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Question #: 14138

Question: Can any of your CNC kits be adapted to work with a manual wood lathe?

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It's best to design a machine specifically for a lathe rather than adapting an existing machine kit to an existing lathe. If you are interested in us designing a machine like this, let us know.

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  • Can you recommend any handwheels known to work with your USB BOB?

    Sure, here is our recommended handwheels for the CNC Control Boards we sell. For the parallel breakout boards, skip to the handwheels that don't connect to the control board.

    Corded Handwheels that can be wired to control boards (Direct Amazon Links):
    http://amzn.to/2v4WhIe
    http://amzn.to/2vq0Aiv

    Handwheels that do not connect directly to the control board (connect to the computer's USB):
    (Wireless) http://amzn.to/2v6RB32
    (Wired) http://amzn.to/2ucfAAz

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    Can you recommend any handwheels known to work with your USB BOB?

  • Do your cnc machine kits include all of the components to make a working machine?

    Our kits include all of the parts needed to put a whole working machine together. However, understand that the kits are quite advanced and require a good level of mechanical competence to be completed correctly. We offer assembled machines for those that can't assemble these machines due to their complexity and need for fastening the overall components in a way that there is good smooth and tight motion, minimizing backlash to the fullest.

    We do have a few kits that you need to supply the table which include the greenBull 4x,5x and 6x, and the blackFoot. The tables would be far to large and heavy to ship. Our greenBull Kit is our best selling machine. All of the other machines are all inclusive.

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    Do your cnc machine kits include all of the components to make a working machine?

  • Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3?

    The mach3 control software will work with all major CAM software (CAMBAM, Aspire and Vectric, BobCAD/CAM, ArtCAM, Dolphin CAM, CAM software that integrate with SolidWorks and AutoDesk Inventor, and many more).

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    Is there any other software that will work with your controller Mach3?

  • can your vacuum pump controller card work with a 1-1/2 HP single phase 200v motor?

    The relay on the Vacuum Pump Controller can handle up to 250V and 12A. If your vacuum pump falls below those values, then the vacuum pump controller will work.

    Link to the vacuum pump controller:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-pneumatic-hydraulic-vacuum-pump-controller-sensor-redfrog-v1

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    can your vacuum pump controller card work with a 1-1/2 HP single phase 200v motor?

  • Hi, I am thinking of making a CNC router that I can use in woodworking. I am very happy if you can help me with the necessary parts for this

    Ok, sure. Let's get the discussion started. Please respond with your questions on this FAQ

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    Hi, I am thinking of making a CNC router that I can use in woodworking. I am very happy if you can help me with the necessary parts for this

  • Can your cnc's get within 1/10th of a human hair in accuracy while cutting?

    Dealing with a larger offset when cutting a larger object, try calibrating your machine accordingly (

    ) now you will have to do the last couple of steps a few times to get your machine as accurate as possible.
    Also if this does not correct your issue, try looking at the tightness of your x/y/z - axis chain, bearings, and also your sprocket/rod, the chain must be viewed as a bicycle chain if too tight it might snap when the machine moves but if to loose then it will be off. The rod is not totally flat where the set screws are suppose to hold down the rod, so sanding it to a flatter surface section might fix the offset.

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    Can your cnc's get within 1/10th of a human hair in accuracy while cutting?

  • will any of your software work with Windows 10

    Yes, all of the software we sell on this website will work on windows 10.

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    I have a usb controller with JP-3163B 3.9 V is it able to work with mach 4 and windows 10

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    will any of your software work with Windows 10

  • Where is the best place to see projects made with BuildYourCNC CNCs? I would like to get an idea of carving capabilities and cutting Baltic Birch plywood. Thanks.

    You can always come to our offices in Katy TX. If that is not an option, we can do cut in our shop and record video for you. Specify what you would like to cut and we can consider doing this for you.

    Thanks. I've reviewed the gallery and think my question comes down to this- Can I do hardwood carving like Mike M.'s guitar display cases and cut 3/4 inch baltic birch plywood with the same machine?

