MechMate CNC Router Forum

Go Back   MechMate CNC Router Forum > Personal Build Histories > MechMates already cutting
Register Options Profile Last 1 | 3 | 7 Days Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old Fri 22 October 2010, 22:33
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Man I'm having fun with this machine #101 - St. Louis Mo.

Having been a lurker here for 18 months or so, (downloaded and printed the plans well over a year ago.) and having gathered a few bits together, I finally pulled the trigger and ordered the laser cut parts from MetalHead.
I'm a full time remodeler/ part time cabinetmaker and currently have a very small homemade tabletop CNC machine I bought used, and ended up rebuilding most of.
That machine taught me the basics of Mach3 and i do quite a few Vectorart carvings with it.

I have decided belt drive is the way to go, and have spent the last 3 hours re-reviewing bookmarked threads trying to find details of the parts necessary to complete the belt drives.

Having 4 20' long C channel beams, I'm still debating size, but am intrigued by the idea of utilizing the entire 20', and machining sheet goods on each end. Seems I could unload and reload a new sheet on one end, while a panel was being machined at the opposite end. This evolved from the idea of two machines with one operator cycling back and forth between them, loading and unloading. One long machine not only saves on motors and electrical components, but also allows the occasional big project that 2 smaller machines wouldn't.
I have 2000 sq. ft. to devote, at the rear of my shop,so space isn't an issue.

Thanks in advance to Gerald, Mike and everyone else here who have contributed so much to make my journey easier.

Darren
Attached Images
File Type: jpg lions 002 (650 x 488).jpg (62.7 KB, 4949 views)
File Type: jpg longaberger 005 (450 x 600).jpg (96.7 KB, 5045 views)
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old Tue 02 November 2010, 22:20
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
I'm thinking a 5'x12' table size will allow me the ability to cut radius work out of stock, finally retiring my shop built "compass" router jig.

Bearings are ordered from Superior, laser parts should be here this week, and I'll be picking up some more steel next week.

BIL is a commercial electrician and is on the lookout for an enclosure box.

And so it begins.....
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old Wed 03 November 2010, 01:40
KenC
Just call me: Ken
 
Klang
Malaysia
Welcome to the club!
Regarding size, you might also want to accessing the cut parts in the middle of the table without climbing onto the table top... I made the mistake of going for the largest possible table size but after advises from Gerald & others also after I dry fitted the table that I realised that 6' x 16' is insane... Consider this as a reality check.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old Wed 03 November 2010, 21:43
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
A very good reality check. Thank you for that.
My scenario:
I have a supplier who drives past my shop to have a competitor cut the occasional job on a 5x10 machine.(Who buys nothing from him) He has stated they sometimes have to creatively position at an angle to fit the material he needs cut. He has further stated he can throw some work my way, and a bigger table might make it easier to make me the go to guy for all of it...
As an aside, I have 4 (+1 spare) Chinese 12 MM diameter x 4 MM detection proxys from Ebay on the way.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old Thu 04 November 2010, 07:35
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
Darren,
The two tables I use frequently use all of the 5' x 8' or 5' x 10' area.
MDF is available stock sizes in 4 x 8, 5 x 8 and 5 x 10 and 5 x 12 in my area. Only once in the past 2 years did I wish I had a 5' x 12' table.(acrylic comes in 5' x 12' sheets) ...the rest of the time, 5x8 was plenty. I will say though, having that 2' of extra "not used" space on the end of the machine makes it nice to leave duty specific blocking and hold downs for small parts. I often have to cut plastic in small sizes for prototyping parts....thus nice to have a little are to work with.

Just my thoughts.

Sean
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old Mon 16 January 2012, 21:11
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Wow. Over a year has passed and I'm just now getting back to this.
Welded up the Y car this weekend and made a cutlist for a 5x12 table.
Pulled all the stuff I've been accumulating for the past year off the shelf and inventoried it.
Heres to continued momentum.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old Mon 16 January 2012, 22:18
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Glad to have you back. I have added a good bit of stuff to my offerings, so let me know if you need anything.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old Wed 18 January 2012, 16:00
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
A little progress last night. They are flat but the 1/4" plywood laying on the horses is bowing and they look bent.

Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old Thu 19 January 2012, 18:17
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Got the main beams cut to length today (14')
Ends mitered. Need to get some material for end caps.
Put a laser along the top edge and they are very straight.

How do you eat an elephant?
One small bite at a time.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old Sat 21 January 2012, 10:15
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Gantry all clamped up ready to weld

The gantry is all leveled, squared, checked and double checked ready to weld together.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old Sat 21 January 2012, 10:18
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Another Gantry shot

This shows the far end of the gantry ready to weld.
you can also see the main beams up on the sawhorses in the background and the legs underneath them.
Also shows what a mess my shop has become in the last week.
Next week should show some serious progress on the table.

Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old Sat 21 January 2012, 14:29
melissa
Just call me: Melissa #83
 
Brighton (Ontario)
Canada
Lookin' good!

