Although these commands are accessible via the terminal, I decided that I really wanted to have a nice pendant with easy to use buttons - and maybe a few extra buttons for future development! So grab your soldering iron and lets get to work!
Step 1: Components
What You Need:
- Soldering Iron/Supplies
- 10 wire Ribbon Cable
- (2) serial port connectors (one male, one female)
- serial cable
- (3) arcade machine buttons. I like Green, Yellow and Blue
- (2) switches
- Mushroom style E-Stop button (Mine came from ZenToolworks.com)
- Screw terminal block (I don't recommend the white, "European Style" blocks because they don't work well with small wires)
- Aluminum Enclosure
- Drill press with Step Drill (Amazon has step drills for $cheap$)
Here is a link to my Sparkfun wishlist:
Step 2: Plan
If you are interested in the GRBL pinout for other projects, check out this link: https://github.com/grbl/grbl/wiki/Connecting-Grbl
Once I figured out where I wanted everything, I used my step drill to drill some some big holes. 1-1/4" to be exact, my drill press really struggled, so be careful! Once the holes were drilled, I tested the fit of the buttons (to make sure they were not too tall) and checked the location of my terminal block. When I was sure that everything was in a good place, I glued in the terminal block and went to soldering....
Step 3: Soldering
Step 4: DONE!
I hope you found this Instructable useful, unfortunately I wasn't planning on doing a writeup when I made the box - thus the lack of pictures. Good luck and happy GRBLing!