He just shared his Ultimate Table Build, he did for a buddy for his X-50. Has some very cool features. The video addresses both the build, rationale for why things were done that way, how you can get all the files. etc. Another GREAT overview and project from Jay.
Its really cool how he did them, they are not in the wasteboard they are actually in the table so you never have to change them out when you swap the board. Its a long video but very well executed and explained.
Especially since I saw Robert’s table, because when I sit in the small office in my workshop and look at my lumber yard on the opposite wall, I always stare at 3 pieces of 3 meter long 100 x 100 mm squared lumber (= 3 pc. 4" x 4" x 10 ft.!)
I used full sheets on mine, as well. I did just order this cart, though. One of the main things I’ve been wanting to address is vertical work holding for sliding dovetails that I do for boxes every few weeks. I have a little Piranha Fx that allows boards to overhang the front of the bed, so I’ve kept it in place for pretty much that reason alone. We also just put our house up for sale and are looking for places where I can use/build a decent workshop instead of moving my wife’s car out of the garage each time. So, a little bit of helping the cause for Jay in the present and a lot of expansion plans for the near future.
My answer would be YES, my current table does not have a bunch of extra bench space. These things are large as you know, not many people have extra floor space to make it bigger. I read almost every thread on the forum and I can absolutely say that a HUGE theme is “I have limited space”.
As for dust collection, (I am not defending Jay at all) but he discloses if you watch the video in detail, that is he built if for his neighbor and did not have his vacuum solution over with the CNC so he did not add any options but it can certainly be added.
Is this perfect NO, is it pretty awesome… In my opinion YES.
I also often think of limited space and admire people who accomodate with it, but I would think that the steppers protrude into two directions anyway, and the cable connectors into the two other directions, so there never can be the next piece of workshop furniture or the wall at that table ends anyway. I don’t think if you add the width of these protruding parts there will be really space added. Also I think those protruding parts need a little protection.
I had noticed that, he stresses the importance of dust collection (which I absolutely agree with). I just mentioned dust boot overhang as things that protrude the machine too.
The build is nice and the vertical part is pretty cool. What I found the best out of the entire build was the set work space (Machine File) as he calls it. Eliminating the need to zero the x/y axis. Just zero the z and off you go all day every day. That is what I would want to get to using. I know that is vetric thing but dang it would make things easier. Like 2-sided carves.
Is stall homing by itself accurate enough for the vertical joinery? I would use a touch probe to locate the corner of the work piece and not chance it. Jay has a CNC with limit switches which are more accurate for repeatable homing.
the insufficient accuracy of stall homing is irrelevant if you use a touch probe everytime and subsequently only rely on the workpiece coordinates. And reducing the use of the touch probe to only once per bootup period because you have a fixed jig saves time (as long you can ensure accurate positioning and clamping of the workpiece at the jig). Retrofitting inductive proximity sensors as limit switches brings accuracy if you want to rely on the absolute machine coordinates, without probing.