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DayneInfo
11-13-2006, 12:04 AM
I bought the Solsylva plans a couple of weeks ago. I have been spending most of my time buying parts, building a PC and playing with software. I got to see one of these routers work yesterday and it really motivated me to get going on mine. I have most everything done except for the main wooden parts. I plan to hook up my computer and drive components this week and finish the build next weekend. Here is a picture of what I have so far. I did not include any photos of the mistakes...would require too much band width....LOL.

txcowdog
11-13-2006, 12:15 AM
Good to see you using supported rails.That should help considerably with the accuracy seeing as how you won't have to worry about any flexing. Congrats on the start of something new and don't forget the pictures.

Jason Marsha
11-13-2006, 08:26 AM
Welcome to your new obsession.

Jason

DayneInfo
11-15-2006, 12:36 AM
Set motors on the table tonight. Followed directions for the Xylotex 3 axis kit and jogged them a bit. Made a box in drawing program and "cut" it with motors. Loaded as much of the Vcarve Bullshead sign as it would take and tried to play with it. Does fine until it tries to run 2 or more axis at the same time. Makes a loud stepping sound and motors almost vibrate off the table. Xylotex says bench testing will not give same results as on a machine, so I will not worry about it until then.

Dwayne

DayneInfo
11-19-2006, 11:31 PM
Well another weekend come and gone. Not finished yet but have made more progress. I now have all of the wooden parts made. Over the next couple of days I will be doing the assembly. Probably will not run until after Thanksgiving. Too many palces to go and too much food to eat. I used a mix of wood I have around the house. There is some Purple Heart, Cherry, Rift Sawn White Oak and even a little MDF and pine studs for the feet. Happy Thanksgiving All.

Dwayne

DayneInfo
12-02-2006, 10:50 PM
I have it completed. Installed a HF trim router tonight and acctually made my first cuts. A little cheesey but what do you expect from someone with no imagination. Now I have to buy the software and learn how to use it all.

Dwayne

DougO
12-03-2006, 12:47 AM
Congratulations. Looks like you did a good job.

I'm a beginner but I definitely love my Vcarve Pro. It is so much simpler than most of the programs I have tried and does a terrific job. Just my 2 cents worth.

DayneInfo
12-03-2006, 02:35 AM
The plan is to buy VCarvePro, PhotoVCarve and Mach. I have paid for Mach and am waiting for the license to be emailed to me.

Dwayne

jllewel812
12-03-2006, 10:12 AM
Hi, Your machine looks great!

I was wondering about your cable carrier. It looks like a great solution. does it swivel when the machine moves in the x direction? Could you post more pics of it? Thanks!!

jllewel812
12-03-2006, 10:14 AM
Looking at the picture more closely, it looks like it may be connected to the gantry. Just wondering. thanks again.

DayneInfo
12-03-2006, 10:37 AM
I took the idea from another router I saw here. The X axis and Y are set up the same way. What I did was build it so that when fully extended you have a 15 degree angle going up. This forces it in the right direction when you move. You have to remember 2 things, both ends have to be mounted the same height above the rails and both arms have the same distance between their holes. Here are a couple of closer pictures. Let me know if you need any more info.

Dwayne

thkoutsidthebox
12-29-2006, 12:41 PM
Very nice Dayne. If mine turns out half as good I'll be a happy camper. Im sorry I didn't buy the oak I originally intended now, but I'll have to stick with my MDF at this stage. Hardwood looks so much nicer.

Good Job. Any news or progress over Christmas? I've got to get my hands on V-Carve! :)

DayneInfo
12-29-2006, 01:31 PM
I have found that the threaded rod lead screws are not as accurate as I need. I am going to now build a bigger, better, faster machine. I have only so far tested and played with it to check accuracy but I am very happy with it. It was a fun project and I have learned alot with it. I boought Vcarve and it is fun to play with. I am looking forward to using it more, especially to make my next machine. I like the hardwood that I used in this build. I am sure it is more accurate that other parts of the machine. I have now added dust collection and installed a DeWalt trim router. The HF trim router was not holding th bit centered and I was getting oversized cuts. All in all a really cool toy.

thkoutsidthebox
12-29-2006, 02:53 PM
I am going to now build a bigger, better, faster machine.

Ahh....I hear this is the trap we will all fall into! :D Please keep us updated on your future build.

Mr.Chips
12-29-2006, 04:51 PM
I took the idea from another router I saw here. The X axis and Y are set up the same way. What I did was build it so that when fully extended you have a 15 degree angle going up. This forces it in the right direction when you move. You have to remember 2 things, both ends have to be mounted the same height above the rails and both arms have the same distance between their holes. Here are a couple of closer pictures. Let me know if you need any more info.

Dwayne

Do I see some exotic hard woods there in the Z Axis?
Pretty High Class Machine.

Nice Job.

ger21
12-29-2006, 06:33 PM
Do I see some exotic hard woods there in the Z Axis?

That's masonite. ;)

Or did you mean the purpleheart??

Lionclaw
12-29-2006, 07:39 PM
I took the idea from another router I saw here. The X axis and Y are set up the same way. What I did was build it so that when fully extended you have a 15 degree angle going up. This forces it in the right direction when you move. You have to remember 2 things, both ends have to be mounted the same height above the rails and both arms have the same distance between their holes. Here are a couple of closer pictures. Let me know if you need any more info.

Dwayne

Looks great Dwayne :) I spent some time trying to figure out how to do the same on my X-axis, but couldn't find a good way to attach it. Looks like you've got it working great.

Mr.Chips
12-30-2006, 08:10 AM
That's masonite. ;)

Or did you mean the purpleheart??

Yep, the Purpleheart, makes it a class piece.

Good looking machine.
Hager

DayneInfo
12-30-2006, 08:14 AM
Yes, there is some puple heart, cherry and the ever elusive tempered hardboard....LOL. I bought the hardboard, everything else was just laying around begging to be used.

Dwayne

thkoutsidthebox
12-31-2006, 08:36 AM
You found TEMPERED HARDBOARD!!!! I bow down to you. Or should that be to your local supplier! :)

Lionclaw
12-31-2006, 03:01 PM
You found TEMPERED HARDBOARD!!!! I bow down to you. Or should that be to your local supplier! :)

Here in southern california they sell it at most Home Depot stores.

thkoutsidthebox
01-01-2007, 08:13 AM
Here in southern california they sell it at most Home Depot stores.

grrrrr........:D

gmfoster
01-01-2007, 12:47 PM
Set motors on the table tonight. Followed directions for the Xylotex 3 axis kit and jogged them a bit. Made a box in drawing program and "cut" it with motors. Loaded as much of the Vcarve Bullshead sign as it would take and tried to play with it. Does fine until it tries to run 2 or more axis at the same time. Makes a loud stepping sound and motors almost vibrate off the table. Xylotex says bench testing will not give same results as on a machine, so I will not worry about it until then.

Dwayne

Cranky one of the first providers of cnc plans for cheap bulids always offered the advice '"Don't spin your motors untiull you have your table built". Thats a para phrase as I might not have it perfect but it is some of the better advice he has to offer. Actually some of the better advice anyone has offered.. Otherwise you may become a "motor spinner" and nothing more.

Good to see it dodn't happen to you your table looks very nice..


Garry

David Da Costa
01-01-2007, 01:15 PM
I agree, as per my latest experience where I thought I had damaged a motor and even went as far as ordering a new one (later cancelled), the motors behave very differently when they don't have a load to move (confirmed by Jeff at Xylotex) so I would not worry until you have tried them on the machine.