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  1. I originally posted this on Vectric's forum, but as it makes sense to post under this topic I'm sharing it here again. Sometimes a part that needs a little CNC work done on it is too small for any conventional bed clamp to hold down. I have used my drill press table vise on occasion, but it is rather tall. More useful on my CNC shark which has better Z clearance than my Probotix Meteor. Most wood vise parts are 1/2" BB plywood and cut out on my CNC. One small part on the bottom was a thinner piece of scrap plywood. I spaced the holes out so the vise would slide into 2 tracks of my CNC bed. Discovered by accident that the hole spacing also works in the solid t-track bed of my CNC Shark. Apologies for the B&W images. Accidently had the wrong setting set in my photo software. The 3/8" x 16 threaded rod pushes against a 5/16" vertical aluminum post embedded int the front vise jaw. Keeps the jaw from spitting. No handle designed for it yet. I turn two nuts jammed together on the end with a box end wrench. 4D
  2. I was perusing the Laguna Tools CNC customer stories and came upon this pretty awesome business, they build wooden mountain bikes, here is the Laguna page at https://lagunatools.com/customer-stories/savvy-cycles-wood-on-wheels/ Link to Savvy Cycles http://www.savvy-cycles.com/bikes.html The projects you can create by CNC are vast and endless it seems, how cool is that!
  3. Drafting and Design Have an idea you can’t translate into a drawing? The Design Services team at Laguna can help you with your design goals. 3D Modeling We can create models from scratch or using existing documents tailored for your manufacturing capabilities and provide file formats you can use with your CAM software. Toolpathing Our Design Services team can prepare toolpaths for your existing designs to get you up and running quick. If you want, we’ll even explain the process to you after so you understand each step. Software Training Our objective is to make sure that Laguna Customers have all the tools to bring their ideas to reality. We offer in-house and online software training sessions for VCarve, Aspire and RhinoCAM customers.
  4. OK, I going to try and stimulate this section a little bit with a simple challenge. If you were to guide a complete newbie on what to get, how to configure it, best sources of equipment and prices, and what software to use, what would your advice be for that person starting out? Recognizing that this is a broad subject, in order to narrow it down a little, and provide some guidelines, consider that; it is for hobby shop use, cost/size should be best value for the price, ease of set-up, ease of programming (best software), etc. I think that this should cover it...you get the idea. Basically, a primer on how to get started for someone who wants to get involved in CNC type work. Let's see where this goes and eventually get a step by step guide available as a suggested guideline. Bill
  5. You've read about these guys buying all these CNC parts and building their machines over several months, setting all the coded parameters with numbers and symbols that mean nothing to us common folk, limit distances, gantry whatevers, and a whole bunch of other technical stuff that is basically very daunting and downright scary. Doesn't have to be that way. Here's how a retired trucker (me) did it. First you open the crate and put the machine on the table you already have ready. Instead of the MDF bed that comes with it -- lay some T-slot from a place like 8020 for easier clamping - - holding the work piece in place with no movement is a must - that's about as hands on as I got doing my "build". Connect the wires to the controller, computer, and monitor Gotta buy a few bits Then you make a design using a good software program - I use Aspire And you're ready to make a little dust And then you get enough nerve to try carving While the others are figuring out whether part XR-145-06214 is compatible with part ZM-34875640 you're on the way!!!!! That's my way of doing a build. Never could figure out how that assembling and programming part by part was done. More power to those guys, but it's above my head. Why I did it this way? One of the head designers at my wife's plant (their machines are $100k up) was building his own at home and told me point blank - "If you can afford to buy a ready made one - do it!"
  6. This little project of 26 Walnut awards used most every tool in the shop but I did my best to be efficient and consistent with the steps so I could make these as identical as possible. Here are the steps outlined in the video below - Enjoy! David
