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      So I decided to build a CNC router to aid my making career.
      I make interactive installations and work with LED's plus run my own travelling show www.digitalfunfair.co.uk
      I wanted to get into the technology and my son showed some interest too which was a bonus.
      After a medium amount of research I ordered a kit from Ooznest because it looked like a good bet for a first timer. At least if you are based in UK
      There was a typical mix up with the courier company, UPS, which seems to be almost standard for our address, so I didn't get to start building it until after Easter.

      The instructions made everything pretty clear and I build the kit up in three sessions - about 10 hours probably - plus add a bit on for me lying because I want to appear more competent than I really am.

      In fact part of the reason I was keen on the technology was because of my terrible finishing skills. I was good at Maths at school but give me a ruler and ask me to measure a line and I could never get the same answer twice. At the same time these (lack of) skills means it might be a bit of an ask to build the machine to a decent level!

      Largely the build went ok. It was a bit of a struggle getting the Z axis set up and I hope I got it right. At first the bearing kept popping out as I moved the carriage but then I followed the video and think I got it right. Not sure what I was doing wrong.

      The main difficulty I had was knowing how tight to do the eccentric spacers. I did them as loose as I could without their being any movement. When I'd put the kit together my son pointed out a couple of the top wheels were loose so I tightened up the relevant spacers. Time will tell I guess.

      Anyway I've really enjoyed it so far. I'm off to Portugal for a week on Tuesday so hoping I can get some kind of action before then - but its looking doubtful!

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    Reason for this Build

    I run a travelling show, the Digital Funfair, and would like to cut wood and acrylic to help me build stuff for the show. Also just interested in learning more about the technology.
  • Parts list

    Qty Part Name Part Link Comments
    1 Ooznest Kit Link Excellent Kit for a first time builder
    1 Arduino Uno Link
    1 Protoneer cnc Shield Link Slightly ashamed to say this is a chinese clone
    1 12v 360v Power Supply Link
    4 DRV 8825 drivers with heatsinks Link