Drawer Maker

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jimandi5000
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Re: Drawer Maker

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connfountain wrote:
Sun May 31, 2020 11:43 pm
Thanks!. I am going to just modify the back panel and bottom manually using 1.7. it seems to do a good job of laying out the fingers.
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I see you mention you have a DIY 60 x 120 CNC. Did you post that build information any where on the Net ??
I would love to build a new one about that size. Avid/ CNC Router parts has one but they want $10K or so (likely a little more) for it.
Hello Conn,
Great, good to hear you can use it and thanks for the feedback.

Yes, I built my own CNC. I bought a kit from Avid/ CNC Router parts in 2013/2014 (controller and motors) and built a small 24x24 mill out of MDF. Used it to learn CNC and how it changed my woodworking. Shortly thereafter, I begin milling out parts out of aluminum for a 48 x 48 mill. After about three years of use of the 48 x 48, I started building a 48 x 96 because I hate tiling my jobs. That mill I kept for about two years.

About two years ago, I decided to build what I have today a steel frame mill that is big enough to handle two sheets of 60x60 Baltic birch plywood. I put them end to end at the same time on the mill. Now I can be milling one sheet while I changed out the other sheet at the other end. I have to say, when I am running production runs of Baltic birch material the mill never stops.

I also designed it with removable tops. I wanted to be able to turn on 4th axis a piece of stock 20 inches in diameter by 120 inches long (not solid). I'm thinking front porch columns and interior wood columns. The hollow columns that are usually built up out of one by material. Today, I have only built a small version of the 4th axis for testing and learning. I have accumulated all the parts for it but haven't had a need for it so I haven't been pushed to build. Yes, Yes, I know, I'm so lazy. :)

Let's talk about cost, I originally spent 6K on electronics, stepper motors, spindle, software, and lots of little parts (Bolts, nuts, screws, aluminum shapes and plates and lots of tooling). As I think, I would say I spent a little more than $10K maybe $15K over a long period of time. If you talk to my wife, well, she would tell you I've spent $100K on it. LOL.

For me, the CNC journey has been more fun than the destination. If I could afford it, I would buy the 60x160 with the 4th axis from Avid / CNC Router parts. They make great products and their customer support and service is outstanding.
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Drawer Maker

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I'm a relative newbie to CNC. I built a cnc a couple of years ago from plywood using kit from Dave Gatton.
Then I took a couple of years off while i was building a new house.

Not sure I will every be as serious as you are. I have seven grandkids that are my main hobby :)

But i am going to build a new bigger, machine. And I see a lot of youtubers and some friends going with the avid machine.

Back to drawer maker.

I gave up the odd dado depth and went with 1/2 material and resultant model and toolpaths are very usuable. I will just have to trim the back and bottom a little. Maybe when you document this I can identify which setting is off .

Thanks for all the help
Conn Fountain

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Re: Drawer Maker

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connfountain wrote:
Mon Jun 01, 2020 8:02 pm
I'm a relative newbie to CNC. I built a cnc a couple of years ago from plywood using kit from Dave Gatton.
Then I took a couple of years off while i was building a new house.

Not sure I will every be as serious as you are. I have seven grandkids that are my main hobby :)

But i am going to build a new bigger, machine. And I see a lot of youtubers and some friends going with the avid machine.

Back to drawer maker.

I gave up the odd dado depth and went with 1/2 material and resultant model and toolpaths are very usuable. I will just have to trim the back and bottom a little. Maybe when you document this I can identify which setting is off .

Thanks for all the help
Conn Fountain
Hi Conn,
Let me see if I can figure out what's going on...

Can you verify the number of fingers? this layout is set to 8 fingers (note the 0.005" for clearance)
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Jim

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Re: Drawer Maker

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Hi All,

I just posted a video for the Easy Drawer Maker User Guide on YouTube.

Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CeFedB4MczA

Happy Viewing!!!

I have so much more to do :)
Thanks,
Jim

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Re: Drawer Maker

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Great Video

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Re: Drawer Maker

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MAXJ wrote:
Tue Jun 02, 2020 11:08 pm
Great Video
Thank you!
I have been working on learning how to make and edit better looking videos.
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Jim

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Re: Drawer Maker

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I will check the video. I am getting 5 fingers even though it is set to 9. I changed it to 7 and now I get four fingers.

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Re: Drawer Maker

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connfountain wrote:
Wed Jun 03, 2020 7:15 pm
I will check the video. I am getting 5 fingers even though it is set to 9. I changed it to 7 and now I get four fingers.
Try 8 fingers, it would give you 4 on the Side and 4 on the Front. How it works, if the Finger count is even (4, 6, 8, 10 etc... ) the count is cut in half. If the Finger count is odd (5, 7, 9, etc...) it is cut and half and rounded down an 1 is add to the Side, giving you one more finger on the Side than the Front.
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Re: Drawer Maker

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Hello All,

Made a number of updates.

Here is version 2.1

Next steps:
1. Help File (Wiki)
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