I've wanted to make a CNC router for some time now.
I first used a cnc router a few years ago when I worked for a jigsaw
making business, we had one cnc router and two small laser cutters.
The router was capable of machining aluminum, but we mainly used
it for making timber signs and the occasional engraving job. On
the weekends I used the laser cutters and router to make all sorts
of things, from speaker boxes to windmill parts.
UPDATE... After a couple of years in storage, I've finally started to use my CNC table again. Here's the rebuild..
Multicam CNC router, 1200X1200 bed, vacuum table.
I left the business to work for a larger
engineering company to manage their new 5kW laser cutter, but I
missed the CNC router.
Another of my hobbies, windmills,
meant I spent some time searching the internet for windmill related
web sites, and I stumbled across Terrys
windmill site. Terry had built his own CNC router, on his web
site were a couple of movies your could watch of his router in action,
and I was hooked. I just had to build one.
So I started some internet research into other home
made cnc routers, and soon realised there was a lot more to home
made routers than I first thought. Its a big learning curve, with
a lot of redesign and rebuilding along the way. But at the end of
it all I can now say I have a working and useful CNC router in my
My own CNC router
This web site explains how I built my CNC router,
the problems I had along the way, and some useful information to
share with anyone else wanting to build their own CNC router. Enjoy.