I figured it was time I shared a project. This is a new “gantry” (or at least most of the top piece) to sit perpindicularly over the top of my workbench, on its own legs (to allow me to work with sheets on the bench without banging in to my tools and accessories…
I’m about 2.5h in to a two-day, two part tile-job of the top which is almost 5’ in length. This cut will get about 80% of it done then, due to being cheap and not having a ready supplier of baltic birch, I will cut the end piece out of what is left of this stock and biscuit it together.
Here is a photo of the Longmill doing part two of a 1600mm deep job. I was sure I messed up either the pin alignment of the 3/8" dowels I used (over cut the holes) or that I caused an issue with messing up XYZ as I had a bit of a machine crash during the first cutting run. But I managed to salvage it and damned if the joining areas aren’t perfect! The nicks that are present aren’t caused by the two joins meeting but by some of the shenanigans when a bit slipped last night during a tool path that was initiallly too deep. So far I’d say the match up is damn near perfect.
I used Sketchup for the concept drawings and initial measurements and then recreated the 2D drawings in Fusion 360 and using the Fusion 360 stock contours feature to prepare the various parts of the job. I kept notes and will try and write it up if anyone is interested. It was daunting at first but as the concepts sunk in it became quite logical, with just a few gotchas to watch for.
Love my Longmill. So much potential in such an accessible machine. I never thought I’d be doing 100 inches per minute (2540 mm/s) cuts in baltic birch in my garage. You guys rock!