Spoilboard tooling

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Spoilboard tooling

Postby lundebc1 » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:08 pm

I recently completed a DIY CNC (Pictures in the Machine Gallery) and have spent the summer and fall tuning and playing with it. I had to use some shimming to get the spoilboard to be flat, (obviously some design-build errors), and had started to save up some money for additional tooling.

I came across a topic somewhere about spoilboards and the need to surface to help you get good Vcarving. I then looked at the size of my 1/4 inch tooling and decided I needed to look further, since I have a good size work area on my CNC, it would take quite while to surface my spoilboard. When searching for surfacing tools, all I was seeing was $200, $300 and higher indexable cutter prices!

That would not fit my hobby budget at all! Finally I came across a Whiteside 2 inch (1/2 inch shank) fixed tip spoilboard unit for under $60.00. I got it at carbideprocessors.com, but I am sure you can find it in other vendors inventories too.

Just thought I would pass this along, because surfacing with this 2 inch tool in my router was pretty fast and painless, but make sure if you are using MDF spoilboard, you have dust collection and wear a dust mask!
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Re: Spoilboard tooling

Postby IslaWW » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:02 am

USRouterTools has a 1 1/2" "stair" bit that works fine for $26

http://www.usroutertools.com/1-1-2-inch ... se1598.htm
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Re: Spoilboard tooling

Postby glenninvb » Mon Dec 05, 2016 1:29 am

lundebc1,
The package is misleading with "indexable inserts", likely a good 4 wing cutter for the money though, I use some Whiteside bits and they seem decent
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Re: Spoilboard tooling

Postby dealguy11 » Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:25 pm

I do surfacing with bottom cutting bits from Magnate. Very reasonably priced and they do a fine job.

http://www.magnate.net/SearchResults.asp?Cat=430136
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