Hello folks! Hope everyone is ready to gear up for the holidays, I know I am. This may be one of my last posts until the new year, I'm flying home (across the US) for Christmas break starting Friday, so I'm busting my butt to get a lot of stuff done before then. So, enjoy the show! We got a new granite inspection table this week. This thing is incredibly heavy (I'm guessing over 1000 pounds): Side Pieces: This weekend I've been working on the side pieces and the backplate. If you recall my design, I have to make to of the following pieces: These pieces were rather big, so the aluminum was hard to come up with. We had a piece of aluminum 9.75" in diameter (cylinder) and almost 3" thick. I couldn't cut the piece in half to make both of the sections, but if I cut it 9mm off center and then stepped across the centerline 9mm to the other side, I could fit the 2 pieces in!! Yay for me! Also...this thing took forever to cut in half. The aluminum bandsaw blade snapped (and I about pissed myself) so I had to use the steel bandsaw. Took about 30 minutes to cut through . This is how big this chunk of aluminum is: Putting it in the CNC, I faced the top and the sides to get a nice 0,0,0 position: After facing the piece, I cut an inch or so off of the other side to get the piece closer to the final size. I milled the alignment holes in each side, then I roughed it out (CNC go go!). Then I finished the piece with a long, small ball end mill. Seems like I forgot to take a finish shot. That'll be in my next update. Motherboard Backplate: Since I didn't want to spend all night at the machine shop, I chose something easy. Here's what the piece should look like: Cut the piece out of 1/16" aluminum: Cutting the pattern! Prying the piece of aluminum off of the plexi (very good double sided tape) was a pain in the butt. Did I ever mention I hate sanding aluminum? That gunk sticks to your hand. Final shots!