Thread: Advise on building a CNC table
hi all, ive for a long time been thinking about a cnc table.
and want to get a list together of what i would need.
been doing a lot of reading different forums, builds and. google searching.
i would say 4ft by 2ft cutting.
steel box frame.
i was looking at making the table so it can be used for plasma cutting with a water table.
put thick ply over the top of the emptied water table and use it with a router for woodworking.
wow nearly 100 views and not one reply with any advice.
Don't know how deep the metal spray would penetrate your tank before solidifying ? but i would cover your "T" slot arrangement with a sacrificial sheet of light gauge Galvanized Steel.When you change to router mode after cleaning and fixing your sacrificial board you will have to skim it to get it flat before you can use the machine.
Plasma and water table (not router) OR water table and router (not plasma)
in which case I did not take account of the dross from plasma and in fact I thought it would be very difficult to combine all three considering the mess a plasma would make to the bed/table
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Well I've read it as he want's a router and Plasma with a waterbase.!!
If your going to take this route then think carefully about design because changing from one to the other won't be simple as just throwing a bed on top, you'll need to consider Spindle and Torch location because as anyone who's built a CNC router will tell you setting the spindle up takes a good while and you won't want to be removing in a hurry, then you have skimming the bed everytime you switch which becomes a pain.
You'll also have to consider the affects of heat throwing the accuracy of the frame and bed out, which for a plasma doesn't really get noticed or matter, but a router will see it easily. Also plasma is messy and abrasive compared to router and they won't sit well together.
Personally IME these type of Combi machines never do anything really well and there's always a compromise. Better building one or the other to be best they can be.
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