Making A Flat-Pack Plywood Side Table With My New X-Carve And Review

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This was my first time using my X-Carve or routing anything on a CNC on my own. I found my way through, and it has me excited about the possibilities this is going to open up! In addition to going over my first project with the X-Carve, I also give my initial impressions of setting up the machine and familiarizing myself with Easel, the software the X-Carve runs off of.



▸ Incra T-Rule (the marking square thing) |
▸ Arm R Seal Urethane Top Coat |
▸ Gorilla Gripper (for carrying plywood) |



▸ Body – Panasonic GH5 |
▸ Lens – Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 |
▸ Lens – Panasonic 35-100mm f/2.8 |





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Alex Jahn says:

Is it just me or are you usually learning from reviews more about the reviewer than about the product reviewed?
Anyway keep it up 🙂

Nate Brooks says:

HA HA! Chris, i was waiting for the joke at the end. Well done. Also consider: At the end of your review, you say “the voice part of this recording has been overdubbed” while you are mouthing it in the video. Keep up the great work. Watched this video on my lunch break when do you clean up your saw dust?

Tim says:

The X-carve machine is cool. Still, I’m worried that you’ll use them too often in the future. It makes the process much faster and easier (Maybe not for you, because you have to deal with the machine, but in the video you can only see the milling head on the wood). Somehow you are away from the traditional woodworking (which is not necessarily bad). But as a spectator I want to see the process, the solution to difficult starting positions. When I watched other youtubers, I was disappointed when they used the cnc router more and more and ignored other possibilities.
I’m not generally against it, but I would be glad if you don’t use the cnc too often. Sorry for my english, I hope you can understand it and the intention.
By the way, I love your content!

Colin Whitehurst says:

Love that end table. Are you going to sell the files so we can print your designs and have some bad ass Chris Salomone furniture in our homes?

Hugo Danilo says:

Honestly. Stick to your normal builds. CNCs are expensive and not real woodworking. This is way below your skills. You’re more focused on the machine not the wood.

Seth Galitzer says:

Very useful review of the build process. I think that’s something most people don’t think about, or at least realize how complicated the process is. How long did it take you to assemble yours? And if you were to help a friend build one of their own, do you think you’d be able to do it faster?

No no says:

I just can’t get past the idea that the software that is necessary to use such an expensive machine is “in the cloud”. I know instructables says you can use any software, but if you spend time on their support pages, they basically don’t support any other software.

Josh Thomas says:

I’ve always wanted one of those, looks cool! Thanks for your review.

MAPEX says:

great video love your ideas

Tommy Kronholm says:

One guy puts his butt on a table….poor Dave 🙂
Nice one Chris, I have been thinking about a CNC and it’s nice to know what to expect. I love Lego so if it’s anything like that then I’m happy to build a CNC too.

Make or Break Shop says:

Looks great, awesome idea to produce some bigger pieces with the CNC! Also +1 to your thoughts on the build, the instructions do get a little hard towards the end and my SKU numbers were off as well.

FOMI1970 says:

personally , I think that this build has no (SOUL) comparing it to your previous ones , l am a bit disappointed , sorry.

The Wood Yogi says:

Very helpful and the table is great 🙂 ॐ

greenback001 says:

That side table design is nice. It would work well stretched out and raised to a table level.

Brian Prusa says:

You enjoyed being intimate with your xcarve? Does Dolores know this?

Travis Bryant says:

Thanks for the honest review and feedback. Looking forward to your future projects with it

Paulo Munoz says:

You make me sleepy dude!

Gordon Crago says:

I’m always impressed by your design sense; that’s a nicely proportioned table. I’m curious if you’ve checked out the “Design for CNC” book recently released by Make: and what you thought of it.

Brendan Spafford says:

I don’t have a CNC. I have checked out easel though. I assume you have thought of this.. you should put this up on the website and sell the plans. It’s nice see you talking to the camera. I’ve always loved your glasses. I work for a glasses manufacturer so just a passion!

Nathan Kinzy says:

Your assessment of the assembly process is spot on. I thought the directions got harder and harder to interpret the further I got into the build. Nothing too technically challenging, I just didn’t want to have to go back and remount something because the directions weren’t clear.

