My name is Roland (Ron) Jeuch. I live in Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the past 35 years. My professional career as an electrical engineer included several years with RCA, followed by running the US branch of a German manufacturer of electronic organs. The past 22 years I owned a computer consulting business. While officially retired, I still maintain some software systems for clients.
Hobbies serve the purpose to add variety to life. The job can cause one’s mind to focus on a limited set of faculties.
Projects involving wood has been my hobby for decades and that is the reason for creating this site. I still recall building a large TV cabinet and drawer chests with a used 1930 vintage table saw and a $7 refurbished hand drill. And all that in one-car garage. However, for the past 35 years I had the luxury of a large basement, half of which is a shop. The equipment roster has been greatly expanded. There is table saw, a radial arm saw, a thickness planer and a 9-foot wall-mounted stoke sander. Cabinets and shelves host numerous hand tools and raw material.
I have had my eyes on a CNC router for years and finally decided to embark on building such a machine. What is a CNC router? The CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control. Such a router can machine parts based on drawings. The entire process starts with a drawing. The latter is then converted to tool paths and eventually into the codes that drive the motors.
I started with a kit which contained the structural pieces, the mechanical drive components and the electronics from a small company that can be found at http://buildyourcnc.com. I built the supporting table, added a computer and bought some applicable software.