The LongMill is designed to be mounted to a wasteboard provided by the user. This is a sheet of material on which the LongMill mounts to, and what the material you will cut will sit on. The wasteboard is designed to be cut into and replaced when needed.
We do not ship LongMills with a wasteboard because:
We recommend a flat, clean piece of 3/4″ MDF as your wasteboard. However, any thick, flat piece of material that you are able to screw into will work. You can see our full Guide Document on preparing your working surface, here.
You can ask your local lumber or hardware store to cut it down to size if needed.
|Area Name||Configuration||Width [mm]||Length [mm]||Width [in]||Length [in]|
|Foot Base||12×12||610||525||24||20 11/16″|
|Foot Base||12×30||1100||525||43 5/16″||20 11/16″|
|Foot Base||30×30||1100||1024||43 5/16″||40 5/16″|
|Total outline||All||250||+88||+1 5/8″||+3 1/2|
Some things to be mindful of:
To ensure that your machine is mounted securely and accurately, we’ve created a series of steps to help you do so. We highly recommend following these steps exactly, as the order of these steps matter. You’ll need a computer to be connected to the machine in order to align it properly.
We will start by checking the tension of the Delrin v-wheels. As we did in the previous steps, we want to make sure that the wheels barely turn with our fingers by adjusting the eccentric nuts.
We will also properly tension the Delrin anti-backlash nuts. Turn the tensioning screw a little bit at a time. Check for play by moving the gantry back and forth and seeing if there is any excess movement. Do not over tighten, usually a half turn is more than enough.
Gently put your LongMill on the wasteboard. Shuffle it over roughly where you want it. We typically like to leave room on the left side for the electronics box to sit. In this case, we actually had to get the MDF cut to 42 inches to be able to fit it into the car. So we’ll just be mounting it in the middle as there is not enough room for the electronics box to sit on the side.
Once positioned, start by moving the machine all the way to the rearmost position by jogging in the y-axis on your control software. Keep moving backwards until you hear a grinding coming from the motors on both sides; this is to confirm that your machine is all the way back and it aligns the left-side feet to the right-side feet.
We’ll start by mounting the right side of the machine. Using a drill with a long Robertson driver or a short one on a bit extender works best for driving in the screws so that you have the necessary reach. You can use the particle board screws provided, or use your own mounting hardware depending on your material or its thickness, but please ensure that you don’t use counter-sunk wood screws to attach the feet as this will crack them.
The screws included are 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, and 2″ size #8 particle board screws. Each foot has two holes for mounting where the shortest screws are meant for the inside and the longer one are for the outside. Please note that the 2″ screws WILL go through 3/4″ MDF, but were still included since they can hold the LongMill feet down better. If you choose to use them, make sure that the surface under the wasteboard will not be damaged if you have screws coming out the bottom.
Alright, begin by moving the machine a couple of inches forward and mount the inside of the top and bottom feet using two wood screws (1-1/4″).
Next, we’ll put screws in the other two spots on the same side, this time on the middle feet.
Now fasten the diagonal mounting points of all the right-side feet using the longer screws.
At this point, one side of your machine will be fully secure. The technique to make sure the other side is mounted parallel to the first side is by running the gantry between its limits and mounting the other side as you move it along the length. Start by mounting the top left foot on the inside:
Move the machine down so that it is roughly in the middle of it’s length, then secure the insides of the next two feet:
Finally, move it to the front and secure the inside of the front left foot:
Now move the machine again to the middle spot and use the longer screws to finish mounting the feet using their diagonal mounting holes.
Your machine should now be fully secure to the wasteboard. From this point, you should be ready to get cutting your first jobs! If you’ve got the touch plate or the dust shoe add-ons alongside your machine, you can see our pages on how to get those assembled and set up:
You can also move on to the next page if you’d like to try out one of our easy starter projects ->