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      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.

      [UPDATE 7/23/18]

      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.

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      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.

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      [UPDATE: 9/1/2018]

      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.

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      I also implemented his suggestion to swap out the end caps for 3 hole brackets as to connect the C-Beam to the ends.

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      I used the left over 3 hole brackets to attach the frame to the table.

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      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.

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      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:

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      A double elbow to route the hose from the side of the machine to above the dust collector located under the table.

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      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.

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