This is not my hack, when I bought my CNC machine, the previous owner had implemented this one. I have just improved on it. My CNC has a Bluetooth XBOX controller that is used to emulate a keyboard and control the CNC. From the XBOX controller I can jog the machine and “press” shortcut combos… Read More Controlling CNC with XBOX Controller
I wanted a rack for storage of ply sheets ready for placement onto the CNC. The rack was designed to keep the materials off the ground so that they would remain dry. I wanted materials to be stacked near vertically so that materials could be inserted and removed without needing much effort to separate the… Read More Welding a Sheet Material Rack
Hardware The laser module is a 5v module with a crosshair lens from ebay. The unit is only a couple of bucks eBay Laser Module Wiring For my machine, the laser module is wired to the relay. A trap for young players – the case of the laser is connected to the anode of the laser… Read More Adding Laser Guide to CNC Machine
Here are a couple of photos of a rack for a hand plane I knocked up. I think I might package all of these components as a set of plans for sale once I have completed the lot.
Here is a quick and dirty write up of Thien baffle style chip separator we knocked up for the shop. There are three main motivators for adding something like this to the system: Larger items dont make it through the impeller. Previously the impeller is victim to any nail, piece of timber, string and whatever… Read More Chip Separator for Shop Dust Extractor
Checkout this quick and cheerful clip I made for my dust wand. The slot in the middle is to allow the two “jaws” to flex just a little bit extra. The clip fit perfectly first time. Video showing action below
Before starting, or after completing a job on the CNC, it is useful to pass over the table with the vacuum extractor to remove any sawdust or debris. To automate this task, I hacked the Gcode of a machining operation. I made a model of my spoil board in fusion360, created a faux facing tool… Read More Automatic Sweeping Vacuum Routine for CNC