    Absolutely, the cutting and machining is more a function of how the machining operations are created and specified. Baltic birch is not a tough material and you will be able to cut very aggressively with any of our machine kits.

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    Where is the best place to see projects made with BuildYourCNC CNCs? I would like to get an idea of carving capabilities and cutting Baltic Birch plywood. Thanks.

  • I am wondering if there is a cnc wood lathe in the works?

    There can be. You can go to the R&D section and request that as a project for us to start. Vote for it. Votes will prioritize the list of projects and we spend all of our design time on the project at the top of the list.

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    I am wondering if there is a cnc wood lathe in the works?

  • I can't get any of the original build your cnc videos to load past step 5. Can anyone help please?

    Which machine has the issue with the videos?

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    I can't get any of the original build your cnc videos to load past step 5. Can anyone help please?

  • how much would your vertical laser kit cost without the wood components and door plastic shipped to Canada

    Good question. I will need to add up the cost. However, the complete kit with the wood components will cost in the range of $300 to $500 using freight.

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    I will add a price option on the Vertical Laser XL page that shows the assembly price without the wood structural parts. Are you wanting the rails included in the price?

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    Hi, I was expecting an email answer, I did not know that you answered. Also I am in Fiji, not Canada. There is a flaw with your question form, It would not accept Fiji because we have no postal codes, so I put in my old Canadian code so that it would accept my question.

    Yes we would need the rails and any mechanical and electrical components. Our plan is to build it against a wall in a shipping container.

    If you do not have a suitable freight forwarder I can ask at this end because people frequently receive shipping containers.

    Thank you,

    George

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    how much would your vertical laser kit cost without the wood components and door plastic shipped to Canada

  • Have you had any vibration induced tube failure with your hybrid cnc mill / co2 laser setup?

    We have not received any feedback on the Hybrid Laser/CNC indicating any issues with tube failure.

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    Have you had any vibration induced tube failure with your hybrid cnc mill / co2 laser setup?

  • Would any of your kits be appropriate for cutting brass type?

    Really, any of our CNC machines can cut brass.

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    Would any of your kits be appropriate for cutting brass type?

  • CNC Wood Lathe project - Would like to have the guts to a 2 axis DIY lathe. Can you let me know of a possible one stop shop solution? Would like it to be at least 40" on the X axis.

    There are many possible options for making a lathe. Typically, a lathe is run by a spindle at the head stock (which you can find here https://buildyourcnc.com/SpindlesAndAccessories.aspx) which will rotate the object rather than a fourth axis, however you will need to create or buy the clamp mechanism of a regular lathe to hold the object in place. You will be able to control the on/off either manually or via software, but the speed (RPM) will have to be controlled manually.
    You can create a more indexed alternative to a lathe by using our rotary axis at the head stock (found here https://buildyourcnc.com/item/axes-4th). either way, the tail stock center can be found here https://buildyourcnc.com/item/axes-4th. This will give you full control of the turning via software.

    You will want to use linear rails and their associated bearing blocks (found here https://buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-HIWIN-Linear-20mm and herehttps://buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-rails-linear-guide-rails-20mm) to run along the length of the item being turned and you will need linear rails to be run perpendicular (towards and away) to the object being turned that would hold either the blade (for a traditional lathe) or a spindle (for the indexed version containing the rotary axis).

    Where you have linear rail, you will also need lead screw (found here https://buildyourcnc.com/item/mechanical-leadscrews-lead-screw-!5-5-starts-10-tpi) to transmit motion using motors (and drivers) of your choice also with various options (found here https://buildyourcnc.com/category/nema and here https://buildyourcnc.com/category/driver). You will need 2 - Drivers (either 3.0A or 6.0A, the 6.0A driver will be for our larger motors hence you will have more torque available) and 2 - Motor's (either our Nema 24's or Nema 34's, the Nema 24 will work with our 3.0A driver while the Nema 34 will work the 6.0A)
    To control these motors, you will need a parallel breakout board and Mach 3 software to control the two axes (or three with the rotary axis) found here https://buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-parallel-breakout-relay and https://buildyourcnc.com/item/control-SOFTWARE-mach3.

