My outline idea for the machine was a smallish, compact design with a good degree of accuracy but without spending an absolute fortune.
I am lucky to have a fairly well equippped workshop with a huge Milwaukee milling machine (non-CNC but DRO equipped), a couple of lathes and a small Step Four Basic 540 desktop craft miller.
To be honest, all I've really done is manufacture parts that hold all the standard fittings together - I've not really made anything of significance.
Next post will give some more details.
Another general pic of the machine and a closer view of the Y and Z drive axis.