Thursday, October 23, 2014

"The Shop" with my New CNC Router

Cutting my first project on my CNC - The Spoon

The Spoons - I used this two sided project to practice on before cutting my Continuous Arm Windsor Chair seat with the CNC.

CNCRouterParts Model PRO4824 4' x 2' CNC Router Kit.  I built the base from scratch, and the rest was a kit that I assembled.  It has a 2.2KW Water Cooled Spindle, and the CNC is driven with NEMA 23 stepper motors.  In the right-hand photo, you can see my Perfomax 16-32 Plus Drum Sander, which I am very fond of.

On the left is my Bosch 4310 10-Inch Dual Bevel Slide Miter Saw. That a Jet JWL-1642EVS 16-Inch Swing 42-Inch with bed extension for turning long spindles.  It's difficult to see, but I have a Dewalt 12" Planer stored in the oak cabinet beneath the counter top and to the left of the freezer.  That's a Continuous Arm Windsor Chair bending form that is blocking the view of the Planer.  The shop is heated and air conditioned by a GE 1.5 Ton Zoneline Heat Pump, which is located in the closet where the ladder is hanging, and next to the freezer. This provides a ducted ventilation system with two filters; one on the door, and one on the HVAC system. I am pleasantly pleased with the system.  I'm warm in the winter and comfortable in our Hot-As-Hell summers.

My dust collector is located in the back corner of the shop.   It is a DELTA 50-850 1-1/2-Horsepower 1200 CFM Vacuum Dust Collector.  I installed metal vacuum duct around the entire shop, and the system has worked very well.  It has adequate CFM at each of the stations.  I have an Hitachi CB75F Band Saw, and some Taiwanese Drill Press that was given to me many years ago.  The wood rack is in the back corner as well.  Most of the far wall is used for wood storage.

SawStop Table Saw 1.75HP with 52" fence system.  I use the extended table on the saw for a Router Table.  My homemade clamp rack is located at the end.  The workbench located at the lower left of the photo was built 25 years ago from Woodsmith plans.

This is a better view of the Workbench.  I built a cabinet similar to the one in Woodsmith that fits below the table top for storing hand tools and routers.  The Miter Saw station sucks.  Previously, I had a Radial Arm Saw in the location of the cabinet to the right of Miter Saw.  At that time, I used the lower level counter top for the Miter Saw.  That section of counter top was mounted with heavy duty drawer slides and I could move the Miter Saw out away from the window to make cuts, which I seldom did with the Miter Saw.  Space was a premium, so I got rid of the Radial Arm Saw, which was a pain in the ass to keep tuned, and freed up the counter space for my wife to do jewelry and lapidary work.

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