    You will need couplings to couple the lead screws to the motor shafts (found here https://buildyourcnc.com/couplings.aspx). All of the miscellaneous hardware you need can also be found here https://buildyourcnc.com/Hardware.aspx.

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    CNC Wood Lathe project - Would like to have the guts to a 2 axis DIY lathe. Can you let me know of a possible one stop shop solution? Would like it to be at least 40" on the X axis.

  • Can the leangreen vertical laser be adapted to attach a spindle as well?

    At this current time we only have the laser hybrid available for the greenBull. Due to the weight that is on the z-axis for the greenLean and the spring load, we have not tried retrofitting it just yet.

    However, with enough skill and patience anything is possible. Please let us know if you try this and any lessons learned along the way.

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    Can the leangreen vertical laser be adapted to attach a spindle as well?

  • with a work area of 24"x20"on your Blacktooth lazer,How do I get a 4'x8' sheet down to that workable size?

    To allow a 4'x8' stock to be used by a blackTooth laser system, you will need to cut the large sheet with a standard woodworking tool such as a hand saw, circular saw, table saw, jig saw, etc. Alternatively, you can purchase our very affordable 4'x8' vertical laser systems that allows a 4'x8' sheet stock.

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    with a work area of 24"x20"on your Blacktooth lazer,How do I get a 4'x8' sheet down to that workable size?

  • looking at woodsmith CNC and wanted better understand how it is wired. is it possible to get better wiring diagrams or manuals?

    There is a wiring diagram in the instructions on the following page:
    https://www.buildyourcnc.com/item/electronicsAndMotors-electronic-component-breakout-Mach3-USB-Board

    In the instructions, you will find the wiring diagram and further instructions below that with greater detail on how to connect the various features of the Mach3 USB controller that is used in the Woodsmith article.

    Note in the wiring diagram that COM- is the DCM terminal and COM+ is the 24V terminal.

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    I built one of those and complained to Woodsmith about the wiring diagram. They said the vendor changed boards after the article went to press. Don't trust anything in their diagram. They even got the power supply wired wrong. I had to view the instructions from buildyourcnc to get things working. You will fry you drivers if you do anything that is referenced in the woodsmith article. While I did get it built and working, I had to make modifications on many of the dimensions to get it put together right. They make no mention of the tight tolerances required or how square and level everything must be. The beast works but the publication leaves you dangling when it comes to the important details after you get it built.

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    looking at woodsmith CNC and wanted better understand how it is wired. is it possible to get better wiring diagrams or manuals?

  • THE SEND MAIL IN CONTACT US PAGE OF BUILDYOURCNC.COM WEBSITE DOES NOT WORK. ALSO CALLED MAILTO:

    You will need to change the default attribute of the browser that you are using (i.e. Google Chrome, IE, Firefox).

    Instructions to change this default attribute:
    1. Click on the "start menu"
    2. Click on "control panel"
    3. Click on "programs"
    4. Click on "default programs"
    5. Click on "set you default programs"
    6. Select the browser that you would like to fix
    7. Click on "choose defaults for this program"
    8. Find where it says "mailto" and set that to the default that you desire.

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    THE SEND MAIL IN CONTACT US PAGE OF BUILDYOURCNC.COM WEBSITE DOES NOT WORK. ALSO CALLED MAILTO:

  • I would like to make a handheld remote for the USB CNC Board using a joystick instead of momentary switches. Could you suggest one that will work with your board.

    The USB interface only works with momentary switches unfortunately. If you have extensive knowledge of digital electronics, you can apply a receiver that uses a microcontroller and a transmitter with another microcontroller that produces the pulsing signal with the controls that you need.

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    I would like to make a handheld remote for the USB CNC Board using a joystick instead of momentary switches. Could you suggest one that will work with your board.