New "Y" Maker Slide End Plates

Hi Jeff, thanks for posting this … you have given me the solution to a big problem. I have a soundproof booth to house an x-carve so I can work at home … Problem is it is only 58cm x 84cm so the only way to fit it is side ways into the booth.

With your solution I can see that with some customization I can have it in the booth sideways but still have a 70-80cm board :smiley: I only need to work on the ends of the board, but the board needs to be 70-80cm.

Thanks again for sharing this great solution :grinning:

Your Dewalt looks like Caterpillar Heavy Construction Truck on that little frame.
But one thing sure, there is also benefits on small machine. You have more stable machine. Honestly, my machine never seen 30" X 30" work yet. Biggest work I’ve done is 20X24" .

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Sounds like this mod will work for you too. Glad it helps with your problem. I am very happy with it. :smiley:


I learned about go big or go home from my first machine, a piranha. With it’s puny 10 x 13 work area, I exceeded the needed really quick.
I went 1000 mm from the get go.

I may apply your riser mod for a different reason though. I cut a 800 x 800 mm pocket into my waste board to receive a secondary, sacrificial waste board. and lost a bit of z in the process, this would be a way to recover it.


Since you’ve already proven that you’re no slouch carving stuff with your XC500, maybe you should contact Inventables to see if they’d be interested in subsidizing an upgrade to 1000mm. You’ve already done the difficult/expensive part and you’ve obviously got it dialed in. How much would it take to get a few MakerSlides? If you documented the upgrade/build, that would be invaluable to Inventables.

I’m with you. personally I think 500x1000 is about the perfect size. I wish that would have been an option day-one.


I did something pretty similar. I wanted to give my xcarve a lift so I cut some extended aluminum end plates. Here she is torn down, test fitting the new endplates.

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I gained ~50mm in Z height which was great, but I think I might have over done it since its actually possible now to run the z spindle mount off the rail if I go to deep.

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nice mod!

I also raised my long rails 50mm.

Ariel, WA

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Those look nice. Aluminum?

Yes 1/4" 6061 t6

The more tormachs I see the closer and closer I get to just dropping the dough on a 440 :wrench:

If you can pull it off you won’t look back once it is in the shop and running.

Ariel, WA

Actually it won’t cost me anything to up grade with the new maker slides and other stuff required for the build. Thanks to winning the Halloween carve contest, I’m going to use my certificate to purchase what I need. But yeah, free would be good too.

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The DXF file for Dave’s endplates is somewhere on the forums here… I made a set for myself too :wink:

Hi Eric,

I would like to have a setup like what you have in the picture with the extended end plates and aluminum bed. I have a 500mm x 500m that just came in recently.

How did you go about making the bed for your X-Carve? What are the dimensions and all.


The bed is just some Misumi extrusions I bought, each 250mm x 500mm. Same as the ones in this thread:

I had to drill some holes in my 20x20 extrusion to let some bolts through, that secure to T-nuts in the slots under the bed.

Wasn’t sure. Thanks for the verification.

Would it be ok to have the new plates cut in steel of the same thickness that the original plates are? Which are around 2.75mm or .109" thick.

I was thinking about 3mm since I can get that here.