How small/detailed can the Maslow cut?

I’m new to almost all of this, but as I’m setting up my machine I’m wondering how detailed I can get with my cuts. I know I can make stools, coat racks, furniture, etc., but what if I wanted to make something like a jigsaw puzzle or Settlers of Catan pieces. Can the Maslow do that? Does it just require getting a smaller bit?

Any ideas?


The motors can move in very small increments so I’m goin to say it will depend on the Endmill your work holding the material and the frame you build.

I would not say it’s reasonable to do wrist watch gears or small jewelry.

To see what CNC can do in this area you might look at Edward Fords book:

for greater accuracy look at the the Shpeoko or Nomad -

I hope that is helpful

Thank you

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i’ve cut 5mm holes with a 3mm bit, and the holes were exactly 5mm. Don’t know if that’s a good test, but i find it adequate.
A jigsaw puzzle requires a jigsaw, even the smallest router bit leaves too big a kerf.
I’ll try some meeples later, sounds like fun. I allready made one, but it was before the maslow and didn’t need much small detail :slight_smile:


Also keep in mind the material you want to use. Depending on that and how sharp your bit is you could get some tear out near your cuts. I tried doing some smaller detail with plywood (crappy plywood) and I had so much tear out that pieces fell out, ripped out or wood fibers lifted up making it not very pretty.

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Damn, i was very susprised at how well it came out. You should put some double sided tape on the back, just so the pieces don’t fall out, they are too small for tabs.
Also just realised that you asked for catan, but if meeples work, simple houses should work as well.

The limit is the bit diameter

Great, now i feel the need to make a few sets of meeples in different wood types for the different players. I hardly even play carcasonne any more, but it would look nice in my display cabinet. Thanks a lot, like i didn’t have enough to do allready.


What a nice family


Haha. That is amazing!!! Thanks for the demo. I’ll probably have to change the connector part of the settlers tiles to make them fit, but cool to see how much detail you can do!


the limiting factors are the bit size and the quality of the router/spindle

you can get bits down to 1/64" which could cut out a jigsaw puzzle, but the stock router does not have bearings that accurate so you would probably break the bits a LOT (also, a 1/64" bit doesn’t cut very deep)

now, if you replaced the router with a $150 200w CNC spindle and a different Z axis, you would have a much more precise motor that could handle smaller bits.

experimentation needed

@dlang I’ve already got a working router table …but bought a ridgid router today for the Maslow. It was around US$170.00. Do you mean I can get something far better for US$150?

Hi @Rory_Blake

Be careful with language here. If you have a full kit with ring and Z axis made for the Rigid router, you have a complete solution for a known configuration. For $150 you can get a CNC spindle with better bearings and a diffrent bit mounting system, with no mounting solution and a Z axis you also have to fabricate. The unknowns in that situation are either a fun challenge or black hole of new product development based on your skill set.

My point one has a know limitation and learning curve the other is open-ended. I think @Dag83 is mostly stock. @Dag83 can chime in if not please.

So a cool $150 shiny spindle could cost more to redesign for then the $170 bolt on. I will point out a large number of susses with the $170 solution.

The other way your taking on the roll of an engineer to redesign the system.

If you do please document and share it so it will no longer be an unknown.

Thank you


Experimentation needed?

In other words:
Experimentation is needed


the rigid is a ~1300w motor with a 1/2" chuck, bearings designed to make large
things, and a Z axis mechanism that’s usable. It retails for $159

you can buy a 250w motor with much better bearings, and a 7mm check that has no
Z axis mechansim for ~$150, then get a Z axis, modify the Z axis to support the
type of motor the maslow uses, and end up with a motor that will handle very
small bits/cuts much better than the maslow, but won’t be able to handle the
large work that most people get the maslow for.

David Lang

I’m European stock :slight_smile: which means the bosch pof 1200.
But also a big router with probably big tolerances.
I’ll try finding a smaller bit to see if i can make the pieces smaller