PGHMKT wrote:...I ran the first file with the star using the 60 VBit and for some reason, the vbit went very deep. Why would it do this? I zeroed out the bit on the surface of the work piece but it still went very deep. I've seen this happen before with some letters. The program didn't have a "flat depth" - should that be used? I used all the same size materials as suggested in the directions. Why would the vbit go so deep and what should I check to make sure it doesn't happen again?
PGHMKT wrote: The other issue I ran into was that the inlay on the second file was just a little too tight (or small). How do I reconfigure or recalculate (sorry, still new with all the terms too) the inlay to cut a little larger?
PGHMKT wrote:I do appreciate the help. As I struggle through the learning process, I do find these project very enjoyable to make - well, when all goes right.. After I get this one down, I am going to try the latest Solunar box.
highpockets wrote:Another great project Michael. Thanks.
One question: why use Acrylic Clear Gloss the finish with Matte?
I use the gloss to "build" a finish quicker and to not "dull down" the underlying grain in the process.
If I used the Matte for the entire process of building the finish, the particles contained in non-gloss formulas can create a somewhat cloudy appearance with every coat. So I'll usually use gloss for the "main" build-up and hold off applying a Satin, Matte, or Flat finish 'til last.
PGHMKT wrote:Michael, thank you for you help. I'm hoping the vbit was just a fluke. I plan on trying it again tomorrow. I will also look at the pocket offset. I guess when you check to see if it fits and it doesn't, you change the offset, then do you save just that tool path or do you create a new one?
I'm finding that the best way for me to learn is to just do these "easy" projects. I've been watching several of the videos and doing these projects, but I also find that I come up with several questions that I can't seem to find the answer. For example: I was using the .125 EM bit for this project. It was the bit that came in the Freud package when I purchased the CNC, the 1/8" O Flute straight bit. I noticed when it was cutting, there were times when it was either struggling to cut or running slow and would burn the wood. I don't know why it was doing this. Was my speed to slow? I have the water cooled spindle so it has the adjustable speed motor. When I started learning how this worked, I asked the worker at the store about the speed and said just run everything at 12000. I have been looking at getting new bits and noticed that there are some bits with one flute and others with two. Does this make a difference? Any recommendations?? I'm sorry, didn't mean to get off topic. But I do appreciate the help.
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