CNC milling with router

Here is my video with general info


For my milling set up right now I’m using a 2 horsepower harbor freight router with the harbor freight speed control. Its definitely on the cheapest end of the setup but so far I am moving forward nicely.  This whole setup is basically operated with a relay controlled by the mach 3 system. I have to adjust my speed between 18k and 28 manually and I had to make these measurements manually with a tachometer and then draw them into my adjustment knob with a marker!

Wood Milling

Wood working is done on my vacuum table. Here you can see me making some stuff with my new router holder. The vacuum table is super easy to make and I wont go into it. Im ordering some really nice $30 dollar bits from and they cut through wood like a hot knife through butter.

CNC Vacuum table

Aluminum Milling

Here is my machine milling some aluminum to make the holder from the video above.

As you can see I have a sump pump pumping cooling fluid onto the bit as it works. Also you will notice that there was massive water spraying everywhere. I have remedied this since then by building walls onto the box containing the vice.

CNC milling Box

The inside of the box is painted with red guard which is a waterproofing for showers. The bit stayed ice cold despite slow movement of tool tip and 28k RPM spindle speed.

Here is the finished product below. Not up to the standards of a large machine shop but that cuts looks fairly decent to me.

CNC milled aluminum



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