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Hello to all, My name is Jim and I am new to this forum. I am a retired Builder/Developer that started out early in life as a carpenter and always enjoyed working with wood. My favorite hobby is shooting pool and when i am not shooting I enjoy making pool cue sticks. I have been struggling with notion of including a cnc router with rotary capabilities that can be indexed along with the already several lathes, etc. machines I already have. I have a manual taper lathe that works well (although it has it limitations). So what I am looking to obtain is a cnc router machine with a rotary axis that can be indexed and includes some good (user friendly) software that is not overly sophisticated so I can incorporate some design work on my cue butts. The butts are usually anywhere from 3" to 6" long and not much more than 1 1/4" dia.. And of course depending on the cost It would be nice to be able to do other woodworking projects as well, but mainly to add another dimension to my craft. I appreciate any help I can get on what might be available to suit my needs.
 

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Welcome to the forum Jim.
 

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Welcome to the forum Jim, looking forward to seeing your projects
 

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Welcome to the forum, Jim! What is your budget for this? How about available space, power available, largest piece you'll work with besides pool cues, etc.?

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Hi David, thanks for your reply. I am looking for a tabletop unite. I have a 4x8 table in the center of my shop(which is the size of a one car garage) that is shared with a band saw and space for precuts and pre machined fitted cues. I have not made a decision on the size, of course it would not only depend on cost but if i won't to make the investment. So to start off, I think a smaller one that could handle the sizes mentioned but also what is important is the software so I don't have to spend an enormous amount of time learning it. About 2' x 3' of space max and and anywhere from $500 to 5k.
 

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I think you biggest hurdle is going to be the rotary axis. The Shapeoko and Shark HD5 are popular and people have added a rotary axis on those. Avid is good and you can certainly add a rotary axis to their machines.

How about a used machine - have you checked into that or looked around?

David
 

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Hello Jim and friends... I am Quentin, from Saskatoon SK CANADA. just joined the forum today. Jim's post resonates with me as I am also just getting set up with my CNC requirements and also want to have a router with 4th Axis capability and also that will work with Fusion 360 CAM. I am looking at the Laguna (iQ or the iQ Pro) and also the Tormach 24R. would love to hear anyone's thoughts on these. thanks! (Space is not an issue, I will accommodate my space to suit what ever needs I have. )
 

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Welcome to the forum Jim and Quentin. Quentin you may want to start a separate thread so as not to get confused as to which question is being replied to as they are both separate needs.
 
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