My Woodworker X50 is on order and unlikely to be with me before 2022, but I want to try and prepare the workspace for it’s arrival.
I don’t have a lot of space, so am in the process of designing a hinged board on wheels or casters so that it takes up less space when not in use, and can be wheeled out into the garden during the warmer weather, but there are a couple of things I need to know, please:
What are the exact footprint dimensions, i.e. without the “stick out” of the stepper motor? I’m thinking about manufacturing a frame to sit the machine in, rather than screwing it into an MDF board, as this isn’t a great method for securing the machine.
What type of screws are provided to secure the machine to the mounting board, if any, and what is the likelihood bolts could be used instead?
Is there any reason the machine couldn’t be mounted on CLS timber rails, for example, to improve the height between the baseboard and the bottom of the Z mounting plate? Although the work area of the machine indicates a cutting height of 5-1/4", I think quite a bit of that could be lost if using a longer cutting tool.
I’m also thinking of mounting the machine on a metal (steel or aluminium) plate, rather than MDF, for the reasons above. Has anyone successfully attempted this.
I’ve got a Carbide3D BitZero I want to use, rather than spending out for a new one, but does anyone know what the name and type of the connectors used to plug the probe into the control box, please?