Designing and cutting hold down clamps

I finally got around to making a set of hold down clamps for my Shapeoko CNC machine.  To be fair – I already had a set of these that I made in haste right after getting the machine but they weren’t what I wanted.  So in this video, I walk through how I designed these…

New PLA filament test print

In my last 3D printing post, I tackled the setup and first print on my new MonoPrice select mini V2 3D printer.  The print turned out great and I was excited to keep printing but that meant I needed some new filament to use for the machine.  As usual – I turned to Amazon to…

Setup and first 3D print

So I’ve been spending some time recently looking into 3d printing. Before I bought my CNC machine I was on the fence between a 3d printer and a CNC machine.  I ended up buying a CNC machine first since it was more practical for what I wanted to start building – but I still had…

Tracing an image to import into Carbide Create

It’s hard not to jump head first into cutting all sorts of crazy things on your CNC machine.  Trust me – I fight the urge almost everyday.  In this post/video, I wanted to tackle a simple project that highlighted how easy it was to use the Shapeoko and the Carbide 3d software.  This project is…

Working with a pasta machine

So my first attempt at making homemade pasta turned out sort of “meh”.  The noodles were way too big and they just didn’t taste very good (I assume I over or under cooked them).  So I went to Amazon and bought myself the Marcato 8320 pasta machine. I made a quick batch of dough over…

Making a threaded table for the Shapeoko XL

One of the first things I wanted to get done on my Shapeoko was to come up with a way to secure the stock to the wasteboard.  The most common way to do this is to drill holes in the wasteboard and put threaded inserts in.  You can then use bolts and clamps threaded into…

Making Pasta – take 1

So today I made my first attempt at making homemade pasta.  I bought a book a couple weeks back on making pasta.  It’s been a pretty simple read and I like how the recipes are simple and straight forward.  So far Im enjoying the book!  So today I took a crack at the basic recipe. …

Drawing your own image with the Shapeoko

So you’ve just built your Shapeoko and likely ran the legendary “Hello World” marker project.  Hopefully that all went well.  But now what?  At this point – you have a working machine but you’ve only run someone else’s G-code file to print the Shapeoko logo.  I think a great next step is to do your…

Shapeoko XL – First impressions

As some of you know, I’m very interested in carpentry.  I’m also very interested in electronics so it seems rather natural that at some point I would wind up with a CNC machine.  To tell you the truth, the idea of owning one hadn’t even crossed my mind until about a year ago when my…