I need some advice, I’ve just started practicing with the CNC and have plans for a future project, but Im having trouble figuring out how to buy materials and tools. Does anyone know of a local supplier for pieces of wood, clear acrylic, and/or hard foam for molds? And what details I should provide to a supplier once I find one? I want to source some thick materials from 1/2in to 2in. Im looking to eventually create pieces with a level of detail comparable to this:
Also on the question of bits, I was thinking of purchasing these two for myself as a supplement to the tools already at the space.
Very cool video! Also I’d like to pass on a hard lesson (expensive lesson too!): a fellow CNC operator wound up snapping his newly purchased ($50) bit when after doing an initial operation on the CNC, moved the carriage over to side and didn’t lift the Z axis far enough for the bit to clear the white plastic guide for the sacrificial board… SNAP!
Here’s a suggestion: lower the height of that plastic low enough to still be used as a guide for the sacrificial board, but so that it wouldn’t interfere with bit movement across the surface.
OK… the ‘dissertation’ is done!
Johnson’s workbench and Michigan barnwood are my go tos for nice wood. For cheap wood i would watch facebook marketplace ad people dump extra lumber regularly. Bits are a bit harder. I often default to wherever i am shopping at the time