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Enclosure for CBeam / Ox Routers (Lowes / Home Depot Build)

Discussion in 'Concepts and Ideas' started by Peace11uehman, Nov 15, 2015.

  1. Peace11uehman

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    ( I am going to keep posting updates as i go along. Scroll down if you want to see the latest additions )

    I have made some progress on an enclosure for my CBeam / future OX type CnC router. I quickly discovered the need for an enclosure shortly after my foam "Hello World" CBeam machine test (in the living room).. So here it what i came up with.

    I sourced all of the parts from Lowes / Home Depot, except for the LED lighting.

    The unit is build on a heavy duty steel frame garage storage rack (72 x 48 X 24 ) which i had to expand to obtain the depth i was looking for. The expansion allowed me to stiffen up the frame using aluminum 1" x 1" square tubing.

    I used Optix acrylic sheets for the windows and doors. The front doors are solid! I originally wanted the doors mounted on rails, however opted against that option due to the space they would require when opened. I used "U notch" aluminum rails that interlocked tightly to create the door frames and mounted them on 30" continuous hinges. I then used clear silicon / adhesive to eliminate any potential vibration rattles etc.

    Just wanted to share some ideas and make a little contribution to the forum since i am a new here. :)

    If people are interested, i can include all the details of the build, however i am pretty sure anyone on these forums could figure out how make something like this based off the images.
    Lowes happens to carry a storage rack with a frame that has hidden shelf slots and is made of steel. That was the key.
     

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  2. Joe Santarsiero

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    That's pretty sweet. Is that it's permanent location?
     
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    That looks great @Peace11uehman this enclosure would make a great build ;)
    Great job
    I don't think the wife would go for that one :)
     
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    Nope. Maybe if I hung some fake fish in it. lol. Sure beats a fish tank though.
    I plan on enclosing mine someday. I say it's money well spent.
     
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  5. Peace11uehman

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    Haha i wish! No, i am already getting hell for it being there..
     
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    Update!

    The enclosure works really well! After some MDF testing, i realized i would need a ventilation / suction system of some sort to help with the dust. I just got back from Home Depot and scored some early Black Friday specials (charmed the lady a bit :D).

    I will be posting some new images tomorrow of my solution and other modifications i have been working on. I found the perfect part in the AC isle which happened to have a rubber grommet that fits my new shop vac line perfectly!
     
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    I saw some guy on YT use a furnace filter at the top. He set a cheap box fan on top of that. Seemed to work fairly well.
     
  8. Peace11uehman

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    Alright so i made some serious progress over the weekend.

    Added:

    - Heavy Duty Wheels with Locks
    -Keyboard / Tool Tray on Heavy Duty Ball Bearing Guides
    - New Compressor
    - Vacuum System

    Whats next:

    - Switch / Button Panel
    - Frame Mounted Monitor
    - Tool Draw


    It is coming along nicely! :D
     

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    You're outta control! :D
     
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    Here is the latest work. I am modifying a surge protector to give each outlet it's own switch. The surge protector will be hidden under the keyboard shelf and the switches will be mounted in a gray plastic electrical box. By giving each outlet a switch, it will allow me to control things while keeping the enclosure universal to changes. I will be able to switch things or add things whenever without modifying plugs etc. I will just need to change labels on the switch box.

    I would like to make a nice power box, however i want to keep the unit as compact as possible. I have not found a place to mount a large power box that will give me convenient access to the switches.
     

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    Finally got kicked out of the living room, so I decided to make some noise in the garage! Made some serious progress on the vacuum system. Couldn't find the things i needed for my dust shoe, so I decided to do it the hard way! :D

    Here is a sneak peak.
     

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    LOL you have a very understanding wife!!!
     
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    Cool looking dust shoe! Looking forward to seeing how it works out. I would like to cut one of these for my machine so I hope you will share when done ;)
    Thanks @Peace11uehman
     
  14. Peace11uehman

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    I sure will! I am designing it to be used with the Open Builds router mount.
     
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