I came across Instructables in 2007 when I was thinking about building a CNC machine. I'm glad I did. So many like minded people making interesting things.
I eventually made a CNC wood router and she got named Bertha. When Instructables held the Shopbot contest last year It made me realize that I wanted to be doing CNC work as more than a hobby.
I didn't win the Shopbot and was sad for a week or so but that experience started the wheels turning towards the launch of a CNC business. I teamed up with my friend Rick this summer, we sold everything but our kids, started a business and called it Strata. We're providing precision metal and wood cutting services and loving every minute of it.
Bertha is a little dinky with a cutting area of only 2' x 3'. If we win this contest we would use the money to build her a big sister and grow our business.