Started off with an Openbuilds Workbee 1010 Lead Screw Driven. Built the Wooden frame/table with casters from Harbor Freight. The Workbee is incredibly easy to build with the given videos for both the mechanical and electrical. I went with the Openbuilds Opencase to protect and cool the electronics.
For the spindle I chose to go with 1.5kw water cooled because of how loud routers gets. VFD and spindle purchased from ebay and was fairly easy to set up with various videos on YouTube.
110V 1.5KW WATER COOLED MOTOR SPINDLE AND DRIVE INVERTER VFD FOR CNC HOT ITEM 709016079269 | eBay
To mount the 80mm diameter spindle I found someone who makes it on eBay. If I were to do it over again I would of ordered a 65mm diameter spindle to get a little extra cutting area.
Designed to Order Router/Spindle Mount for Almost All Routers/Spindles and CNCs | eBay
Cable for VFD/Spindle
BELDEN 29500 VFD Cable 16/4 16AWG Air/Water Spindle 4KW 1.5KW 2.2KW 3KW 800W /FT | eBay
The dust shoe is made out of 1/2" SS tubing, set screws(spindle mount came with threaded holes), acrylic, magnets, super glue, and some brush I ordered from amazon.
The spoil board is 3/4" MDF with 1/4" inserts from Amazon. I have 2 extra 1000mm 1"x1" aluminum extrusions I am going to cut down and put underneath the sides of the spoil board to give it a little extra stiffness.
The pump to cool the spindle is from Harbor Freight and costs around $6 on sale. I used standard auto coolant as computer coolant is expensive. 5 gallon buckets from Walmart(cheapest I could find).
158 GPH Submersible Fountain Pump
For dust collection I'm using a Vacmaster Hepa Vacuum with a dust collector attachment on a 5 gallon bucket. The hose from the bucket to the dust shoe is for a water pump discharge. It's really cheap but not nearly as flexible as I would have hoped.
The enclosure is made from wood and acrylic(eBay)
.118" x 24" x 48" Clear Cast Acrylic Sheet | eBay
The Forever Project
Workbee 1010 Lead Screw with water cooled spindle and enclosure
- Build License:
- CC - Attribution - CC BY
Reason for this BuildInspired by a coworker with a CNC Router I decided to start a new project to do geometric art, build fun things around the house, design some decorations for my upcoming wedding.