SCG wrote:So, I've tried repeatedly to implement the use of vcarve feature, pocket, mirrored male inlay plug for vcarve inlays. I've followed every instructional resource available with no success. The mirrored "male plug" is always too deep and too loose for a proper fit. I've used the .2 flat depth for Pocket and .1 start depth, .1 flat depth for mirrored male inlay plug. It's wrong and never works. At least this is the case for VCP 9. My only" almost successful" successful v inlay was .15 pocket flat depth , .075 start depth and .075 flat depth on reversed male plug. It was very sloppy with way too much gap between the pocket and inlay piece. May have worked in VCP 8 but not in VCP 9. I no longer try to use this method.
1. The flat depth on the male plug sets the gap.
2. The start depth of the male plug determines how far the plug extends into female. I make it .02" to .04" less than the flat depth of the female.. The instructions, in my opinion, don't sink the male plug far enough into the female.
3. When properly cut, the two pieces will almost lock in place.
4 Be sure to use the same V bit on both parts, and be sure its angle is what you have specified for the tool. I used the wrong angle bit once and the pieces did not fit together very well.
And a hint: Apply a coat or 2 of finish to the female material before cutting. It will make it easier to clean up the glue squeeze out. And be sure to clean up both pieces before putting them together. I use a dental pick to remove any tiny unwanted pieces.
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