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Old 01-28-2019, 12:11 PM
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Awesome. I think I'll shoot for the 4'x8' and try to make it fit and work for my budget.

As for software to use. I've been looking pretty deeply at Fusion 360 as an option. It appears to be a great piece of software for design and in particular doing a fair number of highly intricate items I want to do on the 4th rotational axis that I think will be great for generating some money in my area (pelican statue holding a cheeky sign kinda stuff). Additionally, I think it would be great for like mermaids or whatever at the bow of the boat.

Does anybody use Fusion 360 for their projects? Things I would be interested in are how easy is it to modify a file to add things like dovetail joints or create cabinet like pieces of furniture?

I would suspect that most of the work I will do is intricate inlays for surfboards, stand up paddle boards and various small wooden boats as well as very intricate 3d carvings and finishings.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:27 PM
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I'm not sure. I'm getting half of the garage to be my shop (other half belongs to wife).

I probably need additional tools; but not sure what all I'll need yet. I've got a few additional basic tools and hand tools currently.

It might be good to see what tools folks are using that really improve their productivity. Particularly for sanding and inlays. I would like to inlay a logo on all things I make.
You might want to sketch out your shop space and the footprint of all machines/benches/etc. I find Sketchup good for this, but a dimensionally accurate paper sketch is good.

A 4x4 Stinger II takes up about 5x6 (6x6 with rotary) without any people space. And... something I learned along the way is the massive footprint needed for tiling. If you want to do 4x8 work on a 4x4 machine you use 'tiling' -- do the 1st half of a 4x8 sheet, slide it 4' and do the other half. This requires 12 feet. So... 8x13 is probably a good minimum space requirement for a 4x4 machine.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:47 PM
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Remember the rule "Buy your second machine first" I am a commercial cabinetmaker so I have a 5 x 8 ATC Cobra 2012.

An ATC will make Jobs easier and make a machine hold better resell if you trade up, A vac system is a must have on any machine of a larger table size
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:01 PM
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Daenerys Figure head I carved for Mine, gonna finish and install soon !
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Old 01-28-2019, 08:12 PM
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:37 AM
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That figure head is really cool.
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Old 01-29-2019, 04:00 PM
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Nice stuff Mr. McGrew. I see you cheat when the wind is not blowing. You need to paint that Yamaha green. ;)

As for buying a bigger better machine the first time, I second that to the n^th degree. I started out my cnc life for the first 2 1/2 years with a 4x8' manual toolchange machine without a vacuum table. It did all I wanted it to do in the beginning, and then I outgrew it and it was too slow and too small. The extra cost of the ATC is very hard to swallow for newbies and even some non-newbies, but if you're planning on making money with your machine, be it full-time or part-time, it is worth it in the shortrun and longrun.

In my several years in the CNC world, I've never heard anyone say "I wish I would've gotten a smaller machine."

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