Two tips for your gantry welding:

1. make sure the holes are countersunk for the motor bolts. It's easy while the parts are loose, and a right pain after the gantry is welded.

2. I used threaded rod inside the gantry tubes to hold the end brackets flush to the tubes while I tack welded. Easier (and more out-of-the-way) than clamps.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old Sat 21 January 2012, 21:31
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
Here are some shots of the bushings I made Darren for his motor plates.

Yeah Darren I'ma little slow but these will be in the mail Monday !!!

Thought you'd like some pics of them being made.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg DSC05392.JPG (68.3 KB, 4705 views)
File Type: jpg DSC05395.JPG (37.5 KB, 4643 views)
File Type: jpg DSC05396.JPG (54.3 KB, 4672 views)
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old Sun 22 January 2012, 08:22
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Thanks for the great service, Mike!!
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old Tue 24 January 2012, 15:45
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Started welding the legs and spreaders onto one of the main beams.
Still need to add the diagonals.

Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old Tue 24 January 2012, 15:47
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Haven't welded anything major in quite a few years, but these should hold, even if they aren't as pretty as some I've seen here.
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old Tue 24 January 2012, 19:43
MetalHead
Just call me: Mike
 
Columbiana AL
United States of America
So your joking huh . Mine look WAY worse than that !!!
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old Tue 24 January 2012, 20:43
TechGladiator
Just call me: Miguel #94
 
Randolph, NJ
United States of America
@Darren: I think my best weld doesn't look half as good as that. Great Job!..
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old Tue 24 January 2012, 23:54
domino11
Just call me: Heath
 
Cornwall, Ontario
Canada
I think for stick, I would be happy with that no problem!
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old Sun 29 January 2012, 10:52
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Welding in the bearing spacers Mike sent me....

Last edited by darren salyer; Sun 29 January 2012 at 10:55..
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old Sun 29 January 2012, 10:54
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Should be able to finish these as soon as the pulleys and belts arrive..
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old Sun 29 January 2012, 11:02
TechGladiator
Just call me: Miguel #94
 
Randolph, NJ
United States of America
Wait a minute. Weren't we suppose to just use locktite to attach those bearings to the plate????.Kidding..

Good job. Looks like it's coming along nicely.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old Sun 29 January 2012, 12:32
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Thanks.
I've been watching your build closely, and have used it as inspiration.

Putting my skate together now.
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old Sun 29 January 2012, 15:30
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
1 15' rail cut down......
2 to go.....
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old Mon 30 January 2012, 20:58
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
All 3 15' pieces of rail cut down.
Guess I start grinding them tomorrow night.

Leg closure plates all cut out, drilled and a nut welded on for the levelers.
Guess since I went with 6 legs, I'll have to talk to Mike about getting a couple more rubber feet.

Nothing sexy, but progress none the less.
Reply With Quote
  #26  
Old Mon 30 January 2012, 22:29
TechGladiator
Just call me: Miguel #94
 
Randolph, NJ
United States of America
Darren

Thats great. Grinding had me a little scare but it ended up being pretty easy. Just be careful and take plenty of breaks with the grinder as you dont want to burn it. When I was grinding my rails if I felt the grinder get hot I took a beer break. With the 3 rails I probably had a six pack are you using the sanding paper on the grinder? That worked great for me.
Reply With Quote
  #27  
Old Tue 31 January 2012, 07:26
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Yes, I'll pick up some this afternoon, and get started this evening. Guess I'll grab some beer too.

Cutting the rails was certainly more pleasant than I had anticipated. My 10 yr. old Dewalt grinder had no problems keeping up, but I still didn't force it.
Reply With Quote
  #28  
Old Sat 04 February 2012, 16:10
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Everyone seems to have a picture of their v-rollers sitting on the ground rails, and I now know why.
While it was by no means a difficult task, I'm certainly glad to have reached what to me is a milestone.
Rails are all cut and ground, with the obligatory picture.....

Reply With Quote
  #29  
Old Sat 04 February 2012, 19:26
smreish
Just call me: Sean - #5, 28, 58 and others
 
Orlando, Florida
United States of America
...did you use the 36 grit sanding disks backed by the grinder disk?
Reply With Quote
  #30  
Old Sat 04 February 2012, 21:20
darren salyer
Just call me: Darren #101
 
Wentzville mo
United States of America
Yes I did.
Used two 36 grit discs per 15' rail and 1 50 grit to dress all 3.
Worked like a charm, and my 10 dollar Harbor Freight grinder lives to tell the tale.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Register Options Profile Last 1 | 3 | 7 Days Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
University Of Missouri Saint Louis Theater ganderson Introduce yourself and start planning 8 Fri 31 October 2014 18:53
Starting my MM Build - St Louis MO USA inventek2000 Construction started, but not cutting yet 38 Sun 25 September 2011 18:51
my machine cnc marcoscnc29 Archives 1 Sat 24 April 2010 18:58


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 13:22.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.3
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.