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Aristo
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Not sure if I want to DIY a controller or not, looks easy enough but I'm worried if I ran into any bugs I'd be lost so I may go with a prebuilt controller.


Check out the Demon controller. It's fairly simple and step by step plus the guy will help you as much as possible.


Ignatius Reilly
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We are working on upgrading our outdoor furniture. Finished up some couches for our patio area yesterday with the help of my BIL. Next step will be a new coffee table for out there.


Nice! Where did you get the cushions?


LSUvegasbombed
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Red Stick
Member since Sep 2013
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re: Post your Woodworking Projects
so i am about to attempt my first wood project. I am building this house bed for my son.

What kind of wood do you rec for this project? I probably will paint it afterwards...

Here are the plans for it... and how long should this take a beginner to take?

house bed


TigerSprings
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Southeast LA
Member since Jan 2019
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Why did you deepen the mortise? wouldn't nipping off an 1/8 of the tenon be way easier?

6-1s; 1/2 dozen?


Great turning btw. Did you use a copier or freehand copy?


TomSpanks
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I'd definitely be doing a demon controller type build if I do the DIY route. It only saves about $150 over say the Inventables X-Controller, so I'm not sure what I'm going to do.


Aristo
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The X carve is a fairly easy build and the customer service is very good. What do you plan on carving?

They do make an upgrade with lead screws for all the axis too.


bbvdd
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Why did you deepen the mortise? wouldn't nipping off an 1/8 of the tenon be way easier?

6-1s; 1/2 dozen?


Great turning btw. Did you use a copier or freehand copy?



Really just wanted a full inch of mortise since I was pegging with 3/8” dowel.

Did freehand on them.


TomSpanks
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re: Post your Woodworking Projects
The X-Carve does look great and super easy to put together, but after upgrading most of the parts I'd want to upgrade I think I'd be better off starting with the CNC4Newbies New-Carve and piecing it all together.
I'm going to use it to compliment woodworking projects I already do, inlays, carvings, making patterns for repeatable parts with curves, etc. And also just carving general stuff for my kids, parents, and whoever else comes to realize I have a CNC


Aristo
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Probably right. It's not as hard as it seems. Check out openbuilds.com if you haven't already. You will get some paid work too. I made enough to put a ductless mini split in my garage, buy a new dewalt planer with stand, pay for the xcarve, and upgrade a few other power tools all without any advertising.


TigerSprings
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Ah. I didn’t see the pegs. That make sense.


bbvdd
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Ah. I didn’t see the pegs. That make sense


They aren’t on any of the pics. When I get the top done I’ll post.
This table is gonna be big for a coffee table 34.5”x56”


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akimoto
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Here are the plans for it... and how long should this take a beginner to take? 


It's a fairly easy project. I just finished building a twin size that it's similar to the plans you posted. I would say it takes about a day to complete, but I've taken longer due to buying bigger boards to rip down to size instead of buying the boards in suggested. I other words, i bought 2 x 10's and cut out 2 x 4's, 2 x 3's, 2 x 6's. I've only done this, because I like 90 degree corners instead of the factory rounded corners in dimensional lumber.

Anyway the extra time to construct and finish comes from sanding, painting, and how you choose to connect all the pieces of lumber.

I've pretty much built all of my children's furniture in their rooms from pine plywood and boards.


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PapaPogey
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Member since Apr 2008
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re: Post your Woodworking Projects
Use standard yellow untreated pine. It's cheap and you can find it everywhere, just be sure to check the boards first for splits, bows, etc.

After building my bed and coffee table I feel like I could knock that out in a day. Like mentioned, the prep and finish work might take just as long. Just take your time and if you screw something up, just know that wood is cheap.


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BoogaBear
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talk to me about the finish you did to get the vintage yellowish/orange look?


It's Fender neck amber nitrocellulose. 35 coats of semi gloss poly, then gloss on the head.


TomSpanks
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35 coats


Damn


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D.B.Cooper
Member since Nov 2012
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I'm interested in a CNC machine. Looking to do basic stuff at first. Names, design, etc on wood and maybe acrylic. Maybe doing metals.
What do you think something like that would cost? I know there are 1000 different options but what is a estimate?


bbvdd
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Memphis, TN
Member since Jun 2009
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re: Post your Woodworking Projects
You looking at a fully enclosed CNC machine?

Also, what size projects are you thinking?

The x-carve will do a lot and would be good to learn.

I don’t know that a machine that will do wood will also do metal unless you’re looking at water jet.

There are others way more knowledgeable than I on the subject.
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D.B.Cooper
Member since Nov 2012
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Yes fully enclosed.
Size wise..I'm uncertain. What size do you recommend for a newb. I would be doing basic stuff for friends.
I figured I would eventually work up to working with metal. I'm not sure if a system can do both.


Aristo
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Baton Rouge
Member since Jan 2007
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The x-carve is not fully enclosed but it is a good starting machine. You can easily build an enclosure for it and I think the web has a few plans for the enclosure. You can do soft metals with the x-carve, but I mostly do HDPE and wood.


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TomSpanks
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Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2005
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I've been heavily researching CNCs lately and you can gamble on a cheap $200 Chinese unit and do smaller stuff (from 6"x6" to maybe 10" by 10"). If you really want to get a halfway decent unit that can do stuff up to about 3' or so you're going to spend at least $2K, and remember that's still a hobby grade machine. And you're correct, there are about 1,000 different ways to go about putting together/buying a CNC machine.


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