Honestly, this project started out as just a high tech router sled! Then as more ideas were incorporated, it morphed into what amounted to a hand powered router mill... as the ideas and thoughts percolated in my crazy mind... and I realized how many turns of a hand crank it would take to move the gantry along the Y axis 1500mm, the writing was on the wall! I'm building a CNC. Now, I'm a bit different than many of you guys... and that sometimes ends up with me putting my foot in my mouth... Even though I'm in IT and work on them all the time I hate pc's, even worse all the so-called "inexpensive" CNC controls run off older pc's with a parallel port! And many of these run on GRBL or other strange software you need to do programming on and a bunch of troubleshooting on. No way will my hobby require me to do even more work on pc's! So just stating upfront, this build will be somewhat controversial and maybe rub some folks the"wrong" way. To be clear, there are literally thousands of different ways to build or get into CNC. I just prefer to spend my time in using the machine, not troubleshooting it or learning to write code. Honestly, if it was in the budget, I'd just buy a turn key Laguna CNC. Unfortunately the size needed to build neck through bass guitars, would be prohibitively expensive. Instead, in cleaning out the shed, closets, attic and garage... you can find tons of stuff you no longer use, haven't used in many years and most likely will never use in the future! This is how my build is being funded! Sell some junk, buy more parts for the CNC!! Along the way, I purchased a set of plans from Chris Monck at Highline Guitars... he build his machine out of plywood, mine will be built using aluminum. But I really liked the base part of his machine, so much of what he designed will be incorporated into my build. But in the areas of the CNC controller, mine will be quite a bit different! If that kind of craziness sounds interesting follow along as I make a fool of myself and build a CNC.