bottom of the bed to hold the mounting blocks for the screw. I drilled a hole in the center of the 8020 bar on the bottom of the gantry so that the screw can pass through it. I also fabricated a nut adapter out of aluminum plate so I could get the screw nut attached securely to the 8020. There were a few first for me on this, as I have never worked with a blank of any metal to make it into something useful. I have also never
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    MikeM's CNC Build

    To help get the new CNC sub-forum going, I am posting the progress report I posted on another forum. I am including the original post dates as a frame of reference on these. Original Post date: 9/14/2017 So as I have alluded to in some other posts, I am in the process of build my own CNC. I started the process earlier in the year, and have spent much time planning and procure (as the budget allowed) the various components for the machine. I worked with a friend who designed and built his own CNC a number of years ago to design my machine.The build got started in July when I assemble
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    CNC - Thanks!

    When I first got started thinking about building mine, I started doing some research on the Internet. The best resource was when I started working with a friend who had designed and built his own machine. He helped me avoid some pitfalls like looking at supported vs. unsupported rails, what materials to use, and so on. Before you start designing a build, the 2 questions you want answer is, how big of a cutting surface you want, and what materials you want to cut. For my machine, the size was dictated by the space available for it in my shop, so I will have cutting surface of 27.5"x20.
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    CNC - Thanks!

    Agreed! Thank you! I am just starting my journey into CNC with building my own machine. I am looking forward to learning from others' experiences as well as sharing my own.
  23. As I am currently building a CNC Router, I would definitely participate in a CNC sub forum.
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    Table Saw

    I have an old craftsman saw that is easily 30+ years old. I put a modern fence on it, and a few other upgrades. It will last until I decide to make the move to a cabinet saw. At that time, it will likely go to someone else who will use it for years as well. I got the saw used from Craigslist for $100 about 7-8 years ago. I will echo minorhero, since your budget is limited, there maybe other tool options you can look into for your dad. If you can get us some background as to the type of woodworking your dad does we can give you some more options.