Best homemade tool that I have built 2 of is the DYI Mechmate.
It is a CNC Router than can cut wood, aluminum, acrylic.....if you can draw it, it can make it.
This was the first one I built that could fit a 4x8' sheet of plywood:
Quoted from marlboroa:
What does something like that cost?
About $4,000 to build.
If you already have a computer, subtract $400.
If you want to use a wood router, rather than a spindle subtract $300.
If you have a bunch of steel you can take from the scrap bins at work, subtract $1100.
Quoted from mhkohne:
connected by some threaded inserts and a bit of threaded rod.
For the non wood workers among us:
Quoted from Lonzo:
Ive used those hard HF wheels. Do they not mark up your hardwood floor?
I use the black rubber HF swivel wheels under my 300lb+ house plants and stereo rack
They have been in use for a decade, with no ill effects
(disclaimer: My floors are real wood with oil based poly topcoat. Never tried plastic Pergo floors - be careful)
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