CNC Mill/Lathe

I purchased a ScanTek 2000 ScanMill (a rebranded Denford Micromill 2000) that consists of a Sherline 5400 CNC milling machine inside of a steel case.   It is normally controlled via proprietary software (VM Milling 5) that controls a baldor NextMove ST motion control board. I removed the top card of the motion control board and wired up connections to it from a parallel port break-out board so that I could control the mill using LinuxCNC (or Mach 3). You can read about my process here:

ScanTek 2000 mill

ScanTek 2000 mill

Oh yes, I also have a matching CNC Lathe…


A previous project I did involved constructing an X/Y table using Ikea surplus drawer rails, and you can read all about it here:

X & Y table

X & Y table


Category Item Cost
Mechanical (IKEA AS-IS room) Base, X-platform, Y-Platform
X/Y linear rails (drawer pulls)
Raw Material (MDF board) for Z-cart & base
Mechanical (ACE Hardware) M4 screws, washers & nuts (servo mounting)
wood screws
SM screws & washers
2×1 x 8foot piece of wood
1-foot plastic tubing
4 foot 3/4 inch steel angle iron
Eight 1/4inch bolts, nuts, and nylon locking nuts for Z-axis bearings
2x 12 inch by 1/2inch black “nipple” pipe (z-axis)
100pc box of 6-32 machine screws and nuts (pipe adjusters)
Total Mechanical $51.25
(may be re-used on 2nd Gen router)
3 Surplus Linear Actuator (servos)
3 Stepper driver boards (kit)
Servo Serial Control Board
6 micro-switches
70.50 (AUD, or $44.52 USD)
65 (AUD, or $41 USD)
Total: $218.97

I expect to re-use the steppers and driver electronics in my 2nd gen milling machine. I also bought a “dremel drill press” to use as a temporary (human operated) Z axis on my first gen router for $15.

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  11. Jay I I’m doing your denford conversion using the bob you mentioned,I was wondering if you had a pinout for the 25 pin cable you used,there are tons of different versions out there,the one I have is a strait through cable with all pins going to the same number,some of these cables cross and I’m not sure of the one I need.
    Thank you

    • I believe I used a standard printer cable. I know that the one I bought from CNC4PC with the BOB was:
      SKU: A83

      I think that one worked fine to connect the BOB to my computer. However, I *THINK* the cable I used inside the mill was this one:
      C2G 02665 DB25 M/M Serial RS232 Cable, Beige (6 Feet, 1.82 Meters)

      I believe the important part was that it had a male plug on both ends. This allowed me to plug a regular parallel port cable into the outside of the mill and then into my computer.

      The photos here show that the cable I installed into the exterior wall of the mill has male pins.

  12. Howdy!

    Been following your Denford conversion with interest…

    I got the core parts of one on eBay ( and I’ve been slowly documenting the wiring with the intent to remove it from the base and mount just the stepper driver in a smaller case. (none of the original base/shroud was there) I don’t care about the motor control since I converted my Taig mill to use a large R/C brushless motor and will do the same with this one. (“large” is relative, my BL motor is about 1/3 the size of the Sherline motor!)

    Anyhoo, the one wire I haven’t been able to trace with certainty is the centre-tap on the transformer output. It may not be relevant, but I’m puzzled what it would be used for since the driver board gets 30V AC from the transformer and grounds to Earth.

    Any ideas?


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