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Guys ,if a wood base was used in a climate controlled shop (not mine obviously) ,
would it expand and contract enough to cause issues if it were used as a base for a cnc router table?
Obviously you want to maintain everything perfectly level when a cnc router table has been secured to its base , which made me wonder if wood would cause issues .
But if I was to buy a Pro cncrouterparts machine , Iíd much prefer to build my own base , as it would be much heavier and sturdier than what they have to offer

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Are you talking about the stand, Rick? Ours is wood and in a climate controlled shop - no issues whatsoever.

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Generally, it shouldn't be a problem.
Wood moves very little along it's length (almost zero). Make sure it's sealed and painted well, and you shouldn't have any issues at all.
My router is almost 15 years old, and made entirely of wood, and is the same today as when I built it. It's in my garage, which gets down to freezing in the winter, and over 90F in the summer. I do heat it in the winter when I'll be working out there, but I don't keep it heated.

I'm building a new 4x8 machine which also will be almost entirely made of wood. I expect it to be as good or better than a CNCRP machine, with better performance.

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Generally, it shouldn't be a problem.
Wood moves very little along it's length (almost zero). Make sure it's sealed and painted well, and you shouldn't have any issues at all.
My router is almost 15 years old, and made entirely of wood, and is the same today as when I built it. It's in my garage, which gets down to freezing in the winter, and over 90F in the summer. I do heat it in the winter when I'll be working out there, but I don't keep it heated.

I'm building a new 4x8 machine which also will be almost entirely made of wood. I expect it to be as good or better than a CNCRP machine, with better performance.
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Bring up the thread that 4D did when he built his stand. Simple, strong, practical, and cheap.
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You can review the stand I built here - https://www.routerforums.com/cnc-rou...-router-2.html

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You can review the stand I built here - https://www.routerforums.com/cnc-rou...-router-2.html

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Forgot about that one . You did one heck of a job, and I would most likely copy the design .
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I may not have worry about a stand , as I’m getting close to traveling to Alberta for the CAMaster.
I’ve just been having one hell of a time deciding what to do
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Rick I think the only problem you would have if the wood stand was well built would be if it is supported well. Like my shop is on steel runners and the land is old farmland so it is constantly moving with heavy rains or dry times. I have two torsion beams mounted on my stand and then my CNC is mounted to the beams. I check it now and then and make any adjustments needed to level everything back up using shims. I knew that it would be a problem and this was the best solution I could come up with. I just consider it part of my maintenance routine and it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make adjustments.

I still hope to get a CNCRP machine and I'll probably use adjustable supports on the stand so I can make adjustments to when needed.
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Rick I think the only problem you would have if the wood stand was well built would be if it is supported well. Like my shop is on steel runners and the land is old farmland so it is constantly moving with heavy rains or dry times. I have two torsion beams mounted on my stand and then my CNC is mounted to the beams. I check it now and then and make any adjustments needed to level everything back up using shims. I knew that it would be a problem and this was the best solution I could come up with. I just consider it part of my maintenance routine and it only takes 5 to 10 minutes to make adjustments.

I still hope to get a CNCRP machine and I'll probably use adjustable supports on the stand so I can make adjustments to when needed.
I wasnít aware you were a CNCRP fan to . I donít think you can wrong with them from what Iíve read over the years . Many happy owners at CNCZone also .
I talked with Cory on the phone before and found them very helpful

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