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Here is the newest Woodpecker offering . Seems a bit pricey, but if you do this sort of thing a lot it may be worth it.

https://www.woodpeck.com/woodpeckers...ning-mill.html
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Easy to make a mill that works well for a few bucks. But it wouldn't be as pretty. I'm keeping my thousand bucks tucked in my wife's purse.
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Easy to make a mill that works well for a few bucks. But it wouldn't be as pretty. I'm keeping my thousand bucks tucked in my wife's purse.
Yeah, I say make your own, can then customize it as you desire. Spend $20 on acrylic paints and you can make it pretty too.

Hard to believe they are asking that much, for such a simple tool. I think I've got around $1200 invested in my shop, including the shop itself. I've been given a number of tools, including a nice planner, made all my shop stands, and various tools. Keeps the cost down.

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I made one once much larger than that to flatten the top of my nearly 8' long workbench (laminated together from 2x boards). Cost me a couple of dollars worth of ply. I stood a sheet of 3/4 mdf up on either side of the bench and cross braced them to stand up and be rigid and made the sled to ride on top of the edges. Not nearly as pretty but just as effective.

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Looks like a job for "Super CNC Man" !! - lol

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Easy to make a mill that works well for a few bucks. But it wouldn't be as pretty. I'm keeping my thousand bucks tucked in my wife's purse.
You're lucky. My wife's keeping her $1,000 in her purse. Really, unless you do a lot of these and make a living at these this it's almost impossible to justify that expense when there are so many ways to do the same thing inexpensively. You're better putting that money into a tool that will get a good deal more use like a Domino. YMMV (your mileage may very)
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This is far cheaper.
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I made a down and dirty system years back for a friend making cupboard doors out of MDF. It could cut patterns as required and was very adaptable. It is easy to modify to cut thick slabs. the size is 1.2m (4ft) x 5.0 m (16+ ft) It is very rigid, and cost less than a tenth of The woodpecker system. Only photo I can find is from the construction phase.
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! ....16' ? Man, that's a lot of floor space to dedicate to a single purpose tool.
Hopefully it could be knocked down to just a worktop between uses?
Other than my obvious space jealousy, excellent job, Ron!
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I saw that Woodpecker add the other day. I’ll use Harry’s version anytime.

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