Ever asked yourself the question: what can I make with my CNC machine? Here are 100+ ideas you can try with the material of your choice (wood, metal, carbon, etc.), and different levels of complexity for beginners and pros alike.
In many cases, you’ll find a link to the CAD & G-Code files available for free.
Let yourself be inspired by the below list, and make sure to share your creations with us so we can pass them forward. We will regularly update this article with new CNC files & ideas.
Interior decoration & furniture CNC projects
Deer bike rack
Sometimes it feels like we never have enough space - how about creating a storage space for your bike like this beautiful deer bike rack?
Project files by Sufu available under Creative Commons license on Thingiverse.
Vinyl record holder
This is a great CNC project for beginners looking to experiment with their machine and prepare some gifts for their friends and family.
Metal Voronoi box
You don’t want to create a simple box? Here’s one that can be a bit more of a challenge, both due to the cool Voronoi design of its faces, and the material it’s made of.
Step-by-step instructions and files are available on Instructables thanks to Sweet Honey Spot.
Star-shaped candle holders
These simple candle holders are another good project to try your hand at CNC milling - they are star-shaped and can contain a tealight candle.
Project files available on Mekanika.
Pet toys basket
This is a project for dog and cat lovers who have bought dozens of toys for their favorite house pet. You’ll find a few different types of containers in this list, but that's the beauty of CNC machines: the possibilities for customization are endless.
Project files available on Scrollsaw Workshop.
Flat pack Christmas trees
If you want something different from the traditional organic Christmas trees, these flat pack alternatives can be made in different sizes and materials.
Project files available on Mekanika
Christmas tree ornaments
3D wooden bow-tie
Project files available on Mekanika
Combined stepladder & stool
This is actually a project made by our friend @panama_workshop, a Maker from Lithuania, with his Mekanika EVO CNC machine.
Skateboard wall hooks
We actually hesitated to put this project in the "Art Pieces" section below because some skateboards are worthy of museums. But anyhow, this is another simple CNC project for beginners.
Project files available on Mekanika
Flat pack coffee table
This is a more complex project that uses additional tools on top of a CNC machine, but you’ll have to admit the result is pretty cool.
Step-by-step guide available on Instructables thanks to Evan and Katelyn.
Paper towel holder
How about this Viking-inspired paper towel holder by Epic Workshop?
Design lamp frame
Wooden vase (like
Toilet paper holder
CNC files available on Thingiverse thanks to Zenziwerken.
Cooking & kitchen accessories
Jam, honey or spices display
I personally fell a little bit in love with this beautiful project for a honey jar display - but you could easily imagine adapting the instructions & plans to fit whatever you want to put in there, whether we’re talking jam, honey or non-food items.
Another nice CNC project for beginners - try milling this simple cutting board that will delight any cooking enthusiast.
CNC Files available on Mekanika
Or if you want to do something more advanced, and you’re a Star Wars fan, you might like this Death Star cutting board CNC project, courtesy of Steve Moseley on Instructables.
Carved tea box
This one is for tea lovers, with another great step-by-step guide by JohnW539 on Instructables.
Plates or serving bowls with creative shapes
Deer bottle holder
Here’s another holiday-themed CNC project that can be a good fit for beginners - this deer bottle holder will look great on your Christmas dinner table.
Project files available on Mekanika (G-Code & Fusion 360 project)
Coffee clip and spoon
This is one we could use in Mekanika’s office, as we are fervent coffee drinkers - another nice, simple CNC project that you’ll use in your everyday life.
Heads up, you’ll need to have a few CNC projects under your belt before tackling this one.
"Noise-reducing beer bottle holder"
Who wouldn’t want this Spartan warrior in their kitchen? Here is the CNC project file, with pointers included.
How do you make your cakes look even more amazing? Stage them on a beautiful cake stand - and with a CNC machine, those are actually not that hard to make. Here's a step-by-step guide, almost in recipe mode, by Kati from Houseful of Handmade - with the Easel CNC file included.
Another great small creation from the Scrollsaw Workshop - this little ducky pan vent to keep your lids open just the right amount. Love the maker's reasoning about why he includes those little guys in his product selection.
Wine glass holders
Files available here on Thingiverse thanks to CNCRouterParts.
Shark & hook bottle openers
Thought you'd enjoy these (beer!) bottle openers. Just have a look at this nice design provided by Benglish on Thingiverse.
Desk organizer with slot for phone & earbuds
Another great Instructables project that is just begging for the CNC files to be created - props to Bevelish Designs for this great-looking desk organizer.
Wooden egg speakers
This Instructables creation by Marcosproject was realized using Fusion360 and a CNC machine.
CNC files available on Thingiverse thanks to CNCRouterParts.
Custom keyboard caps
Branding & signage
Here's one we created live during the 2022 Lille Maker Faire for one of our neighboring booths.
House names or numbers
Personalized door hanger
3D carved keychains
Instruments, toys and games
Here's another intermediate project to explore the 3D possibilities of your milling machines, with G-Code & Fusion 360 files included, straight from the Mekanika open project library. Make sure you use solid wood for this project, as anything less will cause blisters to its future users.
This solitaire game was created by Kevr102 on his CNC milling machine, using a Fusion 360 project. Thank you for sharing it on Instructables!
The perfect project for intermediate woodworkers living in areas with a snowy season.
This is an intermediate-level CNC project to hone your skills before taking on the acoustic or electric guitars described below!
Here's where you can find the original tweet from the German YouTuber CNC Kitchen.
Jewelry & self-care
Here’s how Dieter Schneider, a German woodworker and YouTuber, recycled scrap wood that was just lying around in his workshop into a beautiful jewelry box, engraved with a monogram. Do you have some spare material lying around that you can transform?
CNC Workshop equipment ideas
This tool rack project was submitted to the Mekanika project library by French woodworker Le Bois d'Artegus, and should fit most tools used in CNC milling.
This is another cool project from the Mekanika community - this glider enthusiast uses his EVO CNC machine to mill parts for small planes, and the result is just amazing!
Heads up, this is an advanced project - whether you're interested in mapping the Como lake region or a section of the French Alps, the step-by-step guide and files to make a topographical map are available on Mekanika.
Bronze sword mold
What can you do with a Mekanika EVO CNC machine? Well, the possibilities are endless... but they do include a bronze sword! Thanks to Black Beard Projects for this very cool video.
Want to add to the list? Contact us, we'd love to feature your latest CNC creation!
Mekanika is a Belgian startup based in Brussels whose ambition is to make local production more accessible. We produce desktop machines for screen printing and CNC milling, which have been recognized for their quality and ease of use, with open source plans allowing makers to adapt their tools to their specific needs.