“DIY Smart Saw”: Build Your Own Wood CNC Router
There is one piece of equipment that allows anyone to design and build beautiful pieces of woodwork, with intricate precision, and surprising ease. That piece of equipment is the CNC Router and ‘DIY Smart Saw‘ is a step-by-step manual that allows almost anyone to build their own CNC wood carving machine at home. But isn’t that difficult? Why would you want to do that? Well, let’s find out.
Maybe we’ve jumped the gun a bit. It sure sounds like a fun project, but what exactly is a DIY Smart Saw?
Simply put it’s a computer-controlled routing saw that is mounted on a handmade table. Once everything has been set up, the router will move on a horizontal and vertical axis across the surface and can cut any pattern that you want into a piece of wood.
This will allow you to create intricate designs that even the most skilled woodcrafter wouldn’t be able to do. All you have to do is place your piece of wood and press a few buttons on your computer. Then you just stand back and let your DIY Smart Saw work its magic. And the results are nothing short of magical in themselves.
Check out the introduction video on the official website to see it in action:
What Is A CNC Router
Maybe you’ve never heard of a CNC router before, so let’s take a minute to specify. It operates on the same principles of a traditional hand-operated router which is a common tool used by woodworkers and craftsmen. The only difference is how it’s controlled.
A computer numerically controlled (CNC) router is a machine that is controlled by a computer program. The saw is attached with a cable to a computer and is controlled almost completely from your desktop. You will basically install a simple software program on your computer, set the design that you want, turn your saw on, click a couple of buttons and stand back and watch.
CNC Routers give woodworkers the ability to design objects or components with easy to use software and have them made almost magically in front of their eyes. They work on all three axises at the same time (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal) which enables them to create three-dimensional designs, and delicate patterns with stunning depth.
Do I Need to be a Computer Programmer To Use a CNC Router?
A lot of people hear “computer-programmed router” and get scared off. Have no fear; it’s easier do than checking your email. Once you download the software onto your computer, it’s as easy as 1-2-3.
You can either upload and create your own designs, or you can use one of several premade designs that come with the program. There is an almost limitless possibility for designs, and all you need to know how to do computer-wise is click your mouse a few times.
Why Should You Build Your Own CNC Router?
You may be wondering why everyone doesn’t have one of these seemingly miraculous machines in their lives. There is a very simple answer…They are very expensive.
If you were to buy one of these CNC routers from an authorized distributor, you would pay just over $1,000 on the low end. For a high-end model, you would often pay over $10,000. While these pre-made routers come partially assembled, they are not exactly “plug and play.”
If you are going to spend a few hours assembling a “pre-made” router, why not spend a little more time building your own? Thanks to this guide, it’s easier than ever. If you’re feeling entrepreneurial, you can even make extras and sell them to your friends.
20 years ago, CNC machines were at the cutting-edge of technology, and it would have been unthinkable for someone to make their own at home. However, with technological advances over the past few years, much of the high-tech manufacturing tools and computer programs are cheap and easy to get ahold of. In the past, the computer programs alone would have cost thousands.
The total cost of materials to build your own router is around $150.
You heard that right. You will be paying a small fraction of the price that it would cost you to buy a “pre-made” router. In addition to this, every time you use it, you can take pride in the fact that you’re using a tool that you built with your own two hands.
What is the DIY Smart Saw Program?
DIY Smart Saw is a downloadable eBook, a web application to visualize the parts and a video guide that will help you build a CNC router completely from scratch. All you need is a few basic supplies from the hardware store and some common tools that you probably already have in your garage.
The instructions are very easy-to-follow along with. All of the steps are detailed and illustrated with pictures and videos every step of the way. The app If you have any basic experience as a do-it-yourselfer, then you’ll be able to create a saw that can cut an accurate pattern to within one-thousandth of an inch (0.001). Talk about a close shave.
Does It Take A Long Time To Build?
When you first look at the finished Smart Saw, it looks like quite an ordeal to put together. It’s actually very simple. After you get your materials and tools together, you should be able to easily build this in under 10 hours.
The Possibilities Are Endless
Once you get your machine all setup, you can craft thousands of different designs. Some common examples could be:
- Custom table tops
- Chair backings
- Artistic wood carvings
- Wooden dishes
- And so much more!
These are just a few examples. If you’re a true woodworker, you’ll find yourself spending countless hours crafting beautiful new pieces of wood. You can upload your own handmade designs onto your CNC program, or you can choose from hundreds of preset designs.
Are There Any Limitations?
Of course, there are some limitations. This is a CNC router, not a 3D printer. It can carve thousands of different patterns into a piece of wood but don’t expect it to be able to build you a lawn chair from scratch. However, if you wanted to carve some designs into your lawn chair, the Smart Saw would be perfect for that.
It’s also important to note, that depending on the job you’re doing, you may need to use different tips for your router. Some cutting tips are meant for harder or softer wood. Some are meant for cutting detailed patterns, and some are meant for cutting round shapes. Before you start any project, consider the type of wood you will be working with, and what you want your final result to look like.
What You Get With Your Purchase
When you buy the DIY Smart Saw eBook you will get all of the following:
- The main 176-page PDF manual complete with tips, warnings, plans, and illustrations. You’ll get a complete list of tools and materials needed for the entire project, with information on how to make them fit together easily and which are preferable to use.
- Detailed videos to help you in the process. These are made to complement the manual’s written instructions and give you a visual aid.
- 3D Interactive Viewer – an application you can use to view all the parts needed to build the CNC, detailed dimensions and CAD Files.
- 101-CNC Woodworking. This is a short video guide that will give you lots of different designs and ideas for crafts that you can do around the house.
- 24/7 customer support if you have any questions or compliments.
- Access to the exclusive “members-only” area of the Smart Saw website.
If you’re looking for the next great summer project, then the DIY Smart Saw should be at the top of your list. Not only will it be a fun project, but you’ll have a truly great tool that you can use for an unlimited amount of applications. You’ll be able to make handcrafted wood designs that you’ll be able to use around the house, give away for presents, and you’ll be the envy of all your neighbors. Don’t be surprised if you have a few people come up and try to buy it off of you either!