CNC-cut table for LowRider v3 (parameterized, for cutting full sheets+)

Sorry for confusion on that. The situation with fusion 360 and parameters is that it needs a unit specified. So the thickness in that case was 23/32, and in order to get a unit on that I put it in parentheses and then multiplied that times 1”. So you need to express the thickness in a way they can have a unit applied. If you have measured with your calipers in millimeters, then maybe you could run a conversion from millimeters to inches and specify that, but make sure you put the inches for units.

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Awwyeah, that worked!!

If at any point I start becoming a nuisance just tell me.

  1. Should the final waste board height be slighly higher that the riding surface?


  1. Before I go to far, would you be friendly to the idea of sharing the version that uses the Unistrut drive surfaces?
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In the normal set up, the top of the spoil board is the exact same height as the riding strips that the LowRider is riding on.

My designs have the spoil board slightly higher so that if I surface the spoil board several times, as it gets thinner it approaches the normal, one to one congruence between the spoil board and the riding plate.

Regarding the other table design that is set up for metal struts, I shared that on my website. The website also has some documentation that may be helpful. If you go to the website and you are on the newer of two pages, there is a link at the top of the newer page that links back to the older page. The design you’re looking for may be on the older page with the documentation. I am on my phone and away from home right now, but if I can locate a link, I will post it.

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Here’s a link to the newer of two pages on my website. At the top of the page is a link to the older page that has documentation. There may be a metal strut design on both of the pages or only on one. It’s been a while since I did this and it’s not all sharp in my memory right now. Hopefully this link helps though.

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That makes sense about the spoil board height. I will post pictures of my progress and finished table. It’ll probably take 2 months to finish. I am going to try ‘tiling’ on my MPCNC Primo to produce the parts. If I start banging my head against the wall I’ll switch to the ‘bootstrapping’ it a temporary surface.

BTW I watched some of your videos on the table construction and I admire the fact that you still use a corded drill. It seems there’s this idea that corded tools have become obsolete, which is ridiculous.

Thanks again Doug!

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Hi Doug, I found the zip archive for the strut version on the older page as you said. I was able to change the parameters for all plywood parts to now be 0.73". For some reason there was a shift on the rails to the spars that created overlap. I was able to repair that with a ‘conincident’ constraint, which made me feel like ‘hey, I can do this Fusion thing!’

Then I set to adjusting the Unistrut dimension to 1.75" square stainless steel tubing (I was mistaken in my earlier post when I said it was 1.5"). I was able to adjust the parameter and the Unistrut profile sketch but I could not figure out how to move the minor spar and the new 1.75" steel riding surface, which then made me feel like ‘hey, I’m way out of my depth with this Fusion thing!’.

Anyway, I cheated and exported the DXF and made the last of the adjustments in Inkscape. Through the whole process I somehow lost .125" from the stock rib length of 58.25". I massaged it a bit and did a layover of your stock DXF to my modified DXF and I’m confident it’ll work.

Quick woodworking question for you though. If I remember correctly you used a 2 flute 1/4" endmill to cut your MDF parts, which must leave a 1/8" radius on the inside corners. Do you jigsaw them out or knock the hard mating corners off with a sander or roundover bit on a router. It seems to me that easing the hard mating corners would be easier than jigsawing.

As always much thanks!!

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There is a feature in ESTLcam called “Overcut” or “Corner Overcut” and that everyone usually calls by a nickname of “Dogbones” — and this feature will eliminate any inside corner issues with bit radius. Here is a screen shot of a cut, shown selected, and the inside corners prep’d for overcuts, and the GUI interface button for overcuts shown highlighted and its popup explainer:

Happy to help!

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I cannot find the download for the full size table with metal struts, all the downloads available say wood side rails. The closest I got was the web only preview of the metal strut table.

Currently making designs in sketchup for a low cost 3 machine micro factory and am hoping to import or rebuild your table plans in sketchup to modify.

Does this post from a week ago help? The link at the top of that webpage leads to an older web page that has the table design for metal rails.

The table design for metal rails was done in Fusion 360. From there is could exported for SketchUp format!

Yes. Measure the MDF with calipers to make sure its actual thickness! And print tests until you know the cross lap joints are working like you want them to. You can take part of the design in Inkscape to make the test. Just two squares, each with a notch for the joint.<

How do I do this? I am finding Inkscape very frustrating.

Sorry for the frustration with Inkscape. May be doable to create tests with ESTLcam (are there primitive drawing tools in it?) If I could find time I could add a sketch for tests to all the various files of the different size tables. In CorelDraw, one could simply import the rib (or spar) and draw a rectangle around the part with the notch, and highlight the rectangle and click the shaping tool option to “intersect with” and tap on the rib. This would give a part that could be cut twice, and then use the two to attach to each other and test the cross-lap joint tightness.