I've been looking at purchasing the beam and increasing it's size to about 20x20 and upping the Z clearance. I'm at a point where I'm wondering if maybe there is a better option build based on price and use. I want a bit more on the Z axis, I'd like to do woodworking, inlay, and signs to begin but have the machine functionality to branch out to other things. I'd eventually like to be able to machine a bit of aluminum but that can come through future upgrades and is not a pressing matter. Any thoughts? I'd really like to stay as close to $1000usd as I can, I'm still convincing my future wife that this is a great idea.