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Old 01-19-2021, 10:19 AM   #201
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Do these things take a screenshot of a picture? Is there a catalog of designs or do you create your own?
There are tons of files available online, you just have to understand the toolpath process. Youtube had me a pro at Vcarve within a couple days.
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Old 01-19-2021, 12:28 PM   #202
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There are tons of files available online, you just have to understand the toolpath process. Youtube had me a pro at Vcarve within a couple days.
Thanks. I'll look into those. Looking for something unique for the guys in my men's bible study group.
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Very cool projects. When you have the lettering or cut out parts painted, do you have to paint all of them by hand?
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Very cool projects. When you have the lettering or cut out parts painted, do you have to paint all of them by hand?
I have sprayed and done it by hand. If you mask it off it's easy to spray if not, I just do it by hand and then sand the top for engraved letters/designs.
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Old 01-23-2021, 10:26 PM   #206
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Wine caddy
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Old 01-27-2021, 10:19 AM   #207
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I’m looking for someone with Vcarve in Houston area that wants to complete this simple sign, I only have Cut2D Pro and would be a lot more simple with Vcarve. No painting or staining. Just machine work. I can send CRV. Thanks.


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Old 01-28-2021, 12:20 AM   #208
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Making mostly cabinets with my cnc since recently purchasing it.
Victoria is as close to Houston as I get though. I can do vcarving. Feed rate for that is only like 80 ipm, how long does that file take?
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Iím looking for someone with Vcarve in Houston area that wants to complete this simple sign, I only have Cut2D Pro and would be a lot more simple with Vcarve. No painting or staining. Just machine work. I can send CRV. Thanks.


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I don't have V Carve but I'm sure we can get your file converted. How big and what material?
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Old 02-07-2021, 09:14 PM   #210
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A few things I did this week.

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Old 02-10-2021, 06:18 PM   #211
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Great work!
I just sold 15 shot glass holders to a local distillery/bar.

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Old 02-10-2021, 07:41 PM   #212
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Great work!
I just sold 15 shot glass holders to a local distillery/bar.

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That is Cool! Great job! What did you use to finish it?
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Old 02-10-2021, 08:05 PM   #213
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4/4 solid mesquite
Epoxy filled engraving and logo
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Old 02-10-2021, 08:25 PM   #214
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80, 120, 180, 220 sanding, then poly.
Poly wash raw wood around areas before pouring epoxy to keep from staining wood.
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:25 PM   #215
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Running multiple units. Face and planed to thickness then edge joined. Used double sided tape and placed each board edge to edge with right side all aligned with y0. In vcarve created overall size then added lines to show each board bc they are all different widths. Centered part file on each board and created toolpaths. So far it's working out great!
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Old 02-13-2021, 12:49 AM   #216
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Old 02-13-2021, 06:21 PM   #217
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Pretty cool talent here fellas
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:28 PM   #218
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Lessons learned:
1) Just because the routing is easy doesn't mean charge less
2) Finishing is a lot of work
3) epoxy fill is a lot of work

No one will ever pay the prices that should be charged.

MEASURE EPOXY BY VOLUME!!!!!
Unless you measure density and convert.
Mix per instructions! Do not skimp on these steps unless you want tacky not fully cured epoxy. Adding mice powder or dye slows the process. If you want "harder" epoxy let let it start heating up in the mixing container before pouring/dispensing. WARNING this will shorten the amount of time you have to dispense before it thickens beyond use.

To get really good epoxy finish one needs to sand 80, 120, 180, 220 then poly, wet sand, more poly, wet sand, wax.

Each sanding removes scratches from previous grit. At 220 I cannot feel the changes in any finer advancements.

90% of my products are Texas Mesquite kiln dried to 6-8% MC.
10% is Texas Pecan kiln dried to 6-8% MC.

I practice each file on "wet" Mesquite scraps I get from work.
Once the bugs are worked out I run on good dry product.

Ensure that you know thickness of each part ran. This is most helpful after knowing or planing spoiled board flat. I find myself milling ~0.020" off of boards even after running through a jointer and planer due to snipe. Otherwise you see tool runout for example a round over will be tangent on one end and have a 0.010" recess in opposite end. This isn't the end of the world but does lead to more finishing time.

Pay attention to toolpath sequence and think outside of the box to reduce tool changes.

I had 15 parts to make but all of my lumber was different widths. After planing to same thickness I drew the part file with lines at each thickness to show where boards were. Dimensions were taken from xy 0 end and measured consecutively to the end.ex. 0, 3, 5.875, 9.25, 11.625, etc. Thus was to reduce compounding error of trying to measure each board individually. Gorilla double sided tape was used to hold each board down. 3 pieces each running in shirt direction, left, center, right sides. All cutouts were left with tabs.

Although I charged $35/ea for 15 of these parts, which isn't too bad for 26 hours of actual labor, I should have charged 50+ due to the manual finishing labor involved. I'm already working on ways to reduce hands-on time after routing.
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Old 02-18-2021, 11:40 PM   #219
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Oh and I learned this after fooling around and cursing Fusion360...

