Bought a CNC machine
I'm still chugging along with my modified Shapeoko 3.  Today I'm working on 5 Marriage Plaque commissions.  This is with Aspire but Vcarve Desktop or Pro could have done it.  I still love doing this type of work.

Funny how all the "defund the police" people suddenly love and trust the FBI...
So, Tom, where are you at with your Bob's CNC?  Long time no update.  

I have it assembled. The wiring still need to be hooked up. I am going to have a friend come up (north) and complete it. It gives us a reason to get together. The instructions are more than good enough for me to do it.

My shop is more than a mile away from my house so I need to get another computer to operate it. That is the hang up. I have to buy some software and I have decided on V Carve desk top. I have the computer specks needed to run it, but it is going to be in the $ 300- $350 range for the computer. Not to mention the cost of the software.

I would like to be able to use both computers to do the programming, but I would like to be able to do it at home and then take it over to the shop on a flash drive or something. And do it at the shop also.

I have a Walmart about 30 miles away but I am planning on goin to Best Buy with the specks to make sure I get what I need. It doesn't hurt to have some who knows what they are doing help you. The closest Best Buy is 70 miles away. I live 17 miles from the nearest stop light, so one has to plan trips. And the nearest hardware store is 18 miles away.

I have been making and selling Moxon hardware to complete my needed purchases. Being on a fixed income sucks, especially with the food and gas inflation going on.

And lastly it is prime wood working season for me. I am shut down in the winter ( no heat and we get a lot of below zero temps.)  So I am over at the shop when life doesn't get in the way. The nearest Big Box is 60 miles away and I am fast getting a list of things I need to pick up. So I have a lot of ground to cover on that trip. 

You asked where I am on the project and I have tried to be honest and tell you exactly where I am. The one thing I have going for me is I am patient.

I am sorry I am not farther along so I could give some recommendations. I think I am really going to enjoy the unit. I am a Tool and Die maker by trade and I built mostly Dies but some special machines also so I think this machine is going to be just fine.  

Thanks for the update Tom.  Keep at it.  It'll be well worth the effort.  If you intend to buy V-Carve I recommend you start watching their tutorials, if you have not already done so, as it will substantially shorten the learning curve once you get it.  And you can download it for free and use it without limitation.  You just can't create toolpaths until you actually buy it.  That means you can create any project you want, and save it.  Then when you buy it you'll be able to create and save the toolpaths from those files, and away you go.  





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