My CNC journey starts here I suppose

Brian, Confirmat screws will get the job done with MDF.

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Thank you, sir. Will keep that in mind. I do have some MDF projects planned for the future. :wink:

sid-toy

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I did run into an issue with a bent 65mm mount. Looks like it got squished somehow. But the Onefinity customer service team is ON IT! It was only two emails and about 15 minutes before I had a USPS tracking number for a new mount.

Thank you guys for the killer machine and customer service!

My 80mm mount and spindle are already installed and the 80mm unit is in perfect shape. I’m honestly blown away by this machine. And the experience as a whole.

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Glad we could help! Have fun!

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Started finally cutting parts for my cross cut sled. So I can FINALLY start cutting enclosure parts. Have spent the better part of the last month just waiting for tools to ship. But Onefinity can get me 3 50lb boxes from Canada in 4 days?!?

Anywho, on with the chaos…

Cut my sled rails, cut the sled base, and cut and laminated the front and rear fences for the sled. Tomorrow when the glue dries I’ll start assembling the sled. Nothing but cheap plywood, no intricate or elaborate plan, no crazy measurements, just keeping things square and letting it evolve. :metal:

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For you guys wondering about Onefinity service or on the fence because of the VERY few negative reports you’ve found…

I contacted them about the bent 65mm mount on Thursday (3/31/2022). By Saturday morning (4/2/2022) the new mount was in my mailbox with a return shipping label already in the box. As simple as open the box, drool over the new mount, drop the bent one in the same box, seal it up, put the new label on, and wait until Monday (today) to drop it back in the mailbox.

I gotta say, the few posts I’ve seen about slow or poor customer service are starting to seem like they’re from the “ya can’t please everyone” crowd. Well done Onefinity. :clap:

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Cross cut sled is finally done. Time to start cutting materials…finally. Assuming nothing else comes up or I don’t discover something else I need or have to have.

But, now the real headache…finding somebody to lend a hand that has the common sense to hold a sheet of plywood without making things worse. THAT seems to be the real battle. :man_facepalming:t2:

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To add to the list of things that you don’t know you need - a track saw makes working with sheet goods solo much easier than breaking them down on a table saw :wink:

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I’m considering picking one up actually. But I just keep going deeper and deeper down this rabbit hole. And I really dislike working with wood. :rofl:

The rabbit hole got too deep and life is too damn short. Returning what I can today and just going to buy a table to put the 1F on so I can get it operational for now. The table saw will likely be sold today as a dialed in and complete setup. Anything left will be recycled into other projects.

As stated MANY times in this thread, I hate working with wood. And I’m $1500 into wood working tools and supplies I never even wanted. Will revisit the enclosure when I can. Or maybe when I have a flat space large enough and flat enough to build something square enough to be worthy of the 1F.

Disgusted and sick to my stomach at this point. A whole lot of money and time down the drain, which took me in a direction I never wanted to go.

Flat out and straight up, I’m not a woodworker. I never wanted to be, and I don’t care to try again.

Learn from my mistakes fellas. If you know you’re not the woodworker type, don’t try to convince yourself you are. :facepunch:

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I enjoy woodworking, but I did come to some of the same conclusions as you about what I need to go along with my new Journeyman (currently using a Next Wave Piranha Fx). Btw, I went with a 64 x 44 Kreg table for my Journeyman and will build it this weekend.

One of the things we have planned is a move to a new home later this year as part of semi-retirement from my day job (software nerd for 35+ years). That will include a decent sized shed/barn, but is currently limited to 1/2 of a two car garage. We bought a trailer to keep a couple tools and the riding mower in, so I could make room for the Journeyman. As I was moving everything around, I realized I was moving a lot of my rarely used woodworking tools into the trailer. I kept the 14" bandsaw and 12" drum sander in the garage, but the router table, jointer, planer and table saw went in the trailer. It was definitely interesting to see how my mindset has changed with a CNC in the garage.

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I had never planned to touch any wood other than to build the enclosure. I’m a car guy that builds car things and toy car parts. :rofl: I should have known better. For some reason though, I had myself convinced I would build this really nice enclosure. The reality is, there isn’t a flat space on my garage floor large enough or flat enough to build anything…the garage floor is cracked in multiple places and is everything BUT flat. And now that I have all these damn woodworking tools, there isn’t room to build anything if I wanted to.

I did find a nice 4’x4’ table locally the other day for $50…a heavy duty coffee table basically. I think it’ll do the trick for now if I throw a sheet of plywood on top so I don’t tear it up too bad. At least until we can get out of this place and I have more space. I’m curious about this Kreg table kit you bought though. Google came up with all kinds of pocket jigs and stuff, more woodworking crap I don’t need/want (:rofl:), but nothing about a table. Even when searching for “64x44 Kreg Table.”

As the saying goes, the show must go on…

Here are a few pics of some of the RC products I have been working on. These are a heavy duty replacement axle housing for the Axial SCX10-III with a “fabricated” style center section and dropout 3rd member…with some custom options. I have these printed by Shapeways from nylon using their SLS process. The Onefinity was purchased to cut 2d parts from flat stock…aluminum, carbon fiber, G10 (fiberglass), delrin (acetal), and lexan (polycarbonate). When I get more into chassis parts, electronics mounts, and brackets…that’s where the 1F gets put to work.

Front Axles, left and right side drop units:

Rear Axle:

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Those are some nice models, Brian. I’d love to see how they turn out.

For Kreg, here’s the link - Bench Systems | Kreg Tool

I ended up buying it from PeachTree USA - Kreg Universal Bench System.

It came through shipping in excellent condition and went together with no issues. I’ll probably be buying a couple more for other tools in the future.

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And there’s a new topic discussing this table in the forum: Kreg 44x64-in table & Journeyman X-50 & MDF

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Thank you, I’ll check those out.

The axle models were uploaded to Shapeways yesterday and are in the process of being printed now. I’ll upload some pics of the completed prototype axles after the parts get here and I can build them up.

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Hey Brian, cool design!
I know you are holding off on building the cabinet, however, I’m curious to know if your design is for sale. Typically, when I see something I like, I just build it. Unfortunately, this usually takes twice the time. I’m looking to start designing furniture and other projects so, what software are you using to design?

I don’t know that the enclosure model is actually complete enough to share. I need to redraw it with some changes and haven’t done it. May never get around to it now. Sorry man.

I use Autodesk Fusion 360.

Can I ask … how do you properly calibrate a 3D printer? I just purchased my first ever Ender 3D s1 and am gradually making adjustments to print better, but this is my first ever. I am going to eventually print the end caps and wipers for my woodworker as well. :grin:

There is a lot to do when it comes to dialing in your printer…

Start with these basics:

  1. Check frame for squareness, loose bolts, loose connections…
  2. Calibrate XY and E steps
  3. Tune hotend/bed PID
  4. Level/tram bed
  5. Tune Z-probe offset
  6. Tune flow rate

Each of these things are really easy to do and will save you a ton of problems and print issues down the road. Look up each step one-by-one and you will find plenty of videos/articles on how to do it.

As the S1 is a relatively new printer, just search up “how to… Ender 3” rather than S1.

After that, start looking into slicer settings. I recommend trying out a couple different slicers before you get set on one. I started off with Cura, but recently switched to SuperSlicer and love it!

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