Drawer Slide CNC Project
If you are interested in seeing what kind of CNC machine can be built on a shoestring budget you might be interested in one of my ongoing projects. I have built a CNC router using scraps I had around the workshop, and a few cheaply sourced parts. Not including the cost of materials and tools I already had in the shop, I believe this build came in under $100. I already had a computer to control it, a rotary tool (router), a power supply, and the drawer slides, so most of the expensive items were already in my shop, so don’t be misled by a < $100 CNC machine.
I have tried to outline some of the challenges I faced in this project on my website http://dkehler.com/drawer-slide-cnc-project/
Mostly I am trying to use the blog as a reminder for myself of the things that I had challenges with or was hard to find concise information about online. It is far from comprehensive, but may be interesting to some to members.
I have been using it successfully (in my opinion) to make wooden signs that I have actually sold a few of (I have kind friends). I will be putting photos up of the finished products in the future, but I am notoriously slow on updating things sometimes.
Anyway, for anyone looking to get started with CNC routers on the cheap, I hope this provides some inspiration.
If you have any questions I am always interested in talking about the project and sharing my limited knowledge.
Very cool! I’d love to see some photos of the machine and some from the signs you have made.
If you follow the link I provided at the bottom of the wall of text there is a link to the photos post. ☺ It’s not well laid out I know, and I apologize for that. . A direct link to the photos of the machine is
To see some of the products I have made far check out
The thumbnails for the gallery for some reason are broken, but they should still load.
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Here are some photos of a few of the projects I have made so far.
A friend of mine have a joke about going to his place for coffee instead of tim hortons on our coffee breaks, so I made him a sign.