- What is the last thing you made? (pics pls)
Decided to buy 9 Ikea Ivar cupboards and fill a wall with them. Thought it was a good opportunity to do something creative with my CNC.
Trimmed the height of the top row, trimmed the depth of the middle column to get depths of 50/40/30 so it didn’t block the window but maximised storage capacity.
Engraving was done on a 3D printed, diy Root3 CNC. 2mm depth of cut mostly with a 1/8th downcut bit.
Total machine hours: 45
Tree rings drawing by Madeline Miller on Etsy:
I’ll fill in the right-hand section with some shelves at some point.
Cat for scale
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Thanks benv. I would suit a cafe or mill-type place wouldn’t it? I bet it wouldn’t take that long on a proper industrial CNC. If I were to do it like this one, it would have cost £2800 – not sure people would pay that. Although you could get a similar effect with a much simpler design and cut the machining time to a third (In which case it would be about £1200 (plus cupboards). Which sounds like a bargain 🙂Posted 1 week agobenvMember
If I were to do it like this one, it would have cost £2800 – not sure people would pay that.
People have paid more for a lot less!
I would suit a cafe or mill-type place wouldn’t it?
Two things that immediately came to mind were 1. lockers in a fancy gym changing room and 2. with some OS style map contours and features in place of growth rings in a trail centre or hill walking type cafe.Posted 1 week agotwowheelsMember
Update on my bike handlebar bluetooth remote control project-
I built a prototype with a mini joystick but decided it wouldn’t work well with gloves (an important design goal) so I went back to buttons. That one was basically a breadboard with a clone of the Nordic dev board, which I actually zip-tied to my handlebars for testing! After that I went back to proper buttons, which I can 3D print big pressy knobs for.
The current board was basically the same but I hired a freelancer for an hour to lay it out nicely in KiCAD (which I’m not too familiar with) so I could get it made by one of the PCB prototyping factories
I’ll test this for a couple of rides zip-tied to my hardtail flat handlebars in a zip-lock bag for waterproofing. If it’s all good I’ll 3D print an I-spec mount.Posted 1 week ago
I already identified a couple of flaws though. Also, the goal eventually is to build one small enough to integrate with STI shifter- that means using a smaller LiPo battery (and I want USB charging, i.e. more complicated power control) and a much smaller surface mounted bluetooth module. So I am already working on the next iteration!TheBrickMember
If you were doing repeat jobs I would use you router to create a jig for the pattern. Although you would be routeing by hand once you have the jig it may well be quicker to clamp the cupboards together lay the jig over the top and hand route rather than line up each door on your CNC machine.Posted 1 week agonickjbMember
If you were doing repeat jobs I would use you router to create a jig for the pattern. Although you would be routeing by hand once you have the jig it may well be quicker to clamp the cupboards together lay the jig over the top and hand route rather than line up each door on your CNC machine.
Alignment on a CNC router is pretty easy. You can put some blocks on the bed for repeat work to define a zero point. Hand routing may be slightly faster but not by much and the big benefit of CNC is you can go and do something else while it is cutting. I recently had a rush job on, set the CNC router up cutting one part, a bodged Arduino/Stepper running the lathe cutting another, while I did some hand drilling. Three for time of one!Posted 1 week ago
I struggle with leaving the CNC. I know some people have cameras set up to monitor it, but I’m still learning and still prone to making mistakes. I like to hear it at all times.
I know what you mean about hand machining being quicker @TheBrick, but I got it down to a fine art in the end. Not sure it would be possible to make a jig for all the shapes it cut.
Anyway – I have absolutely no plans to repeat it 🙂
Most of the time, I’m much better off putting more hours into my day job than trying to turn my hobby into a profit-making enterprise.
I might change my mind if I get a good idea for something more easily sellable. I think I see a laser cutter in my future 🙂Posted 1 week agothenorthwindMember
I’m trying to have a ‘quick win’ today with some shelf brackets, but I’ve already turned into an over-ambitious epic! Why do I do it to myself!?
Funny you should say that @AlexSimon, I’ve just finished fabricating some steel shelf brackets for my kitchen. I’ll put some pictures up when I get round to it. Let’s just say it’s a good job industrial chic is a thing though 😉Posted 1 week ago
They added it to Ikea Hackers – shame about the dull thumbnail 🙂
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