Another one of those cool “toys” I thought I would never be able to afford but lusted after all the same. With the availability of cheap stepper motors, driver circuits and free software (LinuxCNC), CNC mills are starting to become quiet affordable for home use.
Of course there are limitations. Just like my lathe this mill is only a baby, limited in its capabilities as far as speed, power and accuracy, there is no fair comparision to “real” CNC mills. But for most tasks that I will be using it for it is more than good enough.
This mill was built from a kit, purchased from Zen Tool Works. They sell pretty much everything you need to get a small CNC mill up and running, are quick to respond to emails and have a very handy Wiki style help area and forum.