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Setting up a ShapeOko 3 CNC Router and Enclosure, Part 2:
Since one of the first heavy projects planned for this router is going to be a time-intensive production run, I
opted to swap out the DeWalt router straight away, in favor of a 800W (1HP) high speed spindle off of eBay.
I got a smaller kit with just the spindle and VFD, which meant I needed to make my own clamping mounts.
I started by bandsawing two chunks of 4" wide x 1/2" thick aluminum bar.
Found the center and used a hole saw to remove the bulk of the material.
Then finish-bored them to size in the same setup.
To add a bit of flair, I decided I'd mill off some of the front edge just for aesthetics.
A few minutes to locate the center of the radius, and then a quick couple cuts on the rotary table.
Drill and tap the mounting holes, drill, counterbore and tap a hole for the clamping screw,
and a quick slice with a thick slitting saw finishes 'em off.
And mounted to the Shapeoko carriage. I opted for the 1HP spindle since
the 2HP was just too heavy for the machine. Note the water-cooling hoses.
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