I have shaped a couple of surfboards by hand and I am not great at it. I don,t want to spend the next five years shaping to become great. I have found a CNC router designed for shaping boards in Australia for about 65,000 witch I can,t afford. I thought I might try to make one. I have a realative with a machine shop that has built CNC machines and can give me sound advise. He works with metal and all I would need the machine for I polyester foam. If anyone reading this knows the motor requirments needed to power each axis. The machine I found at http://www.shapers.com.au/ will shape a board in about 8 minutes. I do not need this router to run that fast, I am going for the most economical machine for the money.
I found a set of plans that look pretty sound to me at- http://www.inshorepowerboats.com/cn...f/CNCROUTER.htm
The estimated cost of producing this machine is estimated at 5,000 dollars witch is a lot better than 65,000.
If anyone knows where to get plans for a router with an x axis of at least 24 inches, y axis 96 inches, and z with about 12 inches.
I'm not sure about plans. Something that I'm thinking about buying is from http://ez-router.com They offer all the electronics, minus the stepper motors, assembled in one package, and it includes the Mach Control. If you add up all the materials included plus labor for assembling
the parts, then it looks like a good deal to me.