I contacted Fine Line Automation (FLA) on 11/19/2010 with several questions about their FLA300 4X4 complete kit. Nate and I had 3 e-mail conversations, and all answers came within 2 days. I ordered the complete kit as well as 4 axis power using the G540 on 11/27/2010. Nate said the kit would ship between the 10th and the 15th, and it did.
I have never built a CNC machine, but I have owned 4 of them within the last 3 years, and still have 3, a woodworking Shopbot Buddy CNC router, a metalworking Syil X4 CNC mill, and a metalworking Syil C6B CNC lathe.
I started out intending to build a woodworking machine, and ordered the plans for the JoeCNC 4x4 Hybrid. After considerable drooling over the plans, I decided I lacked the confidence to build one, and instead ordered the Romaxx HS-1, a small, very well built steel and aluminum cnc router. I learned cnc on this machine, but after a year or so, I sold it and bought a Shopbot Buddy BT-48 with a 4’ Powerstick. My problem with the Romaxx was I kept on making small furniture models on the Romaxx, like chairs and stools, while lusting to make full size ones, hence I bought the Shopbot.
I still have the Buddy, and it is an excellent machine, but I am now into indexer work, and want to cut dovetails. I built an indexer for the Buddy using my 2’ Powerstick, but want a 4’ one.
This got me back looking at the JoeCNC plans again, but I still have concerns about the MDF parts here in humid Florida, so I started researching 8020 machines.
I first found CNCRouterParts, then FineLineAutomation, and I ordered the full kit mentioned above. What follows will be my build log for the FLA300.