My machine is a Shapeoko http://www.shapeoko.com/
Workflow Tutorial (this is how I learned and what I showed you roughly) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P__6HAEeiIk
I store things that I am working on online in a wiki. Wikiwiki means fast in Hawaiian. It is a web editable web page. It came before most blog software. For me it is a convenient way to keep track of things online.
Misc Hardware: Makerslide: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/makerslide Arduino: http://www.arduino.cc/