This is my plan for a enclosure/workbench for my new Shapeoko XXL CNC router based on Tony’s design (and incorporating the large acrylic window I saw elsewhere in this thread).
The cabinet portion is roughly modelled after the Dead-Flat Assembly Table from “The Wood Whisperer” (new users are only allowed to include two links apparently, so you’ll have to google to find it) with the most significant modifications made to enable it to break down into components small enough to fit through the very cramped hallway area at the top of my basement stairs. At the moment the ceiling height in the space I have to work with is also insufficient to permit building the enclosure as tall as I want it (at least 6" taller than the Shapeoko based on Tony’s feedback) AND incorporate a torsion box, so I am planning to make that upgrade at a later date.
I have a few questions that I haven’t been able to find answers to on my own though. This is my first real foray into furniture building so I’m in unfamiliar territory and could use some help.
I’ve planned to use 3/4" plywood for the bulk of the construction, however, I’m unclear what kind of plywood exactly. I’m looking for the most economical option that’s still sturdy enough to take some abuse. I’m not overly concerned about appearance but don’t want the corners splintering or panels warping. Would this do the trick or should I be looking at something a step up like this?
Are the big box stores (Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rona) a reasonable place (price wise) to buy my materials or is there a potential to save a lot of money elsewhere? The big three all offer delivery or cargo van rentals which is a plus for me considering my daily driver is a Mazda Miata.
That’s all for now, but I’m sure I’ll have bunch more questions very soon. Thanks for the inspiration everyone!