Tagged: table size layout
- March 19, 2018 at 11:32 am #55659
I’m a pretty big newb to everything CNC and I’m currently about 60% through printing my parts. My electronics and hardware were delivered this past weekend and I have my 3/4″ EMT on hand ready to go. I’m going at this fairly slow, but am looking to ramp up a bit and get everything ready for when I can finally start assembling. I have a couple of general layout questions before I start building the table. I’m planning a simple 2×4 table with 1/2″ plywood top. I like the idea of just making a cut with the circular saw for a quick and easily replaceable spoil board. (My local big box hardware store sells 4×4 sheets that conveniently fit in my truck’s short bed without taking the cover off.) My plans for the MPCNC were to go with a 2’x2′ workable area which I believe translates to a little smaller than 3’x3′ MPCNC size. Space in my basement isn’t much of an issue so I was figuring a 4’x4′ table would leave me with plenty of space to mount the electronics and controls and leave a little space for tools, etc… (I should also note, I already have a bunch of 8 ft. 2×4’s and a 4×4 sheet ready to use for this project). I was hoping to get advice from others who have already jumped down this rabbit hole. I also have some other tables and a work bench in the area so this wouldn’t be the ONLY table around to work on things with, but I would prefer it be large enough to affix all the MPCNC stuff, leaving the other areas free as working space.
March 19, 2018 at 5:44 pm #55688
- Are my assumptions on table size accurate? Would you recommend I go bigger or smaller based on the MPCNC size I’m considering?
- What table height do you recommend, I’m currently thinking maybe a 30″ height for this application?
The calculator on the conduit page gives you a table size for your build, You don’t really need any extra room but always could with no issue.
Your gunna be standing there staring at it a lot so a little higher than normal if you can get away with it, all the action is at the surface.
1 user thanked author for this post.March 19, 2018 at 6:21 pm #55690
Thanks! I’ve probably looked at that cut calculator 15 times and didn’t notice it listed table dimensions right there. Also, thanks for the tip on the height. I hadn’t really thought about it but it makes sense so you don’t have to slouch all the time to see whats going on.
I was originally thinking I would leave a foot of space for mounting the electronics and maybe some tool / bit holders. but now I’m thinking I should just do that on a lower shelf to help reduce the amount of dust buildup on everything. I’ll probably leave some room for a future enclosure as well.
On a side note, thanks for putting together this awesome project. When i first saw a “home” CNC router in action I immediately knew I wanted one. I was dismayed to saw how expensive they were (even the “cheap” ones). A friend of mine showed me this site and I was blown away. It’s been a lot of fun just making the parts, learning, and planning. I’m not sure I’ll be able to contain myself once it’s actually operating!March 19, 2018 at 7:26 pm #55694
That is 100% how I felt, well 99%, 1% thought…”I can do that better and cheaper”. Fun journey, every single time I use it I still get crazy excited. I swear last night I was doing the test plotting for MRRF and I sent pics to all my friends and then thought, “crap what time is it?”. hahah. I put a 0.3mm pall point pen on it, no lie, I didn’t know the machine could be that accurate, it looks amazing. I don’t want to spoil it though. I will put the files up after MRRF.
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