I am completely new here and have a question. But this whole idea of CNC routing is new to me.
Is there a place I can get a more condensed list of what would be needed to build a CNC router so I can research a little more effectively and get more to the point?
Outside if this I have no idea what to ask at this point. I know that I am amassed and impressed with you guys.
The reason for this is that I am down on my back waiting for surgery and was prowling around on the net and found yall. I will to attempt to make a long story short, I am now retired and was looking into putting to use my fathers work shop and tools. He is retired military CE machinist, carpenter, and so on. He has a very well equipped work shop most set up for woodworking. He even has a router copier that he got a few years ago to do uniform sign lettering. But for several years my father made little house family name and address signs that he sold from his trailer where he had samples displayed on the side of the road. He would take orders and go home and use a labor intensive process to make the signs. He would cut out letters to form the house owners last name and numbers from pine boards. He would cut each letter attach them to a cedar board then spray coat the sign add the hanging hardware. Now he tried to pre cut hundreds of letters and create a stock of letters to pull from. Cutting the letters was the time consuming part of the whole thing. These signs were very popular here until his health stopped him from doing anymore of these signs a few years ago. To this day we still have people asking for these signs. The CNC idea I think would really make this a much better and faster task. Now that I have seen what yall are doing I would love to put together a CNC router that would cut the letters for these signs and maybe even consider making new style letters or even new signs. Maybe even do some metal cutting.
Thanks ahead of time
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(Note: The opinions expressed in this post are my own and are not necessarily those of CNCzone and its management)
there are a lot of great ideas and plans throughout the forums , one thing i ve done is go thru the galleries and save pics of a lot of designs and study them for hours on end and implement them into my designs
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Thanks guys for the links and reply. Yeah I am going throught here and every link that seem like it is going to help. As I am sure you know the more I look the more I get fired up about this idea. But at the same time I get confused but it will all straighten out. Again thanks guys and I will be lurking in the background for awhile.
Hello Allen welcome to the forum.
I built the JGRO router and believe me as much as a throw together job I did, it machines and routes signs extremely accurately. I am sure with access to a woodworking shop you will build an excellent machine.
Welcome to the world of cnc machines, its an addiction.
I built the JGRO machine, and it does GREAT! I built it for several reasons, but one of them is for the same basic idea as you.
Attached is a sign for our house, done relief style (MILLER), as well as my wife's name (SONIA) cut out of 3/4" pine, and my name (EDDIE) done as a recessed cut. Some of them were photographed before any cleanup.. i.e.. sanding, etc..
the toughest decisions come with what motors and drivers to use ,i would suggest doing some heavy research before making your purchases , i jumped the gun and bought a kit including motors and driver , after realizing this wasn t fast and powerfull enough i bought new motors and drivers around 6 months of the other purchase , its easy to get stoked and make the wrong decisions (for me anyhow) , drivers and the motors are the heart of the system buy wisely and hopefully once
in my opinion if you are planning a serious table i would suggest gecko's ,they can handle far bigger motors than many of the other drivers , leaving room for various sized motors
most if not all questions you post will be answered fairly quickly within these forums so you can be well assured your not alone in building your system , everyone here gets off on this stuff thats what brings us all here to share ideas and knowledge
Again guys thanks!!
Spent most of last night looking at the links yall put up and motors and stuff.
what software did you use or do you suggest? ANd will it use any font from the systems font files?
Well, actually I have a friend of mine letting me in where he works so i can use their system that has BobCad v20. In fact, I have been using these very signs as learning projects to learn bobcad. I still have a long way to go, since these are the best i have managed to date. Bobcad can use any font installed on the system, but it has a heck of a steep learning curve, and i have barely managed to figure out how to scratch the surface with it.. LOL
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Support your country buy American made. The job you save could be yours. Let the Communist develope their own economy. Not steal ours with their slave labor, government subsites, under valued currency and non existant intellectual property rights. Think about the true cost of that discount. Even a Canadian or Mexican made router would be a better investment for our future than supporting a Communist regime. This all may sound crazy but I believe it's time to use our economic buying power to foster democratic change. Fair trade, not free trade policies need to be instituted or the American worker will continued to get screwed.