Putting The X-Carve Back to work!

this is the only 3d model that I could find and its the 500 mm one I believe

If this link works, look under step files. There is a 1000mm model there.




lol thanks man I think that will work

heck I even called inventables and they don’t know about this 3d model they said one for 1000mm x-carve didnt exist

Get it while it lasts! :smiley:



You may want to check following link. All other peoples work spaces might give you some ideas to make it usable.
Included mine at page 403.

So here I believe is the final version

I added some alignment tabs for the X-carve and a channel around the perimeter for a cover that I might build later on


My cart is similar with the middle post. I ended up putting a piece of MDF across the middle to separate it into “front and back”. The back is open, with vacuum and storage, while the front has some drawers and a little more storage.

I put 5 swivel casters on it, one in the middle directly under the post. If I do it right and don’t have big chunks of scrap under the table, I can swivel it around on the middle caster with just one hand. :smile:

Starting the build I got a little bit accomplished today

I pre cut all the pieces on the Cnc it took 2 sheets of .75" mdf and two sheets of .5" mdf

I love being able to mark out all the screw holes with the Cnc there is no measuring required just put the screw in!!!

Here is the pocket and dado combo I decided to design for this project lol try to do that quickly with a hand router!!..not a chance lol

Base and legs are in place and good to go (don’t ask about the Styrofoam and cardboard boxes cause I don’t know either lol)

The bottom piece on the machine just after getting cut. I actually build the 2x4 base and then placed the mdf on top and finished machining…I really love having a 4x8 machine

Here is the finished pocket and I don’t think that I could of gotten it any closer. Keep in mind the mdf was machined and then the 2x4 base was built and then screwed together and then the pocket in the 2x4 was made lol

I have also been experimenting with climb versus conventional milling and actually I machined it like I was machining aluminum…wells sorta…I roughed in climb milling and then finished the last .040" conventional milling and I think that it turned out really good


Getting ready to mill out the bottom of the top today


hmmmmm I hit a screw lol

dang it

I forgot to model the pocket screws into the model and they are right in the way!!

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here is an little update on this thread you can find most of the info on this thread

But here are some pics

Well this is a problem lol

from the top of the table I only have 23" before I hit the roof above my machine (represented by the grey bars)

and currently the lid only opens 12 degrees

anyone have any ideas on how to fix this problem so I have full access to the machine

actually this is a better representation I can go 17 degrees still not enough though

actually here is the max travel

You could add a hinge to the middle of the top of the lid and maybe if you still hit the roof add a hinge to the front flap so that it folds in when up.

Otherwise you could just remove the back hinge and take the lid off and hang it by the front flap on the table.

I like your idea I have started to modify the design a little bit

one of my major concerns is what to do about a laser shielding material

in the model you can see it by the brown colored material but I am not sure what to do because that crap is super expensive it would probably cost 1000.00 or more to cover the door with that material anyone know of a cheaper option?

Why worry about the laser shield? most guys with the Jtec use them open frame no enclosure I would suspect if you were rolling a 35 watt laser with mirrors and stuff you may want to be that cautious but overall laser reflection on a 3.8 is not gonna be as big of a deal perhaps some regular acrylic with limo tent facing the laser? Or smoked acrylic/Lexan.


yeah you maybe right I just figured that I needed proper laser sheilding so I could check on my work without wearing my glasses all the time

and the main reason that I need an encloser is that I want to be able to run my other CNC Machines at the same time as the laser. and I am worried about cutting for example mdf and the dust igniting because of the laser