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How to Use a Mobile CNC Router

Ask This Old House carpenter Nathan Gilbert demonstrates a mobile CNC routing machine.


  1. Start by creating a work surface for the router using the marking tape. Place the tape roughly 3-4” apart and leave space in the middle for the material being cut to go in.
  2. Scan the work surface using the CNC router and it should calibrate automatically.
  3. Import the desired logo/file/etc. that’s going to be cut and place it on top of the material through the scanner.
  4. Using the screen as the guide, hover the router over the outline of the file image and let the router cut the material.


Nathan demonstrated the Shaper Origin mobile CNC, which is manufactured by Shaper Tools. The tool comes with special marking tape that can be used on any surface to act as the work space for cutting.

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