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CNC Carving Machine

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  • #139388
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    Anybody have any experience with a CNC carver? I am wanting to make some fairly small signs and maybe a decorative trim piece or two. I know Rockler has one they sell and so does Woodcraft. There are a few more floating around. Anybody care to put in their two cents worth.

    #139395
    WoodDoc
    Pro

    CNC machines are the big leagues.
    It is amazing how those big ones in big cabinet shops throw the wood around cutting everything so perfect and fast.
    How many signs are you doing?
    I’m not sure we are talking about the same thing. CNC machines I know about start at 50k.

    #139399
    kurt@welkerhomes.com
    Moderator
    Owatonna, MN - Minnesota

    Rockler has versions that are in the 3 – 4 k range. They will handle a piece roughly 2′ x 3′ and use a router for a powerhead.

    Imwould check the rockler stores around you if there are any. The ones here have CNC demos oncema month and a lot of the CNC owners comemin to discuss projects.

    #139403
    redwood
    Pro

    No experience, but would love to know.

    Amazon has a few, some priced in the sub $ 1k range, though I wouldn’t suspect that they are top quality.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #139460
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    I have seen some of those Mark. I was hoping somebody had some experience with those. I looked them up and the specs were in metric only and the support office was in Hong Kong. I got a little nervous.

    #139483

    Rockler sells the Shark line which uses a carbide bit. Similar machines are available from ShopBot and Laguna. There is another company that sells lasers that do similar work through engraving -> Epilog Laser. Large investment but I believe the prices will be coming down as more folks buy these machines. I would love to have one.

    #139495

    If you want a project and build a sweet cnc check out the Kronos cnc kit. My mates currently building one and its a nice bit of kit.

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    #139534
    mattryyc
    Pro
    Calgary, Alberta

    The small ones are really coming down in price, but what I would really love would be one that could take a big 5×5 or even 4×8 sheet. Even the small ones I see around here are still over $10k – maybe another 5 or 10 years and we’ll have something a little more affordable, or maybe a green festool one for $100k 🙂

    #139734
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Oh man, CNC anything is so cool. I’d love to have one

    #139739

    Im going to be helping my mate put his together over the next few weeks. I will post some pics when im over there. Its meant to be a very cheap way to get a nice CNC machine. As far as i know a lot of the parts are from 80/20

    #139747
    redwood
    Pro

    Im going to be helping my mate put his together over the next few weeks. I will post some pics when im over there. Its meant to be a very cheap way to get a nice CNC machine. As far as i know a lot of the parts are from 80/20

    We are going to hold you to that, it would be great.

    Mark E.

    Pioneer, CA

    Working Pro 1972 - 2015
    Member since Jan 22, 2013
    www.creative-redwood-designs.com

    #139749

    He’s doing it in stages so that makes it easier for me to keep up with. Im over there helping level the base first in 2 weeks. I think he’s starting with the 2’x3′ model. May be slow progress but anything i can get i will post.

    #139799
    mattryyc
    Pro
    Calgary, Alberta

    Im going to be helping my mate put his together over the next few weeks. I will post some pics when im over there. Its meant to be a very cheap way to get a nice CNC machine. As far as i know a lot of the parts are from 80/20

    Can’t wait to see this. Keep us posted, if there’s an affordable DIY option that would be awesome, any idea on estimated cost of parts and the size it will be able to cut?

    #139810

    From what I’m hearing so far for the instructions and the parts to build the kit come out to $4k and it looks like a very nice kit as it can easily be expanded from what I’m seeing. I think he said it’s a 32×26 so not massive but still great size for most of the stuff he does like doors and draw fronts.

    I didn’t realize how much went into them but I think he said the luguna one that does the same as his was double the price. He’s building it in his spare time so it’s a pretty big saving. I’m over there this weekend helping him do the base and leveling it. I will grab some more details then.

    #139846
    WoodDoc
    Pro

    Rockler has versions that are in the 3 – 4 k range. They will handle a piece roughly 2′ x 3′ and use a router for a powerhead.

    I never knew they made little/cheap ones like that. I’ve only seen/heard of them in cabinet shops.
    Interesting…..I’ll look into that.
    Thx.

    #139867
    kzcarp
    Pro

    If you want a project and build a sweet cnc check out the Kronos cnc kit. My mates currently building one and its a nice bit of kit.

    Holy 80/20 Batman!
    I don’t think I’ve ever seen that much in one place.

    kevin

    #140147
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    If you want a project and build a sweet cnc check out the Kronos cnc kit. My mates currently building one and its a nice bit of kit.

    Man that looks like a nice kit. Is he building that here or in the UK?

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #140749
    theamcguy
    Pro
    Fayetteville, NC

    I keep looking at CNC metal lathes. Would love to have one. Problem is space. CNC is the way to go though.

    Automotive Pro
    Fayetteville, NC
    (and also the World's Fastest Poster)

    #149587
    jdw1865
    Pro
    Dewey, OK

    I have almost figured out which one I will go with. Would a brief synopsis of the things I learned to avoid and which things are a must have be benficial to anyone? If nothing else maybe just a newby’s perspective of what is what. Maybe it could be an article for the site. Anbody have any desire to see it?

    #150543
    JamieM
    Pro
    Hamilton, ON

    @jdw1865 I would be very interested in an article like that. I’ve been interested in a small CNC for some time but haven’t pulled the trigger as of yet.

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