I have been drooling over the threaded aluminium table for the (standard) SO3 for quite some time now, and I would have paid 400 bucks to get one if I lived in the US, but I don’t, and having it shipped it to here would almost double its price (shipping + crazy custom taxes), so that is not going to happen.
So, I’m ready to roll up my sleeves, source a cut-to-size 12mm aluminum sheet locally (France), then and get to work to drill/tap/chamfer holes myself (yes, I know the time & effort this is going to take, which is why I would have paid 400$ to avoid it…).
Anyway, I would appreciate some advice as to:
- the type of aluminium I should get ? (I am clueless when it comes to knowing the difference between the various 50xx/60xx/70xx numbers and what is a good choice for a shapeoko bed where rigidity matters and I still need to be able to drill holes in it without fancy drill bits). Does anyone know what Carbide’s threaded table is made of ?
- is 12mm / 2.5" the optimal thickness ? (by default I intend to replicate Carbide’s table dimensions)
- any specific pitfalls when selecting the Al sheet ?
- by any chance if anyone as a good source for a Europe-based supplier…
(@MrBeaver I know you made one last year, so I am counting on your advice :))