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First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:12 am

So I need help from all you guy with building my own plasma table , not on the actual building of the table as I've been a pipefitter/welder for 32 years and have always used a plasma cutter - hand operated , I have a Hypertherm 65 and at some point will switch to an 85. But what i need help with is everything else ,I don't have any experience with cad but will take steps to learn- so what i need from you guys is help building the rest of the table as far as components . And i don't want you to take this the wrong way but if money for the build was not a concern what would you buy to build this table, I have been looking around this site as I'm new here but have not honed in on any specific software/hardware and have not priced any think other then the 5x10 and magnum 7 gantry from precision plasma LLC , and as far as the money not a concern i just wanted to know what the best set up is if not worried about that part of it , so any help you guys could give I sure appreciate it Thank you Steve

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 07, 2022 7:21 am

And I have looked at the Diy list of materials but it seems to be a little old so i was looking for something up to date as I'm sure things have changed

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Re: First Table Build

Post by weldguy » Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:09 pm

I no experience with any of the available gantry kits but if I was looking to build my own table I would prefer to buy a complete electronics and software package and build the table and gantry myself. C&CNC and Flashcut CNC both offer complete packages that would get you going and building a gantry isn't all that tough.

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:44 pm

Yes I want to build table 5x10 and gantry but no interest in building electronics and was looking for the best set up software & hardware available in today’s market

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Re: First Table Build

Post by SRdesign » Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:10 pm

I built my own table and gantry and bought an electronics package and z axis from candcnc. I wasn’t interested in building my own electronics, so that was an easy decision. At first I wanted to build my own z axis but after I started getting into building the table I decided to pay the $600ish dollars for the z axis and be done with it. For me personally I think I made the right decision, I like my table and I am happy with my electronics package. Building your own gantry from scratch is not that hard either.
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Re: First Table Build

Post by SRdesign » Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:04 am

As far as what to buy, do you mean electronics or linear motion components? You will get a variety of opinions on what is the best components to install for your table so ultimately it’s up to you on what you want to install. When I built my table I looked at tables that I would buy if I were to buy one built by a reputable company, then I just tried to use as many of the same components that they use. I like the star lab tables so I tried to use the same parts that they use. I obviously have some limitations as to what I could do in my home shop so there’s some things that fall short compared to their tables but trying to copy a well built table seemed to work well for me as a guide.
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Re: First Table Build

Post by TJS » Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:17 am

Just one thing on a water table. If you do build one, do not do what I did. I built a picture frame out of angle. Then I welded the bottom sheet to the angle. It warped bad. Get yourself a nice piece of stainless and have it break bent and then just weld up the corners.

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Re: First Table Build

Post by SRdesign » Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:43 am

TJS wrote:
Mon Jan 10, 2022 9:17 am
Just one thing on a water table. If you do build one, do not do what I did. I built a picture frame out of angle. Then I welded the bottom sheet to the angle. It warped bad. Get yourself a nice piece of stainless and have it break bent and then just weld up the corners.
:Like definitely a good piece of advice!
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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Mon Jan 10, 2022 11:25 am

Yes I have no interest in building electronics I will definitely buy a plug and play package as far as the water tray I really hadn’t put much thought into it but that definitely makes sense or get sheet of steel6x12 and bend corners I definitely appreciate all the input I have picked up the steel for the table I was planning on buying the magnum seven gantry just for ease in time not sure if you think that price is in the ballpark for a gantry - I do have a gantry off a router table but I think it’s way too heavy duty for the speed of a plasma

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Re: First Table Build

Post by weldguy » Mon Jan 10, 2022 4:29 pm

Triple S wrote:
Fri Jan 07, 2022 3:44 pm
Yes I want to build table 5x10 and gantry but no interest in building electronics and was looking for the best set up software & hardware available in today’s market
If that's the case definitely look into C&CNC and Flashcut CNC both have complete packages to get your table and gantry going. Post back with your progress as you build :Like

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:11 am

yes i will post when i get going, running a little slow as i had surgery on arm and will be handicap for a while but did pick up steel for build the other day so just getting ducks in a row so that I'm ready i will be good to go, but also need to figure out how to post here

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Thu Jan 13, 2022 8:12 am

sorry post pictures

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Re: First Table Build

Post by acourtjester » Thu Jan 13, 2022 9:47 am

YOu click on "Full Editor & Preview" then down below the "Attachments" then "add files". Then navigate to to the place on you hard drive they are stored and click on the ones you want to attach. After you have them selected click on place on line for each one hitting enter after each to have them on a line. This also works for files you want to post, some things will need to be in a ZIP format.

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Thu Jan 13, 2022 2:44 pm

Thank you

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:49 am

I have a gantry for router table for sale I’m sure it would have to be somebody close to Ky as pretty heavy to ship , you can pm as I haven’t figured out how to load pictures yet or just have not had time to follow directions I was given

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:57 am

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 10:59 am

Well there’s a learning curve I don’t know why the picture of my trailer and lift is in there but I bought a router table took the gantry off the router motor itself on the Z access is burn up I do have the other motors I’m assuming they’re good never tried them

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:04 am

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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 11:05 am

I have the complete table but I’m going to use the base and build my frame on top of it and

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Re: First Table Build

Post by acourtjester » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:38 pm

Good plan that is a beast, I worked on a local guy's router table, his other one had 2 routers mounted and it was not that big.
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Re: First Table Build

Post by Triple S » Fri Jan 14, 2022 1:52 pm

Well then as you know the gantry I have is way too heavy for a Plasma Table and it’s not wide enough not that I can’t make it wider but way too heavy duty

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