Need your advice to help a newbie!
I've been looking and wanting to purchase a cnc router machine for my workshop. I don't do commercial work, but do a lot of things for friends and family. I've learned to get a good tool the first time rather than purchasing a piece of junk that needs to be replaced in short order. That said, there are limits to the amount of money to spend on something this large. I've invested in Sawstop, Festool etc. but now I'm in an arena that I just don't know enough about.
There are many choices out there. I've seen stuff on Amazon that would suit someone playing with it but I think that I would prefer something that can do something useful. For example, I cut a mahogany porch swing with lots of curves and details by hand and it took me over a year. It still wasn't perfect, but close as the curves had to be mirrored on both sides. I thought to myself that a CNC router could do that in the blink of an eye. The problem is that if I were to get one, I want it to have enough umph to do some of these projects but not cost $100 K.
I've read all that I can, but it seems that all the "opinion" sites have links where they get a commission for referring from their sites.
I know that this is an ever evolving technology and I could spend a huge amount of money trying to get cutting edge equipment. That is not my goal, I just want a good machine, large enough to cut my parts and pieces and experiment cutting replacement pieces for my wife's antique interests.
So, any advice you folks can give me as to what to look for would be appreciated. I started looking at one of the shark machines at either Rockler or Woodcraft and I soon figured out that those were very flimsy. Then I saw the Axiom which seems to be much more sturdy but it is limited in size. It seems anything that could cut 6 feet or so moves me into a commercial type machine which I really don't want to pay that much for.
I don't mean to bother you, so if you can share your experience or knowledge, I would appreciate it. Right now, I am leaning toward the Axiom but don't have enough information to judge before spending 10K.