16 SERVO 01.2017
In this installment, we are going to
install the clamp table. The clamp
table is the surface you use to
attach your stock.
By Michael Simpson
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You will need your PC connected to your controller and motors to move the Y carriage into favorable positions
to make securing the table a little easier.
In addition to the table, we will be mounting the
KReduCNC electronics inside the frame. We will also be
doing some cable management in order to get our machine
ready for action.
The table is 15-3/4” wide by 16-1/2” deep. It’s
constructed from 3/4” stock and can be made from particle
board, plywood, plastic, or MDF (medium-density
fibreboard). The basic table (Figure 1) consists of a single
sheet of 3/4” material with countersunk holes for securing
the table to the Y carriage. In this case, you screw your
hold-down clamps into the table to hold your stock while it
is being machined.
A better table has 15/16” wide slots that are 3/8”
deep as shown in Figure 2. These slots hold mini T-tracks
(Figure 3) that will allow you to secure your stock with
The mounting holes for the table are countersunk on