Martin...You ain't seen me SMILE:) When right kidney went necrotic and was misdiagnosed for a month...pain chipped or snapped off a tooth almost every other night. My smile is what kid's nightmares are about
I must have spent a couple hours roaming the house trying figure out that stepover question:)
I guess it all boils down to..If somebody asks me "Is that the best you can do?"...I want to answer "At that time...Yes."
I used to ask my carpenters that when I was building my Craftsman influenced house, and they weren't used to working on labor and material job(contract work where speed is important)...It was tough getting it through their heads for the first few months that it was OK to take extra time and do it so they'd be proud of it.
...10 years afterwards, the lead carpenter came back and asked if he could roam the house...I caught him nodding his head a couple times at some of the joinery, and I asked him "What!?"
He said "Yes, this was the best I could do"
Buttons taught me that some extra time on the machine, saved TONS of time down the road...Yes, I could make a batch of 30-60 in half an hour, but that turned out to be 3 times the finishing time.
Ya gotta remember that small Ballnoses are new to me, and things like Michael's Dragon have such fine detail, that ANY sanding is going lose some details...and I'll be darned if I'm going to run the toolpath twice to get rid of fuzzies!
Claro Dragon was 3% stepover just to be WAY safe, And I LOVED how the finish was as good as 400G sanded wood!
Cocobolo (now 95% sure of the species) WAS moved WAY up to 4% stepover!
Cocobolo was last piece of suitable that I had, so no do overs, and didn't want to muck it up.
I'll play with finding where the finish I like, and max speed meet, doing 1-2 hour files like the Lion sized ones.
I like being proud enough of my work so I can sign it...and I'm PICKY/HATE SANDING/ and I'M LAZY...and prefer to let the machine do the work!
THERE...Less than a 5,000 word personal history and explanation!
Oh...I bought another set right after I tried out the first one, also 1 more single of the .25mm R in both the .125 and .25"(3" length) shank.