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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.

 

                             

                                                                                        

                                                                           

Stamps-

 

                                                      

 

Puzzle Boxes-

             

                                                                        

                      

 

Sewing Boxes-

 

                         

 

Recipe Boxes-

 

 

                                      

 

Ring Boxes-

 

                                 

 

 

                                          

 

Bowls-

 

                      

 

 

A whirligig- Click on the image to watch it in action.