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.
What is DIY Smart Saw?
DIY Smart Saw is a downloadable eBook and a video guide that will help you make the controlled by your PC CNC router on your own with the tools you probably already have or can get easily.
The instructions are designed to be used by the average do-it-yourselfer and the result is that you will have a saw that will give you a resolution of one thousandth of an inch (0.001) per step in every axis.
The Smart Saw will give you all the information you need to build this CNC machine from scratch. The manual will guide you through the assembly process and assist you in building a complete system. You’ll get also comprehensive operator’s manual that will guide you through the use of your machine.
Possibilities and limitations
The advantage of the Smart Saw is that it was created to be hugely versatile, and altered by the user. If you take a look at the website, you will see many photos and videos that will give you ideas of how you can use a DIY Smart Saw to add to your creativity and functional use.
It is possible to adapt the Smart Saw to address larger format materials and needs. Take a look at your project and decide what end mills you need. The operational head unit can be changed out to allow for PCB milling, laser etching, and even 3D printing. There are many options for adjusting the versatility of this tool: alterations of the spindle for different levels of work, coolant irrigation, and adding a vacuum for removal of debris, along with other endless options.
The workspace limit to the size of material object it can work defined by the design of the system is 135mm (5 5/16”) tall, 385mm (1 foot 3 5/32”) wide, and 372mm (1ft 2 41/64”) long. It is possible to modify the workspace within the design, and to expand the workspace through changing the Smart Saw chassis dimensions. You’ll can find instrucitons on this in the modifications section of the manual.
What You Get
When you buy the DIY Smart Saw eBook you will get the following:
- Main 176-page PDF manual complete with tips, warnings, plans and illustrations. You will get a complete list of tools and materials needed for the entire project, with information on how to make them fit together easily and which are preferable to use. There is a ‘troubleshooting’ section. (for the preview check the screenshot below)
- Video to help you in the process, made to compliment the manual.
- 101 CNC woodworking which is a short video guide to give you many designs and ideas of how you can use your Smart Saw.
- 24/7 customer service
Take a sneak peek into the content of the manual
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 the author share more details as well as some of his works: