15 Easy And Small Cnc Router Projects

The increase in demand for unique and customized stuff has made room for several small CNC router projects that can be made with little or no experience. Interestingly, all that is needed to start is just your CNC and wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

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Also, there are endless opportunities for projects from CNC routers because they come in a wide range of sizes. Therefore, you can get the one that will be the perfect fit for your home or shop space. 

Therefore, this article shall focus on small CNC router projects to sell for profit.

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Where To Find Free CNC Router Projects Files

All CNC routers make use of Computer Assisted Design (CAD) and G-code programs to carry out instructions. Therefore, CNC router owners must know how to program their machines or make use of pre-written programs.

For beginners, it is often a challenge to create designs that can be appealing to the public. But the good news is that there are resources that offer 100 percent free CNC router project files. Check them out below:

Some Important Materials For Small CNC Router Projects

The following are materials that are needed for CNC router projects:

Plywood – most CNC projects are constructed using plywood, especially birch plywood. Plywood is composed of many layers of wood panels which are essential in woodworking projects.

Baltic Birch – The Baltic birch differs from the birch plywood in that it has more solid wood veneers that are void-free and stronger. Besides, all resulting designs from the Baltic birch often come out with smooth edges and cleaner joints.

Some other important materials are; clamps, digital clippers, soft hammers, safety glasses, etc

Small CNC Router Projects

The following are small CNC router projects that you could try out

  1. Wooden American Flag

American flags are usually fast-selling any day or time, with different variations. So, this is a small CNC router project that you can sell on the local marketplace and start earning some money. Also, you might even decide to sell online to reach a wider audience.

Expected price: between $140 to $170

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CNC Burnt wood pledge of Allegiance Flag | Shapeoko 3 xxl project | vcarve pro
  1. Pencil Rest

This is an office or home décor that can be easily made and sold on platforms like Etsy. This is one of the simple CNC router projects that can be made even with a small CNC router. For example, transforming a small walnut board into 4 to 7 pencil rest. Isn’t this amazing? Sure it is

Expected price: between $34 to $42

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Making a Wooden Pen Case on the CNC
  1. Paint Brush Holder

The paintbrush holder is another small CNC router project that can quickly be made. It helps one to keep an organized workspace devoid of clutter. It can be sold on the local marketplace or online – though the image representation will play a vital role in its online sales.

Expected price: between $5 to $12

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How To Make a Simple Holder for a Paintbrush (Home Made)
  1. Cellphone Stand

Cell Phone stands are easy to make and can also be shipped at minimal cost, giving rise to a high-profit margin. There is an existing market for this already, both at the local marketplace and online

Expected price: between $6 to $25

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Making a Phone Stand | Michael Tyler's FREE Project of the Month | Vectric
  1. Wood Wall Maps
Photo of a world map; one of the small cnc router projects to make

The CNC router can be used in making the basic outline of your country, state, neighborhood, or even a topographical illustration of an environment. This can be simple or complicated depending on how you want it. Besides, you can make something small for the benefit of your online customers. They are a unique addition to the home or office.

Expected price: $92

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World map project CNC carved
  1. Wood Clocks

This is also an area where you can carve a niche for yourself – there are several of these on Etsy. This can be as simple as cutting out some numbers/letters on the CNC router and attaching it to a large round wooden space.

Expected price: $4O

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Wooden Clock cut on CNC
  1. House Number Signs

House number signs help house owners to add some creative appeal to the outside of their home. Also, you can add to its uniqueness by making use of contrasting colors and sleek fonts – which are currently trending.

Expected price: $95 to $100

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Making House Number Signs with a Router
  1. Wall Mounted Bottle Opener

This is a customized small CNC router project that can easily be made and sold to both local users and online customers. It can be used in the home, office, BBQ area, garage, etc.

Expected price: $22 to $35

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How to Make | Wall Mounted Bottle Openers!
  1. Door Signs

The making of the door sign is another way through which you can put your creativity to work – the possibilities here are endless. Besides, this could be in the form of seasonal signs, welcome signs, personalized names, and other signs.

Expected price: $41

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How to Make a Door Name Sign | ToolsToday
  1. Drink Coasters

Drink coasters are also one of the small CNC router projects that can be made and sold both to local and online customers. The profit margin here is high because it’s cheaper to buy it in bulk. 

Expected price: between $7 to $30

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Wooden Coasters using CNC
  1. Christmas Ornaments

Christmas ornaments trend during the Christmas holidays, so you can make some beautiful ornaments for people to beautify their space. Some of the Christmas ornaments include; snowflakes, snowmen, bells, stars, candy canes, etc

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CNC Router Makes Christmas Ornament 2020
  1. Coin Collection Display

The act of coin display is valued by many families whereas several homes just keep them lying in the closet. Therefore, this will help families show off their coin collections in an organized and beautiful manner.

Expected price: between $12 to $18

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How I Made a Walnut Coin Display
  1. Bottle Cap Holders

This can take any shape with the map style being the most popular – your creativity will go a long way here in making something that is unique and outstanding.

Expected price: $38

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How To Make A Bottle Cap Display Part 2 - Onefinity CNC Router Project
  1. Jewelry Box

This is another small CNC router project in which you can display your creativity. Some of the materials needed are Baltic birch plywood, hinges, sandpaper, magnets, white and transparent varnish, superglue, and hand planes.

Expected price: between $3 to $12

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How to make Jewelry Box with CNC machine
  1. Cutting Boards
Photo of cutting boards; one of the small router projects

Cutting boards are simple to make with the CNC router. It involves just having a basic shape cut out. Also, cutting boards are in high demand so there is already a market for your work.

Expected price: between $30 to $350

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make cutting board on cnc

Final Thoughts

Hope you have been able to draw some inspiration from the small CNC router projects outlined above? The possibilities are endless when it comes to CNC router projects that can be designed and sold for money. So, whether you are a pro or a newbie – these small CNC router projects should help you design something unique and admirable.

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