DIY Spinning Christmas Ornaments

With a little planning and some basic hardware, some sheets of 3mm acrylic can be turned into spinning ornaments that can be infinitely customized to express yourself. Project made possible courtesy of @apolloness.

CNC Spindle Comparison: Makita RT0701C vs. Dewalt DWP611

Most DIY CNC kits utilize off the shelf solutions as spindle motors. These are certainly compromises compared to what you might find on a professional grade CNC, but they generally do a passable job. On the Shapeoko 3, your two supported options are the Makita RT0701C and Dewalt DWP611 compact routers. These are both very similar products on paper, but from the perspective of a CNC user there are some subtle differences between the two. Check the video for the … Continue reading

First Hand Look at the Nomad 883 Pro Desktop CNC by Carbide3D

60 pounds of Prosumer-grade awesome, and Make Magazine award winner. The majority of people looking to get into digital fabrication tend to consider cost to be a very important factor. The first CNC machine most individuals buy will probably cost less than $2,000. And that’s okay, because there’s plenty of value to be had in the entry-level segment. But what if your budget is more flexible? Unfortunately, CNC shopping isn’t like car shopping. You don’t get to test drive a … Continue reading

DIY Letter Blocks

My good friends having a baby gave me a project idea, custom letter blocks. Super simple idea that I over-complicated by my choice of materials (“upcycling” some 2×4 scraps, instead of buying square dowels). Materials, Consumables, & Hardware: 2×4 scraps, untreated. 1-x- Pine board Acrylic Paint Shellac 1/8″ Ball End Mill

Shapeoko 3 XL Threaded Insert Installation

In my quest to bring to bear the full power of my workshop, I needed to lay down an array of threaded inserts in my Shapeoko XL’s table so I could clamp and fixture projects. I traditionally use 1/4″-20 hardware to secure my workpieces, so I would need holes carved to fit these threaded inserts (E-Z Lok Threaded Insert, Zinc, Hex-Flanged, 1/4″-20 Internal Threads, 13mm Length (Pack of 100)). I designed a 2×2″ counterbored hole pattern, with a total of … Continue reading

DIY Plywood Dust Separator Project (Old)

A vacuum is an essential tool for keeping your shop clean, but when you’re doing work in the shop you’re very often generating large volumes of dust that will quickly overwhelm most consumer-grade vacuums. The solution is to use a “two stage” system that captures the majority of dust and particulates in the intermediate stage. Now there are plenty of off-the-shelf systems that will give you this capability, the most common one being the Oneida Dust Deputy. While this is … Continue reading