I received a CNC machine from Inventables for free in exchange for a review. I don't
know anything about CNC machines but I was up for the challenge to build and use
one. I was at first intimidated by all the parts and instructions but everything turned out
Everything was well organised and labeled. I laid out all the parts
and slowly started building. Some times some of the instructions
did not make sense but I reread and watched the videos and things
fell in place.
Here I will show a few tips that helped me with the build.
To speed things up I put an Allen key in my drill and tightened
all the nuts and bolts in no time...
Make sure the clutch on the drill is set to the lowest setting. Any
additional tightening should be done by hand.
Small parts can be held with needle nose pliers to get in those
I used a small vise with wood and leather jaw liners so it would not
damage any parts. This made things easy as it would act like a third
The waste board is flipped upside down and threaded screws
are put in. This can also be done with a power drill and a hex
After a few tries on some scrap wood I carved the Inventables
name on this piece of oak. I am slowly getting the hang of it and
now will come up with lots of new ideas.
A small box is made with the piece I just carved and this will be
for the workbench for small parts and some of the tools that I will
Make a large compass Make dowels with a Jigsaw Mitered half laps on table saw