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Forum: General - MM Build Tue 31 January 2012, 20:56
Replies: 12
Views: 3,510
Posted By melissa
I'm not sure exactly which font that is, but here...

I'm not sure exactly which font that is, but here are two websites to help you figure it out:

http://new.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/

http://www.identifont.com/
Forum: 60. Wiring & Cable Management Sun 22 January 2012, 19:32
Replies: 16
Views: 6,827
Posted By melissa
It may well lay flat (or at least flatter) after...

It may well lay flat (or at least flatter) after the cables are installed.

Copper is heavy :).
Forum: MechMates already cutting Sat 21 January 2012, 13:29
Replies: 778
Views: 130,775
Posted By melissa
Lookin' good! :) Two tips for your gantry...

Lookin' good! :)

Two tips for your gantry welding:

1. make sure the holes are countersunk for the motor bolts. It's easy while the parts are loose, and a right pain after the gantry is welded....
Forum: Troubleshooting Mon 09 January 2012, 17:14
Replies: 3
Views: 2,798
Posted By melissa
Milwaukee 5625 failure: electronic speed control?

I was running two cut files on my MM this afternoon. The first one ran fine, and completed in about 20 minutes. I swapped a new workpiece onto the table, loaded the new gcode, hit start, and... the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 23 November 2011, 15:22
Replies: 518
Views: 116,220
Posted By melissa
You have chosen wisely :). I built a THT...

You have chosen wisely :).

I built a THT [Tuba Home Theatre] for my digital pipe organ... it rattles the house :cool:.

Sorry, let me rephrase that. It rattles the neighbouring houses :eek: :D.
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 29 September 2011, 22:45
Replies: 1,078
Views: 234,584
Posted By melissa
When building my stitch-and-glue dinghy, I used a...

When building my stitch-and-glue dinghy, I used a soldering iron to remove the wires. The epoxy next to the wire heats up and loses its bond, making it easy to pull out. The rest of the epoxy still...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 19:07
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
The first batch of boxes. I'm astounded how well...

The first batch of boxes. I'm astounded how well these came out, given they were built with the cheapest grade of plywood available.

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Second batch, two different sizes. The taller ones...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:59
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
More Boxes

With the gantry squared, we now had two sheets of plywood, about 25mm narrower in both dimensions. Hmm... what to make... more workshop boxes, obviously!

A full sheet of plywood, clamped on the...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:52
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
broken clamp

The MDF clamps have been doing surprisingly well. In cutting about five sheets of plywood, we only damaged one clamp, and that was by hitting the tip sideways while unloading a sheet. In normal...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:48
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Squaring the gantry

My brother Camille was visiting recently. He helped me align the gantry, among other things we built using the mechmate.

We found it challenging to square the gantry by incrementally adjusting...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:21
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
click-together boxes

My first attempt at click-together assembly. The box is made of 1/2" plywood. The fit was bang-on, and the tabs make assembly much easier, as it self-aligns. More about boxes below :).

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Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:16
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
More clamp knobs. I used a two-part toolpath. ...

More clamp knobs. I used a two-part toolpath. The first part made the holes in the middle. I then inserted screws with washers, to hold down the knobs during stage 2.

The second toolpath cut...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Thu 25 August 2011, 18:11
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Thien Baffle, completed

Some more photos of the Thien dust separator:

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With it connected, I had to do something with all the sawdust from surfacing the table. I felt like a vacuum-cleaner salesman, as I...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Wed 03 August 2011, 11:11
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Forgot to mention: I used a Neutrik USB...

Forgot to mention: I used a Neutrik USB panel-mount connector. This way, I just have a short USB cable from the motherboard to the connector. Outside the box, I can plug in a thumb drive to load...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 02 August 2011, 17:05
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
I used a 2.5" laptop hard drive for the computer,...

I used a 2.5" laptop hard drive for the computer, also mounted in the control box. Rather than build a mounting bracket for the drive, I just used 11-gauge solid wire, twisted around the motherboard...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 21:53
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Hi Gary, I drilled holes and used...

Hi Gary,

I drilled holes and used "particleboard screws" to clamp the second layer in place, as well as C-clamps around the edges. The screws have a very coarse wood thread, and a pan head. Once...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 18:30
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Thanks for jogging my memory... I had an "oops"...

Thanks for jogging my memory... I had an "oops" while cutting parts for the dust shoe.

I was cutting 2mm Lexan for the top surface of the dust shoe. Two holes (40mm and 107mm), and then the outer...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 18:14
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Dust Collection: Thien Baffle

I thought that the dust quantity would be a problem, and surfacing the table confirmed it for me :eek:. Next up: building a Thien Baffle to separate the dust ahead of the dust collector.

I built...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 18:05
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
MDF clamps

There have been some DXF's of MDF clamps posted on the site -- this is one of them. I manually nested the parts (fairly easy when they're the same shape).

The middle section is pocketed, to allow...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 17:02
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Dust Shoe

Next up was making a dust shoe. I purchased some "8020" aluminum profile to bolt the assembly to the y-car. My dust shoe is manually positioned, so it doesn't lift with the router. I may revise that...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Mon 01 August 2011, 16:54
Replies: 334
Views: 63,337
Posted By melissa
Machine upgrades

Having built my MechMate, I was much less intimidated than otherwise, to rewire parts of the gantry.

I ordered a larger junction box for the gantry, which made the wiring much simpler. Having a...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Fri 10 June 2011, 22:16
Replies: 18
Views: 4,007
Posted By melissa
Heh. Well, part of my plan was to start welding...

Heh. Well, part of my plan was to start welding on low(er)-risk projects first. I made a pair of speaker stands, then the crane, and then started on the MechMate.

I actually built the crane...
Forum: Introduce yourself and start planning Fri 10 June 2011, 18:52
Replies: 18
Views: 4,007
Posted By melissa
Hi Kent, I'm among those who started the...

Hi Kent,

I'm among those who started the build with no welding skills whatsoever. I invested in a Miller 211, and it's been some of the best money I spent on the build. I'm now finding all sorts...
Forum: Construction started, but not cutting yet Tue 07 June 2011, 22:47
Replies: 31
Views: 10,437
Posted By melissa
Hello Blackdog, First off, welcome to the...

Hello Blackdog,

First off, welcome to the forum! I'm sure you'll get plenty of good advice during your build.

I've just completed a MechMate of approximately those dimensions (cutting area...
Forum: MechMates already cutting Tue 07 June 2011, 12:11
Replies: 518
Views: 116,220
Posted By melissa
photo of router in car?

Russell,

Can you post a photo or two of the router mounted in the Y car? I'm curious about the power cable. I have the same router, and the cable runs very close to the opening in the car.
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