Carbide Create: A Simple CNC Box

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For this tutorial we will use:

  • Width: 9.5″
  • Depth: 3.5″
  • Height 7.375″
  • Thickness(s): 0.5″ thick wood. 0.0625″ thick plexiglass and 0.125″ plywood
  • Inset: 0.125″ from front and back edges and 0.25″ deep

It is also necessary to determine the orientation of the box --- this particular case is envisioned as standing up, or hanging on a wall, more as a shadow box.

Launch Carbide Create and choose a stock size with reasonable proportions for your monitor and which is comfortably larger than all the parts involved:

CC asimplebox jobsetup.png

It is probably also helpful to go into Document Background | Edit and set the grid spacing to and integral value of the box dimensions --- 0.125" should be fine enough:

CC asimplebox jobsetup background grid.png

  • Ok
  • Ok

Draw in rectangles for the top, bottom, front, back, and sides:

CC asimplebox rectangle.png

  • 7.375″ × 3.5″ (top/bottom)
  • 3.5″ × 9.5″ (sides)
  • 7.375″ × 9.5″ (front/back)

Rearrange and rotate the rectangles as desired:

CC asimplebox rectangles.png

As depicted in the video (see the stills at: ) some parts must be inset / smaller than the nominal dimension of the box to allow for joinery. This becomes clear as one draws in the pockets for the joinery.