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Building Your Frame Part I

Building Your Frame Part I

One unique thing about the Makermade CNC is that each maker builds their own frame. The folks at Maslow came up with a great frame design in the beginning, and then as the kits began to ship, the recipients started doing what makers do- tinkering. After a year or so, hundreds of experiments and thousands of forum posts, Maslow put together the best of the tweaks and came out with a new default frame design. Credit to users dlang and madgrizzle for the original design work. I haven’t changed or improved on the design in any way, but I’m working on clarifying the build instructions for our customers here at Makermade and the Maslow CNC community at large. This is a work in progress, please let us know what works and what doesn’t so we can make it even better.

You can download the instructions as a PDF if you prefer to print them out: Maslow Default Frame Assembly PDF.

TOOLS

  • Saw
  • Screwdriver or Power Drill
  • Square

MATERIALS LIST:

  • (7) 10’ long 2×4’s*
  • (1) 8′ long 2×4
  • (1) 6’ long 2×4
  • (2) 4×8 sheets of plywood**
  • (2) bricks (various sizes will work)
  • Wood glue
  • (???) 2 1/4 in wood screws

* If 2x4s are not available in your area the equivalent works

**If you have scrap plywood on hand, you may only need (1) 4×8 sheet of plywood, see cutlist

CUT LIST:

2×4’s

  • (1)120”
  • (1) 88”
  • (2) 82”
  • (2) 79”
  • (2) 60”
  • (2) 34”
  • (2) 30”
  • (2) 28”
  • (2)   7”
  • (4)3.5”

PLYWOOD

  • (1) 4×8 full sheet

For Temporary Sled

  • (1) 18×18” square
  • (2) 1×5.5” rectangles

For Final Sled

  • (1) 18” diameter circle
  • (2) 1×5” rectangles

ASSEMBLY- Note: All joints should be glued as well as screwed

STEP 1

  • Kickers at 90° angle to front legs
  • Kickers 11.5” from bottom of front legs, and hanging over by 1.75”
  • Screw through top of kickers into front legs
  • Screw through top of kickers into spacers

STEP 2

  • Flip assembly over
  • Center back leg over front leg
  • Align bottom of back leg with front leg
  • Screw through top center of back leg into front leg- 1 screw only per leg

STEP 3

  • Rotate back legs out to end of kickers
  • Screw bottom of back legs to kickers
  • Add more screws to top of back legs

LEGS ARE NOW COMPLETE!

Next steps are most easily done with front leg horizontal to floor, as shown. Prop with scraps to keep things level.

 

STEP 4

  • Rest lower front crossmember on kickers
  • Screw from top of crossmember into each kicker- see Figure 1
  • Screw from side of each front leg into crossmember- see Figure 2

 

STEP 5

  • Use verticals to measure placement of spacers on inside of front legs
  • DO NOT ATTACH VERTICALS IN THIS STEP
  • Screw through spacers into front legs

STEP 6

  • Rest upper front crossmember on spacers
  • Screw through sides of front legs into crossmember

STEP 7

  • Use diagonals to place verticals
  • DO NOT ATTACH DIAGONALS IN THIS STEP
  • Screw through top crossmember into verticals
  • Screw through bottom crossmember into verticals

STEP 8

  • Rest diagonals with one end on front leg, one leg on upper crossmember
  • Screw diagonals in place on each end
  • Placement of diagonals need not be exact

STEP 9

  • Rest rear crossmember on top of kickers where they protrude from back legs
  • Screw through rear crossmember into back legs

STEP 10

  • Beams should have one factory end
  • This end should face out
  • Place one beam at a 90° angle to each front leg
  • Screw through beams into front legs

ALMOST FINISHED!

STEP 11

  • Center top beam across front
  • Screw through top beam into 7” beams on each side

STEP 12

  • Rest plywood on kickers
  • Attach with screws through front of plywood into each front leg

You now have a complete frame!

Part II: Adding the hardware and electronics to follow soon…

2 Replies to “Building Your Frame Part I”

  1. andrea

    Reply

    the milling machine is apart from the kit?where do I find the instructions to put the milling machine in that wooden circle and make it move?

    1. sarah

      Reply

      Hi Andrea!
      The kit comes with full instructions for putting the machine together including building the frame and mounting the router into the sled.

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