DIY CNC Router – Post 5: Electronics and Software

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series DIY CNC Machine

Just a brief one on what I am used to control my embryonic CNC  mill (at this dev stage anyway). It’ll put some context later posts. Arduino & CNC Shield I have a Protoneer CNC Shield (v3.00) mounted on an Arduino Uno. I am afraid to say that I think the […]


DIY CNC Router – Post 4: Spindle Power Wiring

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series DIY CNC Machine

The CNC spindle I ordered off AliExpress arrived. It is a little heavier and more industrial than I imagined. As seems to be my modus operandi, I did not really know what I had ordered until I got it home: A big motor. Turns out it’s a 3-phase induction motor. I’d read […]


DIY CNC Router – Post 3

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series DIY CNC Machine

My CNC spindle arrived from AliExpress, and I have had it going – but I’ll stick that in a future post (there have been some teething issues!). This weekend I got busy with the boring job of wiring. I decided to use old-school 9-pin serial leads and plugs for my […]


(Makeup) Table

We’ve had the table in the photo below for a while, so I’m just posting this to preserve, I suppose, the back-stories of a couple of (very ordinary) objects that have a couple of my (and I am sure others’) memories associated with them. It is used as a bedroom table […]


DIY CNC Router – Post 2. Hello AliExpress

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series DIY CNC Machine

I am building my own CNC router – post 1 is here. I am at the stage where I am about to get into building the z-axis (i.e. up and down) and looking at what tool is going on it.These two components bolt onto the four threaded studs I have […]


Old Trunk to Shelf Unit

So, I found an old trunk in a skip and sawed it in half. With the top half, I made a shoe cupboard – I described that in this post. But I was still stuck with the remaining bottom half. I really didn’t want to chuck it out, it seemed a […]


DIY CNC Router – Post 1

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series DIY CNC Machine

I thought I might make a CNC machine (about 3 years ago), but got side-tracked. I have recently had a renewed interest: I decided I would try and build it just from crap I had lying around in the garage. See if I could just hack together a CNC machine […]


Health and Safety: Wobbly Skip Conundrum

Intro and Context – a bit on Health and Safety I felt I ought to record this, just for posterity and get it off my chest. Yep. I am going to write about health and safety. Yawn! Note: I ummed-and-ahhed about scrubbing the following few paragraphs, worried that they might come […]


Flip-Flops and my Dzhanibekov problem

I walk the dog on the beach – I take my flip-flops off.  Why? Somewhat irrelevant to this post, but flip flops may be the best shoe-wear there is (I mean, even Jesus wore them, right? And walked on water in them) but flips-flops do have Achilles heel(s?): Walking on dry […]