View Full Version : my 37x54 router

02-16-2007, 04:27 PM
heres my new router almost done started three weeks ago i think im making good progress 31782 hope to have it finished in a week or two going to start mounting motors next week :)

Jason Marsha
02-16-2007, 05:00 PM
good job. You've got some beefy looking linear rails.


02-16-2007, 05:04 PM
yes they are big no flex there i wanted to build a good strong machine ,im going to be using it a lot :)

02-16-2007, 05:49 PM
Looks great, what kind of spindle are you going to run on that?

02-16-2007, 08:37 PM
i was planning on a Hitachi M12VC they seem to be very precise and most of all SHHHHH quiet :)

02-16-2007, 10:26 PM
i was planning on a Hitachi M12VC they seem to be very precise and most of all SHHHHH quiet :)

Most of the Joe's 2006' builds here on the log use the hitachi including my own. I personally wanted to go Porter Cable but the Hitachi router is absolutely the best bang for the buck hands down. Its a sweet router.

02-17-2007, 05:07 PM
you are not kidding there i dont know why porter and cable cost so much money my lord they must be making money like the oil tycoons.:rainfro: anyway there easy to rebuild too!!

02-17-2007, 07:24 PM
I doubt it, they are pretty reasonable for what they are. And in my experience porter cable products in general are very well made and constructed of solid materials. Plus their support is pretty awesome. I wouldn't ever use the hitachi for anything more than a spindle, it's got a pretty cheap base, but none the less makes a pretty damn good spindle!

02-18-2007, 01:31 AM
Seems like you're taking a low-hassle middle-road EXPENSE VS TIME. Kinda what I'm thinking of doing. The picture has a perspective that makes me want to confirm that your WORKING width is a clear 37", is that right?

If so, this is just about perfect since my desire is 32x48.

Any chance you'll make some crude drawings and materials list and sources?

02-18-2007, 01:39 AM
Can you translate that 3 weeks into actual hours?
Any kind of exotic shop machines you're using that lowers your hours?
Any cost forecasts yet?

02-18-2007, 06:02 PM
yes its 36 X 48 usable here is a breakdown of the parts

Thomson main rails bearing blocks came with the rails 360$ ebay new
top bars Thomson 55$ http://www.qbcbearings.com/
bearings top rails Thomson 3/4 twins ebay 29$ new
z axis star linear ebay 150$
fortal aircraft aluminum 250$ ebay
lead screws 92$ http://www.mcmaster.com/
bearings 36$ for lead screws ebay
steel for table frame 50$ Local steel place
stepper drivers motors all electronics 550$ http://www.kelinginc.net
misc screws nuts bolts 30$
mdf 3/4 two pieces for bed 56$ Local lumberplace
Vacuum clamping system home made will post later 30$
lead screw nuts 4 double adjustable 50$ ebay

Total 1738$ :) without Hitachi spindle

I have put about 40 hrs into it at the pic you were looking at.
I am lucky to have a mill and lathe to cut the parts.
should be a very precise machine when im done. ill post a couple cuts in about two to three weeks depending on how things go.

02-18-2007, 06:57 PM
i just finished mounting two of the motors i will post another pic on sun.:wave:

02-20-2007, 08:16 PM
can anyone help me find a router holder for a bosch rotozip rz5 model, all the ones on ebay are for porter cable.

Jason Marsha
02-21-2007, 07:24 AM
Try www.k2cnc.com


02-21-2007, 06:07 PM
ive tried them I cant get a response

02-22-2007, 02:26 AM
heres my new router almost done started three weeks ago i think im making good progress 31782 hope to have it finished in a week or two going to start mounting motors next week :)

Good job
Your workmanship is good
I am looking for a cnc router 3 d 24 " x 36 " x 6"
in kit form , can you help me to locate the suppliers

02-22-2007, 10:09 PM
Itchin for the pics!

This is a twin drive on the X-axis, right?