  7. Back in April, my wife's cousin was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Subsequent testing indicated it had moved into his liver, and there were blood clots. His family and friends organized a benefit for him that was held yesterday. Sadly, Dwight passed away last Saturday morning. He had a lot of friends and they turned out in droves for the benefit. At last count, the live auction had raised over $47K...and almost $4K for the silent auction. BBQ plates - yes many were sold at $10 each. 450 went out to area businesses on Friday, and probably about that many more at the benefit. I contributed to the silent auction by making a sign with the Jack Daniels logo carved into it. As far as I know, it is a one of a kind. It turned out pretty nice and drew a lot of attention. Thirteen bids in all, and yes, some were repeat bidders. My wife said she noticed one lady that kept walking over to check out the latest bid. We think she may have been the eventual high bidder. And the good part is it sold for $240. That made me really happy. But in all honesty, I think it would have sold for more in the live auction, but that wasn't my decision. There were some deep pockets in the crowd. Here are some pictures of the construction and the auction. It was one of my first efforts with the new CNC. It took me longer to design the project than it did to carve it. RIP Dwight Cahanin. Mike
  8. I've got a closet in my spare bedroom (storage room) that I wanted to add another clothes hanger rod to. Among my scrap pieces I had two 1.25" diameter closet rod sections that together would be long enough, but neither was long enough on their own. The distance to span is roughly 22". This is a CNC-cut splice joint I came up with to solve the problem. Test cut on smaller scraps shown in the photos. I'm calling it my radial finger joint. Finished spliced rod now loaded with clothes and seems to be able to handle the weight with no complaint. If it does fail eventually I'll report back. 4D
  9. As the CNC guru where I work, the thing that challenges me most often is: How are we going to secure that piece of wood to the bed of our CNC? All our CNCs either came with a t-track bed, or have been modified by me to have t-track slots for clamps or jigs that can hold work in place. Most store-bought clamps hold work DOWN, but it is often more important to keep work from moving sideways. For that I've designed clamps I can cut out using the CNC which hold work by the top AND the side. On occasion I get project boards that will have something cut on the entire top surface. Any clamp I might use would be in the way of the spinning cutter. One solution (not my favorite) is to break the job into two or more tool paths. Each should leave room on the top for enough clamps to hold the work down. When the first is done the clamps are moved for the second tool path to cut where they used to be. A solution I've been using more of lately is to have the students hot-glue their project board to a slightly larger (1" extra around the perimeter minimum) scrap board. The glue holds the project board to scrap. The scrap then is where clamps are applied to hold all down and in position. I also am challenged to affix large and/or unusually shaped things to the CNC bed for some CNC work. The bed of our Probotix CNCs can be removed entirely to expose a t-slotted extrusion frame. Using drop-in nuts I've been able to mount an array of different jigs/brackets/fixtures to that frame which then let me clamp onto the unusual part. This adjustable angle clamping jig (and a larger version I use where I work) clamps to the front rail of the CNC frame and has let me cut most unusual things. That jig can be clamped at any angle between 90 (vertical) and 0 horizontal) and work can then be clamped at any angle on the face of that jig. I had to cut a mortise array 4 times on the bottom of an assembled student cabinet project as a solution for mounting her tapered legs to the cabinet. To hang her cabinet under the CNC I made bridging supports that spanned from side to side, bolting into the frame on each side. Photo below. LINK to the blogpost about it. Each semester brings new challenges. The reason I chose CNCs made by Probotix is the potential their open frame design brings. I mount their CNCs on a simple frame with no top surface. This leave the volume beneath them open to the floor for whatever challenge may yet come. 4D
  10. Proposal A new CNC forum has been discussed, bantered and messaged about. I am starting to get multiple messages regarding this subject, and I love them! But I just thought perhaps it would be best to put the idea out here, in open forum format so we can collaborate on the idea and discuss how best to proceed, and to have all suggestions in one area. Firstly, I love the idea, we want this to happen, and we will make it happen, but we want to jump in correctly and good. We already have a great start to the CNC Gallery as suggested by @honesttjohn and he has populated that gallery with a wonderful start of images to get us kicked off in the right direction. http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/gallery/category/22-cnc/ Questions So, here are a couple questions we have: The primary name of the CNC forum? Simply, CNC Forum? Should we have sub-categories within the forum? Your feedback Please ask questions here, submit your ideas for a successful CNC Forum, all ideas are welcome, no matter how crazy they are, we welcome all! Thank you woodworkers for your feedback on this very important matter. I'd like to remind everyone that this is your forums, the more participation the better.
