Another CNC project (don’t tell anyone!!)
While I have been working on the CNC lathe attachment, I have also been working on another of John Kleinbauer’s CNC designs….the "7th Sojourn." The "7th" is a flat-bed design CNC machine that uses many of the same construction principles as the lathe attachment, and I couldn’t resist building it also since I now have the electronic hardware and software to give it a go. The 7th will cut out parts and do engravings on material up to 9"x14". I intend to use the same controller, etc on this machine as I did on the lathe attachment. I’ll just come up with some quick-connects so that I can move back and forth without difficulty.
Last night I completed and dry-fitted all of the wooden (MDF) components for the 7th and they are now ready to be painted. I also bought much of a used z and y axis assembly from John a month or two ago, and that will make progress go much quicker on this machine as I will be re-using many of his scrap parts.
My wife is pressing me to get back to my "real" woodworking and build the two Greene & Greene desks that I have promised to build…but I’ve been bitten by the CNC bug lately!! I’d love to do some regular woodworking, but I am obsessed with getting these machines running first!!