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Making a CNC Router Part 1: Assembly

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Well I just turned 17 years old today, February 23, 2011, and I have always wanted to make a CNC router. So for my birthday, I asked my dad to get me a CNC hardware and plans kit from www.buildyourcnc.com. Then I went to Lowes and the Home Depot to get a sheet of MDF, aluminum angles, threaded rods, and various other items I needed to make the machine. So the whole weekend last week, I’ve been working on cutting all the parts I need and then drilling all the holes in the pieces. Here is my progress so far:

Plans and hardware I got from www.buildyourcnc.com:


Parts I cut from a single sheet of 3/4” MDF:


 


I used my small dremel tool drill press to drill all the pilot holes, since I don’t have a real drill press.


Then I drilled all the holes:


 

 



In the plans, this is how it shows to attach the nuts for the threaded rods to go through:


I did not think this method was strong enough so here is what I came up with:
First, I got a piece of plywood and cut a hole in it to fit the square nut and glued it down:


 


Then I cut another piece of plywood and dilled a hole a little smaller than the nut (so it wouldn’t fall out) and then I glued it to the other piece of plywood:


 


Here is the CNC all done:


 

 



...And here is a video of me assembling the machine:


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Now I have to save up about $400 for all the electronics to get it running. Will post when I get that far. (May take a while. haha) Let me know if anyone has any advise/questions/comments/suggestions! By the way, the table size is 2’x4’ and the cutting envelope is about 19”x38”

Thanks,

Kyle

 

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9 Comments

Reply KE
10:32 PM on May 21, 2011 
Great Video. Thanks for taking the time to make it. I cant wait to see a video of the machine in action.
Reply Kyle Ely
11:54 AM on May 22, 2011 
KE says...
Great Video. Thanks for taking the time to make it. I cant wait to see a video of the machine in action.

KE,
If you click on "Videos" on the left toolbar, there is a video of my first cut made with my CNC.
Reply Roger
10:49 AM on January 1, 2012 
Great job. It looks great.
I'm thinking of building one of these also. What Softeware are you using?
Reply Kyle Ely
3:58 PM on January 1, 2012 
Thanks Roger,
I am using Mach3
Good luck,
Kyle
Reply Rick Evans
10:17 PM on April 16, 2012 
Outstanding video...thank you. Who is the music sung by?
Reply Kyle Ely
10:09 PM on April 18, 2012 
Thanks Rick, the song is Ooh La La, sung by Faces
-Kyle
Reply used cnc router
1:19 AM on July 7, 2012 
This bolg is great. I like the video.Great job. It looks great.
I'm thinking of building one of these also.
Reply Tanner
8:56 PM on June 12, 2013 
I can not seem to find the plans for this cnc router on the website you listed, any way I could get them from you or do you know where to find them.
Reply Kyle Ely
8:40 PM on June 16, 2013 
Tanner says...
I can not seem to find the plans for this cnc router on the website you listed, any way I could get them from you or do you know where to find them.

Here is the link:
http://www.buildyourcnc.com/cnckitintro.aspx