I’ve been in love with CNC routers ever since I first heard about them over 10 years ago now. I’m generally fairly impulsive, but for some reason this time I waited, and waited, and waited.
Over the years I bought a “how to build your own CNC” book, I’ve read countless web pages, and almost bought an X-carve from inventables last year. But as the years went by my interest turned from hobby to business, and so my needs changed. I have very little free time, and I can’t justify spending work hours to build a machine when I need to be making things to make money. I know you can argue that building this machine would help me make money later on, but I’m not convinced the savings would work out in the end. Another issue is I’m pretty impatient, and I might not follow every step, or complete each operation, and chances are the machine might not be perfect, and that will lead to less than perfect cutting, which will drive me crazy. The Inventables option seemed better, but not so sure if it would put up with commercial work.
So last week I figured I had enough money in the business account, and there was an ok deal on a CNC. After several days of emails I had just about bought the machine but started to get a funny feeling from the private seller, and was getting frustrated with his communications, so called it off. The next day I found another machine, slightly different size, slightly more money, but still a decent deal. Then today looking at old Kijiji listings, I saw a CNC for sale but I was sure it was long gone. I contacted the owner in the off chance it was still for sale, and it was! The price was better than the other two machines, and while a bit further from me, I agreed to purchase it.
Due to the distance from me, it’d take me 2 days to go there and back to get it, plus cost me a rental van, gas, food, accommodation, etc. So I hired a shipping company, that way it gets to my door and I can spend those days catching up on projects that have fallen behind a bit lately. We’ve had so much snow this week that I’ve spent more time shovelling that woodworking it seems.
Hopefully I’ll have the machine by the end of next week, then I have to figure out how to use it!