I have created a "poor man's" "CNC" type machine.
I create small batches of fishing lures and I was looking for a way to create precision and repeatability when making these lures.
I started years ago just making them on a traditional lathe with lathe tools, one by one.
I have "advanced" my production to where, after watching some interesting videos on the interweb, I have attached a Ryobi router with a top bearing bit to run along a Lexan template. I slowly run the router back and forth taking about a .25" of material off the 2" x 6" square, wood stock. I slowly come up on the template to finalize the shape.
The router bit is a .5" top bearing, straight cut bit.
The wooden jg sits on the router and is lined up with witness block and secured in place with clamps.
I put a drinking straw in the lathe on the centers and use a right angle square to line up the template.
I use a second set of clamps to hold the Lexan template in place.
The router bit runs on the downstroke/side of the workpiece, while the lathe spins @ 800RPMs.
For the third prototype, it works very well.
I would love to make it from metal and make it a precision, adjustable jig.
Which brings me to this forum.
Here are a few pics so you get the idea.
So my questions are:
Could I adapt an X-Carve to my concept in place of my wooden, manually operated, template following device?
What about stopping the lathe (spinning component) and adapt a stepper motor to that and be able to create a more dynamic design?
Thank you all in advacne for you help and patience.
I am sure i will have more questions.
I am very excited about advancing my designs!!