Hi Anthony, I only visit CNCzone once a week or so because I find it somehow time-warps me 5 hours into the future in what seems like a very short period......! Anyway, good to see you've caught the JOES 2006 bug like myself and a couple of other Aussies.
Progress for me has been very slow, although I'm hoping to ramp it up after a house move at the end of this year (to Newcastle). I've collected the bearings (from vxb usa), some HDPE, and stepper motors. I'm finding it a bit of a challenge to source lead screws of appropriate size. There's a guy on ebay who ships some from china (ball screws) for a reasonable price, but I may have to reduce the X axis length a bit due to shipping issues.
I'm holding off sizing all the axis until I get all the lead screws.
I, like you, am a bit "green" when it comes to CNC so are feeling my way along a bit.
Router wise, something like the Bosch GMR 1 might do the job? I may even just try a cheap laminate trimmer to start with? Long way to go till I get to that stage though.......... - Craig.