View Full Version : CNC noob needs a machine

05-18-2005, 11:52 AM
Hi all, I am new to CNC routing. I have been shopping for a machine to replace myself in the production of my product. movingmesa.com (http://www.movingmesa.com)
I just can't afford a commercial machine so started looking at building one. What i need is a machine that can cut 1/4" to 3/8" plywood that is approx. 16" x 26" min. cutting area. I want to use porter cable router and spin bits that are 1/4" to 1/2" spiral/compression. Can anyone recommend plans for a machine that can do this? Have I given enough info for this purpose?

05-18-2005, 12:26 PM
Have you see the free jgro plans yet? If not, you might want to check them out.

05-18-2005, 12:36 PM
thats a pretty big cutting area (especially for a first machine) not sure if the jgro can handle that (but i'm a newb too)

05-18-2005, 03:31 PM
I'm pretty sure that the jgro cutting area is about 38" x 19" (look at cnc_dtl04). I'm pretty new too (still building my jgro router) but I'm pretty sure that it can be scaled up a bit. I don't know about the other requirements. One thing I can say is that the cost of the jgro router is in the $600 neighborhood... and that's for a handmade machine. I might look at the K2 rotuers advertised on this site... or maybe look for someone willing to supply the jgro pieces in kit form.

05-18-2005, 05:13 PM
Looking at the parts you need to cut i think the jrgo is a little to small for it. not sure.... i thought it is 15" wide cutting area? i can't remember because i redrew it and made mine a 25"x45" cutting area.

05-18-2005, 06:02 PM
or maybe

05-18-2005, 06:05 PM
Another option is a kit

or a complete router

05-18-2005, 06:35 PM
thanks for all the help guys. I hope I can find something from these choices.