QuickBuild Benchtop CNC Enclosure for less than $350 – coolant ready

This is a blog post to support the quick build video showing how I built an enclosure for my Taig benchtop mill. I used commonly available parts from local hardware stores. The list of items I used is below the video.

YouTube Video

Parts List

Scroll right to see the links to the items.

StoreForDescriptionQtyPrice TotalItem#
StoreForDescription Qty Price  Total Item#Link
LowesFrame2-in x 4-in x 8-ft 6 $10.27 $ 61.62468930Severe Weather 2-in x 4-in x 8-ft #2 Prime Pressure Treated Lumber in the Pressure Treated Lumber department at Lowes.com
LowesFrame4-in x 4-in x 6-ft 2 $13.27 $ 26.54468950Severe Weather 4-in x 4-in x 6-ft #2 Pressure Treated Lumber in the Pressure Treated Lumber department at Lowes.com
LowesFrame2x2x8″6 $3.98 $23.8845132-in x 2-in x 8-ft White Furring Strip in the Furring Strips department at Lowes.com
LowesSidesWhite Wall Panel1 $32.61 $ 32.618566https://www.lowes.com/pd/48-in-x-8-ft-Embossed-White-Wall-Panel/1000174771
        
LowesLight3′ Shop Light1 $16.98 $  16.982592123Utilitech 3-ft Cool White LED Linear Shop Light in the Shop Lights department at Lowes.com
LowesDrainSink tailpipe1 $2.98 $2.9824628Keeney 1-1/2-in Plastic Sink Tailpiece in the Under Sink Plumbing department at Lowes.com
LowesDrain1-1/2-in Plastic sink Plug1 $7.28 $7.2824623Keeney 1-1/2-in Plastic Po Plug in the Under Sink Plumbing department at Lowes.com
Home DepotSealingClear Silicone Sealant1 $6.77 $6.77362646GE Advanced Silicone 2 10.1 oz. Clear Exterior/Interior Window and Door Sealant-2708920 – The Home Depot
Home DepotDoor SliderAluminum Trim Channel1 $ 12.84 $12.84229347https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-3-8-in-W-x-1-2-in-H-x-48-in-L-x-1-16-in-Thick-Aluminum-Trim-Channel-800167/204604759
Home DepotDoor HandleSatin Nickel Wire Drawer Pull2 $ 3.16 $ 6.32408767https://www.homedepot.com/p/Liberty-4-in-102mm-Center-to-Center-Satin-Nickel-Wire-Drawer-Pull-P604BCC-SN-C/203244366
        
LowesSides30-in W x 36-in L Clear Acrylic Sheet2 32.98 $65.9611233https://www.lowes.com/pd/OPTIX-0-08-in-T-x-30-in-W-x-36-in-L-Clear-Acrylic-Sheet/3179381
LowesDoors36-in W x 48-in L Clear Polycarbonate1 $79.98 $79.98239982LEXAN 0.093-in T x 36-in W x 48-in L Clear Polycarbonate Sheet in the Polycarbonate & Acrylic Sheets department at Lowes.com
        
     Total  $343.76  

Taig Micro Mill XYZ Limit Switches

The Taig 5019CR I ordered did not come with limit switches or even mounts to install them. coming from the 3d printer and gantry cnc world, I am used to having limit switches to establish a homing position and then to move out from there so I can make things repeatable.

When I made these limit switches I had some contstraints in mind:

  1. I did not want to have to drill and tap the machine. I wanted something that would bolt on
  2. I have 48V motors and so I didn’t want proximity switches as they are 24V and I did not have anything to hand to convert the voltage
  3. I wanted to 3d print these as a prototype

I designed 3 mounts in fusion 360 very quickly. I will circle back when free time stretches out before me like a barren desert and I have nothing better to do and design them to be made on the taig itself:)

First you will need the following components:

  1. some switches, I recommend these. They are very well made and my mounts are designed to fit these specifically

2. Some wire – this wire is incredible, and shielded. I have found nothing better

The Mounts

X Limit Switch

This fits on the right of the table, you slide two square nuts into the groove on the front, and screw it in, on the rear side is a locator to snug up against the side of the table to make sure its the right distance and that is doesn’t flex

Y Limit Switch

On my machine I actually had a tapped hole right on the right hand box way so I screwed right to that.

Z Limit Switch

This just clamps on to the back of the Z axis. you cant put it on wrong as its set to side right over the back. two M3 screws and M3 captive nuts provide the clamping force from left and right. there’s a little channel for zip ties to keep the wire out the way for you and provide cable relief.

The files

Grab the zip containing the files below

or get it from Thingiverse – I uploaded it there too:

Taig Micro Mill Limit Switches by andy-net – Thingiverse