I was watching an auction for a CNC XYZ table on eBay that went for $300, item number 200198037915. I would have bid on it if the Z travel hadn't been only 2 inches. It was built from plans from hobbycnc.com and didn't have stepper motors or the machining tool but was otherwise complete. I felt lust in my heart, but that itty bitty Z travel bugged me, so I thought about what could be done to increase it. Here's my general idea.
My hope is that the blue-hatched stage can be made to take either a Dremel tool for CNC milling, or an extruder for fabbing. The result might or might not be self-replicative in a RepRap sense but it would be a cool toy.