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Check Out Our Massive New Guide to Vacuum Tables and Fixtures

Here’s how a typical MDF vacuum table works…
We’ve published a couple of articles on vacuum fixturing in the past and they’ve been among the most popular long term posts we’ve done.  It’s no wonder as vacuum fixturing can be extremely convenient to use.
With that in mind, we went to town researching two giant…

DIY Plasma Tube Notcher

Jun 9, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

Suppose you had to build a bunch of space frame tube chassis like this one:

Making a bunch of space frames means notching a lot of tubes…
Making all those space frames means notching a lot of tubing.  Sounds like a little CNC-style automation is in order.  That resulted in this CNC-driven plasma cutter tube…

Results of the CNCCookbook 2016 CNC Router Survey

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  1 Comment

We got just under 100 responses to this survey, and it’s time to tally up the results.

About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users…
About 65% of our respondents are Hobby Router users and 35% are Professionals.  That’s a pretty decent mix, skewed more to the Hobby side than our usual surveys.  Overall,…

Bootstrap Your DIY CNC Mill Conversion With a 3D Printer

May 18, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  2 Comments
3D Printed DIY CNC Motor Mount

One of the problems with getting started with a CNC Conversion is not having a CNC to help you make the parts.  You can find kits, which are very helpful.  You can try to manually machine the parts, which is entirely doable.  I did some of both for my first CNC project–an RF-45 mill conversion.  …

Quick and Easy Waterproof LED Lighting For My Tormach CNC Lathe

May 1, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  8 Comments

I got tired of it being so dark in the enclosure of my Tormach CNC Lathe, so got talking about lighting with my friend John Bower, who is the local Tormach dealer in Northern California.  His store is called Santa Cruz Electronics, and he has all sorts of nifty electronic stuff on hand for projects…

Here’s The Scoop on Which Machines Hobby CNC’ers Have And What They’re Making

Apr 7, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   3D Printing, Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC, Products  //  3 Comments

I launched a survey a few days ago and we’ve already had over 300 responses as I write this–clearly there’s a lot of passion amongst the Hobby CNC crowd.  I can’t blame them–I love CNC and every aspect of it.
Here’s what we found out:
What kinds of CNC machines do you own?

CNC Mills…

The Lazy CNC’ers Way to Run a Bandsaw

Apr 5, 2016   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

So you’ve got a bandsaw, maybe one of those inexpensive Chinese made metal cutting bandsaws?  And you need to cut a whole bunch of material to size with it.  You could than there cutting each piece by hand.  Yes, with a stop and all you’ll save a little time, but geeze what a pain.  I’m…

The 24 All-Time Most Popular CNCCookbook Articles

12 Days of Christmas?  Yes, and here are 12 each of the all-time most popular Cookbook articles and Blog Posts.
What’s the difference between a Cookbook Article and a Blog Post?  Typically the Cookbook articles are longer, more in-depth, and often are part of an extended series.  Blog Posts can be just as useful and…

Can You Really Regrind Your Spindle While It’s On the Machine?

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  10 Comments

Frank Mari (Maritool.com) did.
A spindle rebuild involves fitting new bearings. Most folks will suggest that if you want to minimize runout, you will have to regrind the spindle taper while it is spinning in the bearings. This is standard procedure when manufacturing new machine tools and getting a quality rebuild. But, it’s something the…

Chris Bathgate: Amazing CNC Sculpture Art on a Small CNC Machine

Sep 15, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

For everyone who thinks CNC is not art, and for everyone who thinks small CNC machines can’t turn out work of the highest quality, I give you Chris Bathgate and his amazing sculptures.  His work is spectacular:

The detail and finish is exquisite.  The designs are otherworldly–it would not be hard to believe they’re UFO…

A Quick Way to Make Lots of Holes With CNC

Aug 26, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Manufacturing, Techniques  //  3 Comments

Here’s a cool idea.  Suppose you had to make one of these:

Lots of little cooling holes in the electrical chassis panel…
Sticking in the CNC mill and doing lots of drilling and milling is the first thought that comes to most of our minds.  And that’s not a bad idea at all.  But a …

It Finally Happened: 5 Axis CNC for the DIY and Maker

Aug 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, Cool, DIY CNC  //  11 Comments

If you’d asked me up until very recently whether 5 axis was practical for the CNC DIY’ers and Makers, I would’ve said “No!” without hesitation.  Not only is the hardware complex, but 5 Axis CAM was expensive.  Much of this has now changed fairly recently.  Yes, the hardware is complex and most 5 Axis CAM…

4 Totally Awesome Things To Make on a CNC Mini Router

Jun 7, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, DIY CNC  //  No Comments

The new Shapeoko 3…
CNC Mini Routers are all the rage these days.  Whether you’re talking about inexpensive kits like the Shapeoko or finished ready-to-go-to-work units like the Nomad, there are a bunch of choices available to makers and CNC enthusiasts looking for a good way to start out with CNC. I got to see…

Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill Part 8: A Spindle for Our Mill

Jun 3, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, DIY CNC  //  4 Comments

This is the eighth installment of our Ultimate Benchtop CNC Mini Mill series.  The series is dedicated to helping DIY CNC’ers work through the design considerations and tradeoffs for their CNC Mill projects.  Here are the installments so far:
Part 1:  Donor Mill
Part 2:  CNC Mechanicals (Ballscrews and Such)
Part 3:  Close Loop vs…

Dave Decaussin Makes a Floating Tap Holder

Apr 1, 2015   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Projects, Cool, DIY CNC, Techniques  //  2 Comments

Dave Decaussin is one of the heroes of our CNC industry.  He was one of the original founders at Fadal, which they sold some years ago.  He’s been quite active since on various projects and has a great YouTube channel with a number of videos of projects he’s been working on.
He’s built several different…

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