Saturday, 5 February 2011

3 Axis CNC Router

Thanks to the Tax department sending me some cheques from the early 2000’s I’m now in a position to purchase parts for the 3 Axis CNC Router. It’s been a dream of mine to have one in the workshop to be able to quickly cut parts with incredible accuracy and repeatability. I am happy to advise that everything I need to build the machine has been order, aside from nuts and bolts to hold the wooden parts together. The next month or so will find my weekends filled with cutting, drilling and welding this beast into submission. I’d love to be cutting by the end of march if everything goes to plan. Again, this machine will be a massive help in the production of 43[cubed] and the Flood Relief Furniture (Drift Wood?). I’d like to thank linearmotionbearingsMcmaster CarrProcureit AustraliaAusxmodsFoden Designs, Lamare Wimberly and VXB for being such awesome suppliers to deal with during this process. I’d also like to thank the community at CNC Zone and Wood Work Forums for their ongoing support in getting the technical aspects of things sorted out with the construction of this machine.

Dual Router Finishing Table

A few days ago I received a lovely little package from Foden Designs that contained some super accurate parts for my dual router finishing table that I’m building. These parts will allow me to run two routers at the same time with different bits in them for completing different stages of templating components. I’m really happy with the service, price and accuracy of the things Foden Designs have made and would highly recommend them to anyone looking to have unique one off items made. The dual router table is the next step in getting the machinery setup for the production of 43[cubed] and the Flood  Relief Furniture (Drift Wood - a working title)

[yes I took pics on our FX coffee table]

Flood Relief Furniture (Drift Wood?)

So after a number of calls into local businesses about the supply of damaged wood I can report that not a single one of them was willing to come on board to help with the flood relief – despite themselves being affected. They either weren’t interested or wanted the money raised for themselves. Needless to say I'm a little disappointed with the attitudes of some people.

I’m off this weekend to a couple of local scrap yards to see if they have anything from the floods for this project. Stay tuned as things develop. I’m hoping to have a few initial sketches up by the end of the weekend.

I'm pleased to find out through a friend that there is a scrap yard in coorparoo that has flood affected floor boards. I'll be checking them out tomorrow or next weekend to see if its going to work for this project.