02-25-2007, 03:47 PM
yes it is im just getting the last x axis motor mounted now ill havem up soon;)

02-26-2007, 03:58 PM
Hi mar999,

I wondered if you were worried about flexing in your 37" axis. I could be wrong, but that seems like a large unsupported span, especially for 3/4" rails. I'd hate to see it disappoint you later considering the great work and money you've put in so far. Wish I had the funds for some of those components.

- Shawn

02-26-2007, 06:31 PM
Regarding the Keling hardware. What combo did you buy? Stepper torque and drivers are of interest to me. Did you get the package?

Oh and what TPI is your leadscrews?

02-26-2007, 09:40 PM
regarding the flex of the 37" span i dont think it will be a problem (at least i hope not the rails are very stiff) :) ill let ya know on the first cuts. regarding the Keling hardware i bought
there 2-425 oz-in for y and z 2-495 oz-in for x axis slave config and 5056 drivers the lead screws are 10tpi acme bronze nuts with my own antibacklash setup(hope this works too!!) i just botched my last motor mount gotta make another (chair)

04-01-2007, 03:39 PM
Ok i was away for about three weeks shes up and running working like a charm ive posted a pic of it (this is prob my third peice ive cut on it) its a template to hold one of my bodys for cutting the pockets in the back of a guitar. i just want to say thanks to all here for your FANTASTIC!! help this is one great place you people have made here. 34640 and yes im having a:cheers: Thanks again everyone :)

04-01-2007, 03:53 PM
ok were building another one a 30"longX10"wide just to do inlay+radius on guitar fingerboards ill post some pics soon guys. :banana:

04-01-2007, 04:59 PM
can you tell more/show some pictures of your z axis? I'm having problems with desighing mine and want to see what you did to yours. Thanks, Russ

04-01-2007, 05:11 PM
Wow, do you even sleep?:) You're building another CNC machine? WOW. What kind of jog speeds are you reliably running?

04-01-2007, 08:48 PM
i can run them at 55ipm i have the y axis at 75ipm when i get my solid motor mounts done ill prob be able to bump it up higher

04-02-2007, 03:02 PM
A man after (or in this case, before) my own heart!

I've been working on a machine for the exact same purposes (and PA cabinets)!

Nice work! Got any pics of completed instruments?


04-02-2007, 04:10 PM
yes i do heres two:) 34734 34735

04-03-2007, 06:02 AM
Sweet! Done with the router or by hand?


04-03-2007, 05:45 PM
These here are all done by hand. i have about 10 different models that are all going to be done with the router(including these) hence making the router. But still they are all going to be finished by hand(just makes my job a little easier).accuracy is spot on with this machine thanks to everyone in the zone:)

04-03-2007, 09:15 PM
Mar999 , please you can put a photo with the detail of the Z axis


04-03-2007, 09:45 PM
Sweet work. I've got a few designed and I'm hoping this hobby will enhance others!

This is what I'm currently playing on.


04-03-2007, 10:01 PM
ill get a pic up for ya of the z axis soon. nice guitar home made?

04-04-2007, 12:15 AM
First, that is about the sweetest DIY router I've seen. http://grburnett.us/webtricks/smilies/2bigthumbsup.gif

You wouldn't happen to know the manufacturer's part number on those main rails would you?

Do you, or anyone else for that matter know, can those open sided bearings be used to hang a component?

Again, Kudos!


04-04-2007, 04:32 AM
mar99, Thanks.

Yep, stone axe and bear skin tools. I made three and kept this one. I hoping to use the CNC to improve things.


04-04-2007, 08:33 PM
Im sorry but no i dont have the part # for the rails i bought them new off ebay from a store called Dock hardware (I threw the Thomson boxes away) sorry:( and thanks for the kind words on the machine:) 11bravo

04-04-2007, 08:39 PM
Im not sure about hanging a open bearing im sure ger21 could give us some help on that one:withstupi

04-04-2007, 10:36 PM
no close ups of z?

04-04-2007, 10:40 PM
ill try to get some pics of it for ya

04-04-2007, 10:41 PM

04-07-2007, 09:40 PM
nice job on your build, i would like to know more about your motor spec and and what driver your using, and if your slaving motors

04-08-2007, 08:38 AM
If ya read back a couple posts i have listed everything i used