  11. I cut this sign for my step-daughter. It was my first attempt. Not real happy with it, but it will have to do. They drove in from Oklahoma for her husbands grandfathers funeral. She loves it. And she said "I could have used it at the kennel this week because we had to put Chloe in the kennel while we were on the road". I plan to improve on my finish work. The carving went great, but was slow because the paw prints took a long time to cut with a 60 deg v-groove bit that has a flat tip. Sure looks good though. And the paint was hard to sand off. That I will work on for future signs. Just a beginner making beginner mistakes.
  12. Recently I purchased a new CNC machine from Probotix. I decided the Asteroid was the biggest model I could fit into my cramped work space. In fact, I had to build a frame that would straddle my router table double decker bus style. So far it has worked out OK. Not knowing anything about CNC's and the design software required to create the projects and generate the code necessary for the CNC to understand was quiet intimidating. In fact, I was just plain skeered. But thanks to my fellow Americans, I moved forward. I downloaded the trial version of V-Carve Pro and started watching their many tutorials on You Tube and the videos of a lot of other folks that use V-Carve. As the weeks went by, I became more and more comfortable with the design software. Another factor was the Linux Operating system. I know nothing about it, but that is what comes with the Probotix machines. That turned out to be no problem. It appears to be a basic slimmed down version of Windows. That makes it easy to cut, paste, delete, make new folders, etc. I admit, I am still learning more about the Controller interface as to what all the buttons are for and their functions, but I have managed to home the machine, set the x,y,z to zero and run the files I need. So far, so good. 'Course there was the time I started the program, but forgot I had turned the router off it's switch. That was kinda ugly. So, there I was with a bad fever and no machine. I was chomping at the bit. Then my wife mentioned our daughter/husband was going to New Orleans so Guy could attend a maintenance convention. And her female cousins' husband was also going (wife also). And another cousin was also going to the same convention. Some as vendors, Guy as a company maintenance manager. Wife wanted to go and hang out with the girls for a day or so. She asked if I wanted to go. I said yes...and when we leave, we can run over to Ft Walton Beach and pick up my new CNC!!! She said yes. Now, was that slick or what? ha ha ha. We turned Mike & Pat's big adventure into a mini vacation traveling from Houston to new Orleans, then on to Ft Walton Beach, and Destin. Got to enjoy some great food...mostly Cajun seafood. I had called ahead to make sure they had a machine ready, but they didn't. Len gathered his guys in a huddle and they agreed they could have it ready when we got there...and it was. Is that great or what? They loaded it up and we pointed our wagon to the west (my pillow awaited me a mere 600 miles ahead)! So this turned out great. On the way back, we stopped in Biloxi and ate at a restaurant on the waterfront, then hit the road again. The freight would have been $400+ so we spent that doing vacation things and still brought the machine home.
  13. From the album CWD CNC Boxes

    A small lift top trinket box with two compartments made from Cherry.
  14. From the album CWD CNC Boxes

    A small lift lid single compartment trinket box made from Cherry
  15. The Shop is now open and a well deserved celebration due!!
  16. From the album from honesttjohn's Lab

  17. From the album from honesttjohn's Lab

  18. From the album Construction Truck

    Actually, I didn't have to use the CNC to cut any of the parts. But, they were all uniform, the holes lined up, and I'm sure it saved some time doing it all by hand, and risking just being a little off - especially the holes that the dowel rods had to go thru connecting the right side to the left side. Besides, I had wanted to see if I could make parts that actually made something.
  19. From the album Patriot Work

    Lady at the fundraiser saw this, won it, and had me finish it for her 92 year old Dad.
  20. From the album Construction Truck

    Found it easier to put sections together and then assemble the sections together

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