I haven't seen anyone try this before, so I'm not sure how well it will work or if it will affect the CNC machine at all. The work surface is 48" x 48" and it measures 36" tall. I know I will be modifying the work table as I run into things that I didn't think about ahead of time. Below is a list of things that I expect to work on:
- I need to find a way to secure the front two legs so they will not fold up accidentally. I may just use two temporary screws to hold them in place, and just remove them to fold up the table.
- The X-Carve has some external components that drive the machine. I will need to find a way to mount these that will allow the table to fold up.
- When the motors are not engaged, the gantry will slide freely. I will need to remember to push it to the back of the table before folding it up to avoid a crash. I plan to add some supports that will hold the gantry up so it does not sag or bend when the machine is on its side.
- It's important that a CNC machine is on a solid, flat surface in order to cut accurately. I was careful to use the straightest materials for the table top. It is flat, but I may need to upgrade the 1/4" plywood with something sturdier if it flexes too much.
If you would like to build one of these fold-up work tables, click here to download my PDF diagram and cut list. It is a fun project and since it's made mostly from 2x4's, it is budget friendly. I really like how it saves space, plus it's free-standing so I can move it if I need to.
Just as I finished building the work table, the X-Carve arrived! I'm so excited! I will set up the machine and attach it to the work table, then post a follow-up to show you how it is working out.