The more I use my LowRider 3, the more I love it. But also the more I hate my extraordinarily not-flat table.
Ryan, please share that design file for the CNC table you teased us with!
PS: many cut jobs later, my modification for hiding the long belt on the near side inside the metal strut is still working fabulously and I am over the moon thrilled with it!
Just finished cutting a batch of eight game board blanks, 20“ x 20“ squares with rounded corners cut from a single 4‘ x 8‘ sheet of quarter inch thick plywood made from southern yellow pine. These are being laser engraved to turn them into Hnefatafl game boards. It’s also known as Viking chess. I have created the most impressive, most gorgeous, handsomest game board design in the history of Hnefatafl.
I would be very excited to have access to a plan like this. The single factor that has limited me in using my LR2 has been my table. All the electronics, software setup, CAD/CAM etc presented no problem for me. But I’m not a woodworker and lacked many tools when I built my table. I think it comes down to a quality issue. My table got built but the fine accuracy of the table has a huge effect on the output of the CNC. If you want accurate results you have to be a better than average woodworker.
I think a lot of us are in the same boat. I also believe that drives a lot of the traditional woodworkers into the “cnc isn’t woodworking” camp…the understanding that a lot of us just haven’t spent years or even decades honing our skills and collecting tools. It’s great for them, but the rest of us just need to use the skills we DO have (building machines, or even designing them) to the standard that can compensate for our deficiencies.
Long way of saying you have plenty of company here!
Metal everything metal lol
I too am currently struggling with table ideas.
Stand like a moron in my garage trying to figure out. What can I do with all these existing tables and where can I put stuff. I was very close to just doing a in the garage floor mount or in car port.
That table is not functional in any way. It is just an interference extruded sketch. One step above a napkin.
I do want to take it further but I am still pretty occupied trying to get ready for RMRRF, machines to bring, what they will do and how to get them back. Stock up and get in all inventory before I leave and have enough on hand so I do not sell out while I am gone.
Man, we wanna see a V1Engineering Lowrider Table for sure, but get your stuff done first by all means. I can’t imagine the level of stress on you already with the planning for RMRRF and all, while running an inventory based business on top of everything. A table can wait, but you out there broadening the V1 Brand, and equipment, is definitely something beneficial on a much larger scale for you, V1, and also benefits us as users as well. So yea, we’ll be here when ya get back, and when you’re able, we’ll get a table!
The table was the hardest part for me as well honestly. I ended up buying some of those 2x4 shop table hard plastic legs and made mine from. It’s surprisingly flat and ‘true’ considering. But Ryan’s table idea definitely has my mouth watering as that would definitely be something to tie the entire machine together!
I had started working on a design simular to @Mcunn 's portable setup, but never got anywhere with it. It’s still just a sketchup model sitting on my desktop. Turns out it was very simular to Ryan’s idea as well, but I’m definitely no engineer so maybe it would stand? Maybe it would collapse! haha
I get that it’s basically a glorified napkin sketch at this point, but wow, what a napkin sketch! It gets the width and length needed for the machinery to address every square inch of a full sheet, without requiring any sheet good content larger than a full sheet in the making of it. Opens up all kinds of possibilities, including being able to make a more flat, more rigid table by temporary use of a less flat, less rigid table. This reminds me of the concept of a new LowRider with a temporary strut cutting longer full struts for completing the LowRider. This is kind of the table equivalent of that. Given that many who are new to this… struggle greatly with getting the table built, having a design that could be cut on a makeshift table to make a nice table would be a huge step forward for this V1E maker community!