Decided to make a new computer station for my CNC

I have been using an old workmate as my ATC workstation, it didn’t look very professorial when the customers came to my workshop. So I decides to make a tall corner cabinet, the countertop is 44″ off the ground (I prefer to stand and operate the CNC) it has one large door with my CNC computer and an amplifier for my music (got to have music in the shop). There is one large drawer for router bits etc and one small drawer for my pencils. I used Aspire software to cut the plywood panels, the faceframe and side panels were done on my router table. The material is popular and stained oak the panels are 1/4″ Jatoba, there were all off cuts from prior jobs.


New CAMaster 508 ATC arrived

Well for some people Friday 13th is unlucky, well for me it was a fantastic day because my new 508 ATC + Recoil arrived. I still have to hook up the 60 Amp power cable and the compressor but here are a few pictures.

The quality of the machine is fantastic, thank you CAMaster


New Stinger CNC table

Well it’s been about 18 months I have been using my Stinger on a temporary table with extensions cords. Well I finally finished the table today.

The base is made from 4″ x 4″ with 2″ x 8″ stretchers upper and lower, then I used 3/4″ MDF to cover the whole base. I built a ledge on the front to store the control box, with easy access to both sides for the main switch and the touch plate. There are two black doors on the Left hand side to give access to the computer along with lots of storage.

I pocketed the table top for my router bits and I also pocketed the feet of the Stinger so it would not slide on the top. I wanted to make a sturdy table because the weight of the machine and also I didn’t want the table to rack during operation of the machine. The hardest part was painting the letters, I first painted the letters black then using a random orbital sander I cleaned up the overspray on the MDF. I then used a sponge roller and painted the yellow.

The finished size is 39 1/2″ wide, 64″ long and 26 3/4″ to the top of the table. All the work was done in Aspire on my Cobra X3, the CAMaster text is pocketed 1/8″ deep. I ran 2 dedicated 110V through conduit, to lazy to remove the Sheetrock)

I installed a laser to the lower router plate but never posted any pictures, the laser is operated through WinCNC, I position the laser on the corner of my work piece then click on Laser X0Y0 this creates the home position were the laser was.


Deer carving

This project is a deer carved in a dish with a forest background. The design is from Vectric Wild life DVD.
Material is African mahogany 15/16″ thick, 11 1/4″ wide by 16 3/4 high.

I V-Carved my name on the back using a 22 degree v-carve bit, the label is 4″ wide by 4″ high.
Roughing toolpath was done was a 1/4″ end mill – 150 ins/min machining time: 1 hours 25 minutes.
Finishing toolpath was done with 1/8″ taper ball nose – 150 ins/min machining time: 1 hours 50 minutes.
V-Carving 15 minutes

Total machine time was 3 hours 30 minutes.

The finish applied is 3 coats of Shellac


Wild life Clock

Here is my latest 3D work I made yesterday, I got the idea from Michael T over on the Vectric forum. The clock is 10.5″ wide, 17.5″ tall and 1.25″ thick, the material is Hickory.

Roughing – .25 end mill – 200 ins/min
Finishing – .125 taper ball nose – 150 ins/min

Total machine time 5 hours


Aspire meeting at Jim McGrews

It’s that time of year again, my wife and I are attending an Aspire (CNC software) meeting at Jim McGrews in Columbia, South Caronlina.

We have our flights, Hotel and car rental all booked, I will post pictures later.


3D Wild Life Carving

Here is my latest project, it’s a 3D carving for above a door. The design is from Vectric Wild life DVD.
Material is African mahogany 1 1/8″ thick, 34″ long x 10″ high, the 3D carving is 32″ long x 8″ high.
Roughing toolpath was done was a 1/4″ end mill – machining time: 2 hours.
Finishing Toolpath was done with 1/8″ taper ball nose – machining time – 4 hours 10 minutes.
Total machine time was 6 hours 10 minutes.

At present there is no finish applied and I am thinking of doing a glaze finish. see glazing finish tutorial by Tim Merrill Here


Valentines Day Project

Here is a project I made for my wife for Valentines day, this project was designed by Michael Tyler (www.carvebuddy.com) and hosted by Vectric (www.vectric.com)

Here is the link Project Tutorial

– I used Bubinga wood for the main project also known as African Rosewood, Essingang, Buvenga.
– 1/4″ dowels  from the local craft store.
– 3 feet from the local craft store.
– Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint – for the dowels and feet
– Krylon Metallic Brilliant Red spray paint

The only finish I did was 2 coats of shellac on the Bubinga.

Total machine time was around 4 hours, 3 router bits were use.
1) 1/4″ end mill (roughing),
2) 1/8″ ball nose (finishing),
3) 1/4″ end mill (cut out)


Cobra X3 has arrived

Well my new Cobra X3 is finally in my workshop.

I hired a flat bed tow truck to pick up the Cobra from the transport depot. At the depot they loaded the machine onto the flat bed using a fork lift

During the unloading process we found out that it was better to remove the side and top off the crate, Drive driver maneuvered the flat bed in front of my workshop, tilted the truck bed up and nothing happened, we hoked up the cable winch and slowly pulled the machine down the truck bed.

The machine was 3/4 into my workshop and off the flat bed, so I paid the driver and off he went. I installed casters on the legs of the table that were in my shop and using the old roman method, we slowly moved the machine, inch by inch into the workshop.

The whole process took 4 hours from the time at the depot to closing my workshop door. We then spent 3 more hours cutting up the crate and loading it into my pickup.

Sorry the some pictures are dark.