I had been thinking about buying/building a cnc router for about a year. I was eye'ing the x-carve and was waiting for either a used one in my area to come up for sale or for a project that would justify buying/building one. I found Openbuilds while building a cnc back gauge for my press break. Though I didnt end up using Openbuild parts for it, I was impressed with the company and the community here.
I now have a project that would be a lot easier with a cnc router and as luck would have it, Openbuilds had a Fathers day sale on their new version of the Workbee. I took it as a sign and bought the 1510.
I've started building the machine, but am in a holding pattern due to missing parts. Openbuilds has been great dealing with the parts issues, so no complaints there. In the meantime, I've started designing a base and enclosure for it. I'm still not sold on the idea of an enclosure, so that will be built after I have some hours on the machine and see how well the dust boot works.
Two weekends ago I built the workbench. Its not complete as I'm not sure where everything it going to go yet. But it was complete enough to get the machine frame built this weekend.
I built the machine before attaching the top so I could figure out where to add supports and where to cut access holes for the vacuum and for the vertical stock support.
From the beginning I knew I didnt want the 20x80 mounted on their sides, but I wasnt sure how low I wanted to them to go. Thanks to @Metalguru for posting their suggested improvements. After seeing that I knew I wanted to do something similar. I ordered 3 additional pieces of 20x40 and mounted them perpendicular to the 20x80s. I had about 5" left over from each piece so I cut them down to 2" and mounted them underneath the ends of the 20x80s for a bit more support.
I also implemented his suggestion to swap out the end caps for 3 hole brackets as to connect the C-Beam to the ends.
I used the left over 3 hole brackets to attach the frame to the table.
Since I dont want to have to unmount the frame when I have to change the wasteboard, I opted to weld nuts to the wasteboard brackets.
Before making these changes, I had about .017" of play when pushing down on the 20x80. After I have about .004".
I've been doing a bunch of 3D printing for this build. Here's just a few things I've designed an printed.
Drag chain mounts for wires and the vacuum hose:
A double elbow to route the hose from the side of the machine to above the dust collector located under the table.
A dust shoe that I found on Thingiverse. Still need to attached the brush. Also need to design the brackets to get the hose from the drag chain to the shoe.
Shawn's Workbee 1510
Shawn's adventure in assembling and customizing the Openbuild's version of the 1500x1000 Workbee.
- Build License:
- GNU (GPL3+) General Public Licence