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I recently decided to try to build a small CNC router. There is a lot of information online for this, but I settled on the Mantis 9. It is a desktop (footprint is 10"x10") unit; the largest workpiece it can handle is about 4"x6". It was easy to build and the cost was around $100. This machine is controlled by an Arduino microprocessor, and connects to a computer's USB port. Good information can be found at these sites and elsewhere:

http://makeyourbot.wikidot.com/mantis9-1

https://thebuildroom.wordpress.com/tag/mantis-cnc/

http://www.artengine.ca/modlab/index.php/Mantis_CNC_Build_2011

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5siv7DM08bw&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Here is a picture of my CNC-

                                               

 

 

and here are some of the things I've been making with it--

 

           

 

              

 

    Note the 4-bar linkage used as a hinge.

 

 

and , lately, I've been making puzzle boxes: