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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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Old 01-19-2021, 04:00 PM   #203
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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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Old 01-19-2021, 04:15 PM   #204
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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 01-19-2021, 04:22 PM   #205
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Some recent projects

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Old 01-23-2021, 10:26 PM   #206
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Wine caddy
1" thick solid Texas Mesquite
Dried to 6-8% moisture content
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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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Old 01-28-2021, 08:14 AM   #209
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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
Minwax wipe on clear poly

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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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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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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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