I have never tried to build a CNC anything before. Gathering the needed knowledge is hard. There is a wealth of information out there for those that already know most of it but as I have no basis it ALL confuses me. I have in mind what is a simple project I am sure for any of you but to me its like Mt Everest. I am a hands on learner so without the benefit of one to hold and take apart I am intimidated . I would like to add a router on a x/y axis to my lathe. I have an overall width [the lathe] of 48" with a need to travel about thirty from left to right. The working depth is about 11". The needed travel there is only 3". The router needs to be able to be mounted at a right angle to the mounting plate. I have no problem assembling or even designing [by looks not components] this tool. What I need help on is in selecting the proper components and perhaps someone to review my plans for omissions prior to my committing too this project. The questions that come to mind are: Stepper vs servo motors? What type of track? What type of lead screw? what type of controller board - usb? xpro? Break out boxes? Software options? I am hoping that some one here will take pity on me and mentor me in this project.