I'm new to machining and this forum. I just got my machine in January. My Shoptask is not CNC'd (yet) but this is probably the most active forum I've found related to the shoptask.
I had some trouble finding good/current information on the Shoptask while I was researching what machine to get and trying to figure out what I'd need to set it up. As Bloy2004 suggested I used an excelent guide by Tangoromeo. Of course now the Tri-power is out, so I guess new buyers are on their own again.
Anyway, since there was so little current info out there I decided to put up my own site. Not a guide really, just some observations on my experience.
Right now I'm working through some motor problems. Thanks in advance for checking out my site.
Heh... four k for a startup hobby is relatively minor. Have you priced snowmobiles or jetskis?
Nice looking site Dahui. Should be helpful for other new owners. I do have to admit though that the flash front page is annoying to me too.
psst... on the endmill breakage, check www.mscdirect and order something so you get on their mailing list. They almost always have import endmill sets in their mailers for very reasonable prices. Make good expendable "learn on them" tooling.
I'm also a freelance product designer so I've decided to do some of my own prototyping with the new machine, which helps take some of the sting out of the price. It is pretty comparable to anything else like golf or scuba diving or something. Machined stuff has always been fascinating to me and I waited about twelve years to finally get my hands into it.
It feels a lot better getting back into some fabrication, the computer was stealing my soul.
By the way, can I ask why you guys find the flash annoying? Just curious.
For me the annoyance of the flash intro pages is the obligatory wait. It's like a dvd that requires you to watch 10 minutes of trailers to see the movie you want. It's not so bad on highspeed, but on dialup the freeze while the flash loaded used annoy me enough that I'd often hit the reset button just to escape
At the suggestion of a couple folks on the ST users forum I sanded the gibs and the ways today and things seem better. I haven't had the chance to take any test cuts. I was surprised at how rough the finishes were upon closer inspection, or rather how much difference some elbow grease could make. The X axis is glassy now. I could have sanded that gib more, but my arm was pretty tired after doing the way and the tailstock. I don't have a grinder so I did it by hand with 400 and 600 grit wet paper and Tapmatic.
I've also made a bunch of updates to my site if anyone is interested. I made a mounting bracket for my DRO over the last couple days, just finished it tonight.