The idea started when researching ways to build an edge-lit acrylic sign for the family business - I could order custom laser cut acrylic from a company, or design and mill them myself. Since I started dabbling in electronics projects less than a few years ago with no prior knowledge, I though I would try a daunting project for someone with no engineering experience - a CNC Router. I spent a lot of time lurking on the http://cnczone.com forums, scanning through the various builds with my low budget and small space in mind. Nothing to be found under $500 and able to fit in my limited size duplex. So I made my own. What follows is a massive repurposing of various parts to bring total cost so far of this project to less than $250.