Aluminum Baseboard

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McMagical Eng.
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Aluminum Baseboard

Post by McMagical Eng. » Wed Aug 06, 2014 5:39 pm

This was a shop project I created to make a super sturdy base for my Shapeoko2. I wanted to use coolant on my cutting projects, but the MDF threaded wasteboard became a sponge and warped once the coolant leaked onto its surface. I also really like the MDF threaded pattern with the clamps, but I found that I wanted more holes for small and odd shaped project clamping. I used the template for the MDF board and made a 13x13 grid for the holes. The board is solid 6061 aluminum (1/2") milled flat and drilled to mill spec. Each of the 167 holes is was drilled, tapped for M5 bolts, and then chamfered.I still plan on running a circle polish bit over the grid to get a scaled polish finish.


More project photos can be found on the mods page here:
Shapeoko2 NEMA 17s, Custom aluminum baseboard, coroplast sideskirts, 300W quiet cut spindle, 3d printed enclosure, panel on/off, E-stop

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Re: Aluminum Baseboard

Post by cvoinescu » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:11 pm

Beautiful overkill!
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Re: Aluminum Baseboard

Post by CastIrony » Thu Aug 07, 2014 6:51 am

Ok, now I'm jealous.
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Re: Aluminum Baseboard

Post by eklipseone » Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:41 pm

are you selling these?

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Re: Aluminum Baseboard

Post by chomdh » Sat Dec 13, 2014 6:46 pm

Way cool.
Shapeoko2 #3702:
DW611, arduino uno, gshield v5, NEMA23's on X & dual Y, NEMA17 on Z with ACME rod, 9mm belts, Mean Well NES-350-24V power supply, re-inforced gantry rails.
Soon to have inventables spindle mount and 1M X axis.

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