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Yuusuf Sallahuddin (Y.S. Creations)
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Leather worker, Web Designer/Developer, Graphic Artist, Mosaic Artist, Laser Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Apprentice Billionaire
Leather worker, Web Designer/Developer, Graphic Artist, Mosaic Artist, Laser Enthusiast, Entrepreneur, Apprentice Billionaire

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Finally got the $ to buy myself all the parts to build a cnc. A question for the cnc users / devs here, which is the best option for controller? I've got smoothieboard already, but I've seen much talk about grbl also.

I'm considering combining the cnc with the laser also (as k40 is starting to cause dramas due to its mechanical components) if that makes any difference to controller choice.

Thanks in advance fellow tinkerers.

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So, many months after the original idea was spawned by the spice rack, I've finally figured out how to do my coffee caddy.

A few failures in the making, but many a learning process & voila, it's completed.

I ended up using the laser cutter, to cut some acrylic to attach to the base of my trim router (piece A). Then created an outer circle (piece B) with an offset diameter (from edge of A to closest edge of router bit). So somehow, the math worked out that I needed 220mm circle template (piece B), guided by the piece A along edge of piece B in order to create a 100mm circle. End results were more like a ~99mm circle (but it just needed to be > 96mm, without being too large).
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So, in order to complete this Coffee Caddy I've been wanting to build, I needed a method to create circles reliably & cleanly. I've bought a small trim router & finally got a chance to mount it under a table.

Then I've created a pivot point to rotate around for cutting the circles of whatever size (obviously there is a bit of a minimum & maximum though). If you see the odd naming on the measurements, that's my mate's contribution. He decided since I messed up the measurements (through a trial & error process to find out the exact distances for certain radius circles) that they should be called weird things (e.g. USA & French Imperial haha).

So, I've managed to get the 165mm diameter spot on, but yet to get the 80mm diameter right. Will work on it now.
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+Alex Krause+Don Kleinschnitz​ After advice from you guys (& some guys in woodwork group) I've done a bit of research & found a Ryobi trim router will do the job for my circles as it comes with a circumference jig for 70-200mm (with an unusable range something like 176-183mm becaue of mounting or something). So just got one at work today & will hopefully crank out the Coffee Caddy this afternoon when I finish.
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Built this & need some advice for a future project that will be similar. Any suggestions welcome. See original post details for what advice I need.

Thanks in advance.
Made a spice rack recently. Was originally intended to hold 20 jars but I stuffed up a measurement & had to cut off some wrongly drilled sections, so now it only holds 18.

Pretty happy with the end result & spawned new ideas for other similar pieces (e.g. a coffee caddy). Now I have to figure out how to cut much larger holes out of wood perfectly round. Tried router table off a pivot point but didn't work as the pivot point kept bending or leaning causing unclean finish. Umming & ahhing over what method or tool to use in order to do much larger holes.

Thinking CNC may be in order now, unless anyone has any suggestions that may work...
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Made a spice rack recently. Was originally intended to hold 20 jars but I stuffed up a measurement & had to cut off some wrongly drilled sections, so now it only holds 18.

Pretty happy with the end result & spawned new ideas for other similar pieces (e.g. a coffee caddy). Now I have to figure out how to cut much larger holes out of wood perfectly round. Tried router table off a pivot point but didn't work as the pivot point kept bending or leaning causing unclean finish. Umming & ahhing over what method or tool to use in order to do much larger holes.

Thinking CNC may be in order now, unless anyone has any suggestions that may work...
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Very interesting style of laser cut lamp.

+Ashley M. Kirchner You might be interested in this one.
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A winosaur. Saw this on Instructables. Pretty interesting concept. Thought maybe some might be interested in making something similar for themselves (or gifts) using their K40s.
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