Hobbyist CNC Machining

About This BookEdit

Hobbyist CNC Machining is barely started, a product of a single editor. Its purpose is to teach people how to build and use CNC machines.


How to Edit a chapterEdit

To edit any wiki page (including this one):

  1. Click on the Edit tab at the top of the page.
  2. Make your change in the large text box.
  3. Type an explanation of your change in the Edit summary text box below.
  4. Click on the Show preview button below the edit summary to preview your change.
  5. If you're satisfied with the result, click on the Save page button.

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  • external links that are not directly related to the module
  • comments or questions regarding the text

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How to Add a ChapterEdit

To add a chapter (such as a new machine description or machining project) to this book:

  1. Edit the Table of Contents section (below) and add a list item with a descriptive wikilink. (If you're creating a tutorial and are unsure where it belongs, put it in the Miscellaneous Tutorials section.)
  2. After saving your edit, follow the redlink to create the module and begin adding content to it.
  3. To make it easy to read the book in sequence, each chapter should have navigation links to the previous chapter and the next chapter. Provide these links by transcluding the NAV template at the top and bottom of the page, as shown on the demo page. (If you expect the your module to be moved elsewhere in the sequence, you can skip this step.)
  4. Preview your work. When you're satisfied it, use the Save page button to add your new module to the wiki.
  5. If you provided navigation links, update the NAV templates on the previous and next modules, if they exist.
  6. If you didn't provide navigation links, please ask someone to insert your new module in an appropriate place. One way to do this would be to create a talk page for your new module and type your request there.


Images are a critical to understanding CNC machining. They clarify instructions, provide a point of reference, and improve the teaching process. However, if the image's copyright is not attributed correctly, we must remove it. This can make a once-great chapter useless.

Before uploading an image:

  • Search Wikimedia Commons to see if the image you want to use already exists. (Uploading duplicate images is wasteful.)

How to Join the TeamEdit

If you want to join our WikiBook team, go to the team page for information and advice.

Table of ContentsEdit


Building CNC machinesEdit

Using CNC MachinesEdit


Reference MaterialEdit


General advice:

Performance tips


This is our attic, mostly material that could be useful to some extent if it would be revamped completely, but are of little use at the moment. If you can contribute to some of them, go ahead and rewrite them to your liking!

Additional ResourcesEdit