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Thanks Pro4824. All I can take credit for is the base and the jig though. This comet is a bit of a test to see if a version of my jig can work for both flat work as well as vertical/angled work. I spent an hour or so yesterday working to get the jig level to the horizontal cutting plane. In the up position two supports slide in to hold the outboard end fixed in place and level with the front of the clamping plate. After we use this jig for awhile and I get some feedback from everyone who uses it I'll make a revised version that fixes any flaws that only using it would reveal. I already have a short list of changes to make. The bed has a 3" x 3" grid of threaded inserts in it for 1/4-20 bolts, and rectangular holes to pass clamps through.

The base stretchers have the trusswork cutouts in them to permit reaching through them more easily. A Nebula in the same room has a similar base but with solid stretchers and has aggravated me more than once when I've dropped a bit or router wrench and not been able to reach through them to easily pick the thing up.

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To all that replied, thank you. I listened to the advice and was able to purchase an upgrade from the starter machines but not quite a pro system. Yesterday I bought a NWA Shark Pro Plus HD CNC Router from craigslist.org. The item was listed in the Dallas area which is about 3 hours away. I had put an ad on craigslist in Houston and Dallas for a "Wanted CNC Router" as well as Nacagodoches (my local) craigslist. I got no bites at all for the Wanted so luckily my luck held out and I was able to snag the Shark for $2000.00 with a 2.25HP Bosch Router.

I was lamenting about buying a kit or getting a ready built. The kit did not bother me but I really just want to use the machine not tinker around with one. I also did not want to spend $5000.00 + for my personal use. I think I have made a good compromise between entry level and pro level machine. The shark has linear bearings and ball screw drives. I did order a touch plate and a gantry upgrade kit from NWA today. I also ordered the Frued 6 piece CNC Router bit set from Amazon last night. So hopefully by next week I will be making something.

FYI the software choices are very confusing. I have downloaded Fusion 360 desktop and will try to license that for "Hobbist" for free. I did get the current version of Vcarve trial but I do not want to pay $350.00 if the Fusion 360 will work for free. Since I do not know either software whichever one I use will be my learning curve and there seems to be a tremendous amount of free or low cost files available I will not need to make too much from scratch.

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If you have trouble figuring out Fusion 360, you might want to have a look at the tutorial videos provided free for VCarve from Vectric.com. I have an early CNC Shark from NWA and it came with an earlier version of Vcarve Pro. I find the current software layout, job setup, drawing features, and toolpath options very logical and thorough. It includes post processors for the Sharks and nearly every other CNC out there. You should verify if Fusion 360 has one for the CNC Sharks.

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Congrats on picking up a cnc machine.

Being able to make whatever patterns you need really makes the cnc machine a wonderful addition to your wood shop. Good luck. It is a ton of fun making custom patterns. It can get addicting. I find making the patterns almost as much fun as carving them into my projects.
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Congrats on picking up a cnc machine.

Being able to make whatever patterns you need really makes the cnc machine a wonderful addition to your wood shop. Good luck. It is a ton of fun making custom patterns. It can get addicting. I find making the patterns almost as much fun as carving them into my projects.
No........ making files is not as much fun as cutting. Finishing sucks too. Nothing beats actual cutting. lol

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Yesterday I bought a NWA Shark Pro Plus HD CNC Router from craigslist.org. The item was listed in the Dallas area which is about 3 hours away. I had put an ad on craigslist in Houston and Dallas for a "Wanted CNC Router" as well as Nacagodoches (my local) craigslist. I got no bites at all for the Wanted so luckily my luck held out and I was able to snag the Shark for $2000.00 with a 2.25HP Bosch Router.

The shark has linear bearings and ball screw drives. I did order a touch plate and a gantry upgrade kit from NWA today.
All the sharks have lead screws. You say you bought the gantry upgrade kit for the Shark Pro Plus HD you just bought, does the CNC have a blue T-track bed? If it is the blue bed I'll send you a PDF of all the upgrades I did to mine to get some of the looseness out of it.

It would have come with V-Carve Pro if it is an HD1. Did he keep his license to the design software or did the subject of the software come up? If he did not say he was keeping the software I would check with him and see if it was an oversite. The license can be transferred for $50 if you get the software.

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lol. I did say almost. There is very little that beats wood working and the warm feel of lumber as you shape it into something beautiful...

But advanced 3d modeling and digital sculpting is a lot of fun once you get passed a very steep learning curve if you don't have a cam/cad 3d background. I had zero background in any of those areas when I started. It's taken me 6 years to progress to where I am at skill-wise and still only very much a beginner. I build these as 3d STL objects which can then be ported into different cnc software.

Here are some examples of some of my patterns I've made. They were fun to build.
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Here are some patterns to start your cnc pattern collection.
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How did you get a pic of Stick??
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