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Build Your Own CNC Machine (2009): Hymns of Lathe

James Floyd Kelly and Patrick Hood-Daniel, Build Your Own CNC Machine (Apress, 2009)

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Shaking the house, heavy machinery-style.

I read, and favorably reviewed, the new edition of Project Arcade for Amazon Vine a few months ago. If you’re digging the idea of building your own arcade machine—or, for that matter, anything else that requires a boatload of carpentry along those lines—and you have the space in your garage/workroom/etc. for a table-sized piece of equipment, Build Your Own CNC Machine is your next logical stop. (And if you make noise, as well—throw five or six contact mics on this thing, start it carving a piece, and hit the record button. Instant sound source!) This is exactly what I was hoping it would be, a just-the-facts-ma’am how-to guide, with step-by-step instructions and copious illustrations. Be aware that “measure twice, cut once” probably understates the amount of measuring you’re going to want to do here, since some of the measurements you’ll be dealing with need to be exact, but the actual carpentry is pretty straightforward. Solid, easy to follow (though not necessarily to execute), and all-around good stuff. *** ½

(For those of you who didn’t get the subtitle on this one: the final track on Lupus Sol’s 2012 eponymous CD is called “Wall of Iron (Hymn for Piano and CNC Machine)”. Well worth picking up. You should be able to get it from this guy.)

About Robert "Goat" Beveridge

Media critic (amateur, semi-pro, and for one brief shining moment in 2000 pro) since 1986. Guy behind noise/powerelectronics band XTerminal (after many small stints in jazz, rock, and metal bands). Known for being tactless but honest.

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