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Step 30: Router Mount Part 1
Router inside of the CNC machine's router mount
This tutorial is dated, if you are considering a CNC for your personal use, we would highly recommend purchasing a kit that is very stable from our wide range of machines available. The first of the videos for the router mount is finally edited and ready to post. The z-axis bearing supports were made in the current shape to be able to hold the router with a piece of stock in-between containing a hole for the router. This hole will need the ability to tighten against the router for stability and leveling. For my machine, I'm making one mount. This router mount will be positioned around the upper part of the router housing. Later, I will be installing a vacuum connection which will also serve as increased support for the router.

You are saying to yourself, what about my router and what if it's a different size. The method I chose will work for various router sizes. First, I measure the perimeter of the router housing. I use this number to find the radius of this perimeter. Remember in geometry and algebra class, there is this formula: perimeter = 2 (pi) (radius). With a little algebra, you can find the radius by dividing 2(pi) on both side of the equation to yield: radius = perimeter / ( 2 (pi) ). So now the radius is known, why the heck do we need it? You need to draw that circle on a piece of MDF stock to guide the cutting. Remember, we don't have a CNC machine to cut this hole for us. That would be sweet, though, wouldn't it? In time... in time.

Today, I was thinking how cool it would be to continue the tutorial where I explain how to design and cut out the parts for this machine, but better. This way, a real application of the machine can be demonstrated, and I explain the software side of things more effectively.

Someone made an interesting comment on Metacafe on the previous video (Step 29). You may have noticed that my son crawled around the machine while it was running... The commenter said that he was confused as to the application but he realized that I made a machine that produces babies. I was very amused by the comment. The machine can very well produce children of its own, they just may not be as attractive.

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