I wanted to learn CNC so I started off with a simple project. I was in the market for a cribbage board so instead of buying one I thought it would be fun to make my own.
5 minute epoxy
black epoxy resin
CNC Mill (I have a Sherline 5400 but you could build your own . see www.buildyourcnc.com)
1.35mm End Mills (www.store.yahoo.com/drillcity)
7/64" Drill bit
flat wood scrapper
EMC2 (download from www.LinxCNC.org)
LibreCad (Opensource version of QCAD)
Step 1: Design the board.
I used LibreCad to design the board. You could use any CAD program as long as it can work with DXF files.