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When: Many Saturdays noon - 3 PM or Anytime (Check the calendar or the Collexion-CNC list to see if we're meeting any particular Saturday before coming down!)

Timeline: TBD.

Donations: Coming soon to Pledgie!



  • Provide Collexion members and the wider Lexington community with:
    • the means to create, modify, and share open-source designs for furniture, homewares, and other goods
    • the means to fabricate these goods
  • Learn CNC the fun way -- from the ground up!
  • Showcase the open-source software and hardware that will be used in this project
  • Encourage the use of locally-produced building materials
  • Localize the means of production for home goods
  • Educate the community about the benefits of DIY and open source
  • Reduce the amount of money that flows to corporations who are ignoring their duties to their customers and society at large
  • World Peace

The Machine

We are building an example of Joe's 4x4 Hybrid CNC Router:


Active discussions happen at periodic in-person meetings at Collexion (check the Collexion Calendar ) and at . Everyone is welcome to subscribe to that list.

Tools Used

  • Drills (Jason has cordless to borrow)
  • Circular Saw (Jason has cordless to borrow)
  • metal cutting saw (Collexion)
  • table saw (Collexion)
  • a 5/16" tap (a device that threads the inside of a hole to enable a screw/bolt to fasten) (need)
  • screwdriver(im sure we have plenty)
  • time on someone else's CNC Router to cut out gantry parts. (Or buy a kit)

To Do List

  • Analyze Joe's plans
  • Develop shopping list
  • Source Parts
  • Get Tools
  • Get CNC Hardware
  • Get Router
  • Purchase materials
  • Explore software options
  • Dust collection. (Will serve entire shop (table saw, etc.), not just the router, right?)

Suppliers -- Steppers, controllers, kits. -- Steppers, controllers, kits. -- Eliminate MDF parts with an aluminum casting? -- Anti-backlash nuts & accessories.

Other Designs

Some other plans we considered. All are viable, and our selection of Joe's plans should NOT be taken to diminish any of these fine designs.