After getting great feedback from CNCZONE folks on what direction I should go with my first CNC Router, I decided on the Xzero ViperXZ 30x24.
After pestering George with a bunch of noobie questions,
I ended up making an order for:
8" Z Axis
Machined Table Top
Thomson Rail Upgrade
5 Proximity Switches
I currently have on Hand:
48V 7.3A Power Supply
Gecko G540 Driver
3 380 oz Steppers
Cables/Connectors/etc for said steppers
Computer (Currently runs a little lathe conversion)
1 home Built Table
What I don't have.
1. Software...ugh This is going to be tough. I have Mach3 for my lathe, but I have no CAM software. I use google sketchup for my CAD, but I may need something different. Any advice will be considered!
2. Bits...This one is very confusing to me. I have had some help from another post on this site, but I am still deciding what my first few bits are going to be.
3. Work Holding stuff/spoiler board. etc.
4. Working stock. Wood, Plastic, etc.
So I begin my experience log with the home built table.
The Wiener dog was a fine assistant.
I didn't have a big saw to cut up the 4'x8' piece of 3/4 inch plywood so I had Lowes cut it. It wasn't quite square, but close enough for the table. Oh well.
I kind of overkilled it with the stainless screws and all the glue. Oh well.
Getting it level on a floor that wasn't level was fun. I took a hand planer to the feet.