There is one piece of equipment that allows anyone to design and build beautiful pieces of woodwork, with intricate precision, and surprising ease. That piece of equipment is the CNC Router. ‘DIY Smart Saw‘ is a step-by-step manual that allows almost anyone to build their own CNC wood carving machine at home. But isn’t that difficult? Why would you want to do that? Well, let’s find out.
What Is A CNC Router
A computer numerically controlled (CNC) router is a machine that performs a very similar task to a manually operated router – with one key difference, it can be programmed.
CNC Routers give woodworkers the ability to design objects or components with easy to use software and have them made almost magically in front of their eyes with the click of a button. They work on all three axises at the same time (in perfect harmony) which enables them to create 3d designs, and delicate patterns with stunning depth.
They are incredibly accurate (much better than anyone could do by hand) and they allow precision cuts to be made which are precise down to the millimeter. As you can imagine this opens up a whole world of creative possibilities.
Why Should You Build Your Own CNC Router?
You may be wondering why everyone does not have one of these seemingly miraculous machines in their lives. There is a very simple answer…They are very expensive.
It is not uncommon to find CNC machines for sale at around the $1000 mark, some of the higher quality models can sell for tens of thousands of dollars. While these pre-made routers are usually mostly assembled, they are not exactly “plug and play”. If you are going to spend an hour or so assembling a “pre-made” router, why not spend a little more time building your own? Thanks to this guide, it’s not as difficult as you might think.
20 years ago, CNC machines were at the cutting edge of technology, and it would have been unthinkable for someone to make their own at home. However, with technological advances over the years, much of the intricate tricky technology (that would have made it previously difficult) is all now easily purchasable over the counter, for a very low price.
In fact, the total cost of materials to build your own router is around $150. That’s quite a saving, i’m sure you will agree.
Building your own 3d wood carving machine is not just a good idea because of the financial benefits, it is also an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience.
How Does DIY Smart Saw Work?
‘DIY smart saw’ was designed by Alex Grayson, an experienced engineer with a long track record in the automotive and woodworking industries. He saw the huge demand for CNC routers, but he also saw the pricing issue – so he set about making a guide to allow anyone to construct their own.
The guide is in the form of video lessons, and a guide book that can be referred back to easily. The step by step nature of the guide makes it incredibly easy to follow and proceeds at a steady pace without leaving out any important detail. Thanks to the rigorous testing of the course, all eventualities have seemingly been prepared for – and it is incredibly rare to get “stuck” on a step.
The reasonably smooth learning curve is sure to teach you something new and the course is very accessible regardless of your experience. By building the router yourself you fully understand how it operates, and you begin to see all kinds of potential design possibilities you may otherwise have been oblivious to.
Simply put – If you are the kind of person that would use a CNC router, you are probably the kind of person that could make one – it really Is surprisingly easy.
The guide costs $39 and comes with a 60 day, no questions asked, money back guarantee. If you think it’s too difficult, simply return it.
Click here to watch there an introduction video in which Alex share more details as well as some of his works: