Hand crank for the X-Carve Z-axis

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Marius Hornberger

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Marius Hornberger
Germany

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During testing the X-Carve I often ran into the problem that I wanted to carve another shape and needed to change the bit. But I always had to lift up the spindle with the software. SO I decided to make a little hand crank that goes on top of the Z-axis for lifting the spindle up manually.

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Baltic Birch Plywood

Baltic Birch Plywood

8" × 12" × 3/8" Baltic Birch Plywood

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1

Watch the project on YouTube

2 minutes

I put together a video on my YouTube channel that shows everything.

2

Let the CNC do its work

10 minutes

Cut out the shape out of a material of your choice. I recommend birch plywood or the stuff I was using, which basically is birch plywood with a black resin coating. I chose it, because it’s black and the machine is black, so…you get it.

3

Adding the nut

1 minute

I skipped the painting part, because it’s painting and not very interesting.
After painting put a nut in place.

4

Hammer in the nut

1 minute

Just grab a hammer and pound the nut into place. You could also use a vice.

5

The knob

5 minutes

You can make the spinning knob in several ways. I made mine on my lathe, but a dowl with a hole through it, big enough for a screw, will do the job.

6

Done

1 minute

Simply screw the hand crank back on top of the Z-axis and your done.

Brian Gidney
Awesome idea Marius thanks for sharing!
Brian Gidney