Sunday, July 12, 2015

X-Carve CNC Machine


       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 
       alright.


                                         





                             The unboxing 
                             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.  




                              Assembly

                              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
                              tight spots.




                               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 
                              hand.


                                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
                                bit.




                              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
                               use regularly. 



See Also:

         Make a large compass           Make dowels with a Jigsaw          Mitered half laps on table saw


                                                 


     





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