Tom Scapes says:

Another epic video. Nice review and keep them coming.

Fernando Coletta says:

I only hope you don’t stop doing just woodworking.. It’s the soul of this channel! 😉

Z says:

Here for meditation. You are an amazing maker!

Nathan Hamler says:

Does Easel ONLY work with the x-carve?? Or will it generate generic G-code that you can then use on another cnc router?? For instance, I like the easel software, but i want to run a different machine…will it work?

Joe Gravelle says:

If you end up keeping the x carve I’d invest in V Carve Pro. I can’t stand easel.

Or use Autodesk Fusion 360 since it can generate g code for the x carve.

Ariel Yahni says:

So who turned the camera off??? Nice you are into CNC now, its a different story than traditional woodworking but since you already design in sketchup you’ll have lots of fun 🙂

Nick Gann says:

Love it Chris. Waiting on my XCarve! Thanks for spending your time talking about this neat product and your experiences building, what turned out to be a great project.

Chris LeLong says:

I was one of the recipients of your gift card give away. Thanks You! Order a 750mm machine and I’m looking forward to incorporating into our workflow. I like the simplicity of the table.

Greg Thorne says:

I’ve done quite a bit of CNC work, and it’s always like that.

PRO: The machine does EXACTLY what you tell it to do.
CON: The machine does EXACTLY what you tell it do do.

Valþór Freyr Þráinsson says:

Nice work. No problem to be in front of the camera.

Bruce A. Ulrich says:

Good review, Chris! I really like the flat-pack table.

Kreith 32 says:

Man !!! X-carve rocks. Since I have my one I use it in nearly every project. Some you can see on my german channel. But it’s all English.
Was nice to watch. Love your videos.

Guderian says:

Very nice video.thank you

SuperSayainJesus says:

Using a CNC is not ‘doing’. You might be designing, but the CNC is doing the work.

JB Lewis says:

It sounds like the authors / editors of the x-carve documentation got tired / bored as they went along, and wrote less and less as they got further into the assembly process.

Emilio Carbajal says:

r u holding on to a calculator

Itz MeAgain says:

Thanks for the clear description and I like your style – entertaining as well as informative.. I have an older X-Carve and it was a kit but, as you said the instructions were good. I did have the same issues with SKUs but not too much of a problem. I don’t agree about Easel though. Free is good but I just could not get on with it and made lots of errors with it. I bought Vectric’s V-Carve and that suits the way I work – but it isn’t cheap. Thanks again and sorry for being long winded 🙂

Josh Fields says:

First time I️ skipped forward on one of these videos.

Joshua Tatro says:

“Thanks, Chris.”

Big fan, btw.

John Conklin says:

Another plus is the Inventables forum. Many people on there with many hours of seat time that are really good about helping you out.

Joey Vargas says:

Dude, I love your videos! I hope to be able to make videos like you one day! I plan on starting and recording my first video this weekend as well as plan everything out.


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Shaun Boyd Made This says:

Nice, man! I dig that it is a table specifically designed to be made with a CNC. I go back and forth with my opinion on them, but I can get behind this, for sure.

magicbazzo says:

To be honest I wasn’t following your channel as much as I used to, but this video change the game, I’m really happy to see that you’re using digital technologies in your work (besides sketchUp). It got me really exited as well, I’m really curious to see what you’re going to design next using your little CNC, I’m sure it will be really good! Cheers and nice work!

Hugh M says:

As you get used to using dogbones. You learn that you can make them less visible pretty easy with just bumping them over so they are more centred between both edges. Good project and review. The new kit looks like a dream to assemble compared to the original. Nice video as always 🙂

Dangit_Bobby says:

Are you trying to showcase the dogbones? I understand they’re inevitable, but if you tweak your toolpath, you can hide them.

Kyle Passen says:

Very nice!  Its good to see your first project after hearing about it on the podcast.  I hope that the purist wood workers have some understanding about dipping your toe into something new.  Its great see projects like this and the bent lamination and the evolution that keeps happening.  Keep doing it, but as always… no pressure.

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