To the layperson, CNC cutting may seem like an industrial-grade creation tool not meant for hobbyists.
This couldn’t be further from the truth, and companies like Maslow are working to bring large-scale CNC routing to all.
Maslow is home to one of the most friendly and accessible CNC communities around, changing the way we think – or begin to think – about CNC machining as a whole.
Their own Maslow CNC machine is a huge device that welcomes creators of all levels. It’s massive, it’s powerful, user-friendly, and affordable.
But what exactly is the Maslow CNC machine, and more importantly, what can you make with it? Here we’re going to look at this fantastic piece of tech as well as some of the coolest Maslow CNC projects the community has come up with.
With a little learning and a dash of your own creative juices, you’ll find yourself making some awesome stuff of your own in no time!
What is a Maslow CNC Machine?
Like calling a dictionary a book, referring to Maslow’s addition to the CNC world as a ‘CNC Machine’ is a little reductive, but not inaccurate.
The Maslow CNC Machine is a 4×8’ cutting machine used to cut, slice, and engrave flat materials like wood and plastic.
CNC routers of this size are often far more expensive, going for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars each. By comparison, Maslow CNC routers are a bargain by a very wide margin.
Unlike standard CNC machines, the Maslow works vertically, mounted to a wall. This design reduces the amount of floor space needed to work, but it does require you to create your own mount for the machine.
What this means for the consumer is a machine capable of making just about anything, from decorations and picture frames to furniture and even boats!
Coolest Maslow CNC Projects
Maslow’s focus on accessibility and creativity has cultivated a large community of users and creators who openly share their creations, some of which are hard to believe were made with a machine costing just under $1200 – and that’s the most expensive model.
The Maslow Community Garden is chock full of amazing things people have made with their Maslow CNC Machines.
Users are encouraged to post instructions so anyone can get out there and recreate their creations for themselves.
What this means for you is that you can get out there and make some wonderful and truly awesome Maslow CNC projects no matter what your skill level, because everything’s laid out for you.
So no need to feel intimidated, you only need to feel creative!
Collapsible Scout Bridge
The crossing of a bridge is a common rite of passage for young scouts across America, symbolizing the overcoming of a set of trials and tasks in further preparation for adulthood and independence.
The role of these bridges is usually filled by already existing structures, but one creative Maslow CNC user came up with this collapsible Cub Scout bridge so these ceremonies can take place anywhere, like somewhere specifically important to the graduates.
This bridge is a very cool project even if you have no need for Cub Scout ceremonies.
If you have a small ridge in your garden or simply want to spice up your outdoor décor with something new and creative, then this is definitely a Maslow CNC project you’ll want to bookmark.
Adjustable Standing Desk
I can’t begin to tell you how fast I piled on the pounds once I started writing professionally. Turns out bartending was keeping me fit!
Because of this, I’ve been considering a standing desk for a while, so I think this is the Maslow CNC project that speaks to me the loudest.
While they may seem uncomfortable at first, they can do wonders for you.
This creative designer used their Maslow CNC Machine to make an adjustable standing desk that’s easy to put together and invaluable to your workspace.
As the measurements stand, it’s about the size of a nightstand, with enough space for a laptop and mouse. But with a little tweaking, you can make a fully-sized standing desk that can hold a PC or house your tools.
Even if you don’t spend a lot of time at a desk, the constant sitting and standing when moving between your PC and CNC router for tweaking and measurements wears on the spine quite quickly.
I for one hate sitting for a moment only to stand up again on repeat.
So whether you want to improve your health, focus, or comfort, this adjustable standing desk is a Maslow CNC project that shouldn’t be overlooked. If you want something a little fancier, then why not check out this Maslow working desk instead?
If you live in a warm climate and like to work outdoors, then you’ll not find a more useful CNC project than this patio standing desk, which attaches to any railing securely with no need for fasteners!
If your head was filled with the sounds of 8-bit fighters, midi music, and beeping machines when you read the word ‘arcade’ just now, then this Maslow CNC project is the nostalgia trip for you.
This two-player tabletop arcade cabinet is your first step to making your own arcade machine in the comfort of your own home for all of the fun with none of the quarters!
This particular project is designed for a Raspberry Pi arcade project, but with enough creativity and engineering, you can turn this cabinet into any kind of arcade game you like!
If you’re a videogame fan and want a Maslow CNC project that you can work on over a long period of time, then this is a great starting point.
We’ve already discussed standing desks, but the Maslow CNC Machine’s potential goes far beyond a simple flat surface. It can make fully usable and amazing-looking furniture that you can cut and assemble yourself with ease.
If you’re brand new to woodwork, this simple dishrack is a good place to start.
While naturally, the shelf life of a wooden dish rack means you won’t be able to keep it around for too long, it doesn’t mean it’s not a cool way to spice up your kitchen.
For something equally simple to make with a Maslow CNC, but with a bit more use (at least if you’re me) then you should check out this cool CNC wine rack to show off your vintage vino and woodworking art at the same time.
Are you a BBQ fan who’s sick of lugging the dining room furniture outside every time you have an outdoor party?
Then why not use your Maslow CNC Machine to make this traditional picnic table?
The table template offered on the Maslow Community Garden is as simple as it gets and ready for customization.
You can tweak the design to make whimsical shapes or engrave your own fun message into the surface, whether you want to engrave your family name or immortalize the funniest apron you’ve got.
Speaking of family, kids need not be left out. This picnic table to go is the perfect size for the little ones to get in on the fun too.
If you still need more seats for special occasions but are lacking in room, then you’d do well to check out this flat folding chair. It’s a great, easy to build, and easier to use seat that takes up next to no space.
The genius, compact design means that the chair takes up no more space than a sheet of wood when folded into itself.
The Maslow Community Garden is also home to all kinds of unique and useful shelving units that are fun to make. From this rocket ship corner shelf to this all-in-one garage storage, you won’t find a better way to declutter your home in style.
If you still need more storage space to keep your house tidy, you can also check out other Maslow CNC projects like this mail organizer to help sort out all that paperwork, or this coat hanger to keep your foyer looking clean.
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