I've used SolidWorks off and on since 2001 and using Fusion was frustrating.
If you join EAA, Experimental Aircraft Association, a benefit is the ability to download SolidWorks Educational Edition for free, well, not free, it'll cost you a $40/yr individual or $50/yr family membership.

This is well worth the investment, just know that any file you create will forever be coded so if you want to patent or produce any commercial product there could be repercussions.

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If a part requires 3D finishing profile then I create that, otherwise I am creating dxf's in AutoCAD or if it's simple then just using VCarve Pro.
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Old 05-12-2021, 06:21 PM   #220
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Texases made out of Pecan and some other fun stuff that I've messed with over the last couple of months.
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very good stuff!
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:23 PM   #222
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I added some epoxy to my bottle opener this eve

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That is a great idea!! Good Job
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Old 05-25-2021, 04:32 PM   #224
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Well I bought my gf a Glowforge and I must say the CNC Router is the better investment Lol. Something that takes 2-3 minutes to engrave/cut on my router takes about 30-45 minutes on the glowforge. They definitely compliment each other well.
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I'm a machinist by trade, I'm thinking of getting a router to play with when I retire. What are your favorite machines and why? Thanks!
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Old 06-07-2021, 04:50 PM   #227
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I have a Laguna IQ. Wanted a small machine capable of production. I can run 1/2" dia bit at 1/4" deep @ 100ipm in mesquite and Pecan hardwood. The kicker is making sure that you have a good clamping system to keep parts from moving and/or vibrating.

Machine weighs 400lbs which is mostly in the frame and base. This was a must so that deflection wasn't an issue. Found it on Craigslist for $3k barely used from an older gentleman. It paid itself off in about 60 days.

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Old 06-14-2021, 08:15 AM   #228
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Made some Christmas ornaments. They are roughly 4x4 and 7/16 thick.
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That is a great idea!!
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Old 08-26-2021, 10:15 PM   #234
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12"x16" wide x 1.5" thk walnut with blue mica epoxy

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Old 08-26-2021, 10:18 PM   #237
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Great job on all of these!! Is there a name or something written on the top of Texas on the wine glass things?
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For you DIY guys that run a cnc router at home for a hobby what do you think the best cnc is on a budget?
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Great job on all of these!! Is there a name or something written on the top of Texas on the wine glass things?
Nothing written on them, just the outline, cut out, and ring hole

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For you DIY guys that run a cnc router at home for a hobby what do you think the best cnc is on a budget?
I like Shapeoko. Good hobby machine.
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For you DIY guys that run a cnc router at home for a hobby what do you think the best cnc is on a budget?
It really depends on what you want to do.
Less expensive machines are affordable but tend to run at slower feedrates and shallower depth of cuts. If you are doing mdf painted signs they would be great. Hardwoods, I would think the increased time would price you out of resonable markets.

Look at the difference between machines that use routers and those that use spindles. My machine has an all welded steel base, linear guides, ball screws, and stepper motors with a 2.2kw spindle. The bed is 24x36 with a 5" Z axis. New it costs $7900, but I found this one on CL for $3400. It paid for itself in 90 days.

Doing clearance cuts for bowls/trays, I can do 1/2" deep cut with 1/2" diameter carbide endmill running at 150 inches per minute. Hobby machines won't come close to that.

There is a ton if info on the web to help compare and decide what is best for your budget, materials, and time allowance.

The attached picture is Brazilian Purple Heart and by far the worst wood I have touched so far. I had to cut all my parameters by 50% and it still made me nervous.

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It really depends on what you want to do.
Less expensive machines are affordable but tend to run at slower feedrates and shallower depth of cuts. If you are doing mdf painted signs they would be great. Hardwoods, I would think the increased time would price you out of resonable markets.

Look at the difference between machines that use routers and those that use spindles. My machine has an all welded steel base, linear guides, ball screws, and stepper motors with a 2.2kw spindle. The bed is 24x36 with a 5" Z axis. New it costs $7900, but I found this one on CL for $3400. It paid for itself in 90 days.

Doing clearance cuts for bowls/trays, I can do 1/2" deep cut with 1/2" diameter carbide endmill running at 150 inches per minute. Hobby machines won't come close to that.

There is a ton if info on the web to help compare and decide what is best for your budget, materials, and time allowance.

The attached picture is Brazilian Purple Heart and by far the worst wood I have touched so far. I had to cut all my parameters by 50% and it still made me nervous.

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Good information! I hope to get one some day.

Purpleheart sucks! It always seems to splinter and give me problems when I've used it. Actually trying to make it work on a project now.
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Fun stuff happening here. Full spalted Pecan looks like camo!

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This guy was sent to my friend in Alaska who just got hitched. He loves hunting moose and she loves Candula flowers.

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Finished these cutting and cheese boards last night.
Cutting board 1-1/2" thk x 12" w 17-1/2"
Cheese board 3/4" thk x 5" w 16"
Texas Pecan soaked in mineral oil for 24 hours and finished with beeswax
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Made these guys this past week. One to an LEO, one to New Hampshire and one to a local family.
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