Well, I started off building a Joes with full intentions of doing it all by hand. However, the weekend killed off that idea. I started to cut up my MDF for each piece only to find out my crap woodworking equipment didn't do that well. Then again, what can you expect from the likes of GMC and family.
So after some head scratching I decided to go with my original idea and build a throw away machine whose sole purpose in life will be to teach me about putting one together and for cutting out it's replacement in the form of a Joes 2006.
So with some of the pieces of my Joes already purchased I came up with a way to do this build spending as little extra dollars as possible. It will be a mish mash of ideas from Joe, Lionclaw, JGRO and buildyourcnc. I started today by going to Bunnings and buying a hollow core door which I promptly cut down to the approximate length of a Joes machine so I could use the 25 NB pipe I bought. A hollow core door BTW is basically a cheap torsion box so I thought that would make a good base.
I then remembered a method found here (sorry, can't remember who came up with it) of attaching the pipe so I cut up what 30x30x3mm aluminium I had and after thinking for a bit screwed it to the side of the base. The pipe will be screwed/bolted to this making the whole thing rock solid. The pics show the base as it is being built, it is currently on it's "back" while I mounted the pipes and figured out where the holes in the ends would be. I bored the pipes holes oversize with a 35mm Forstner bit to give me a little wiggle room and it has all worked out fine... except for a couple of mistakes which I don't care about.
Tomorrow I will carry on with the gantry parts and the Z-axis parts while I wait for my bearings to arrive for my trucks. I grabbed just enough 30x30x3 mmm ali from Bunnings to do the bearing trucks so at least I can have them all drilled for when the bearings get here.
Anyhoo, Ill probably updated this as I go along. As least I am building something I suppose