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by mfirlott
Sat Jan 16, 2021 4:31 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Cutting Boards with Inlays
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: Cutting Boards with Inlays

See this video for some serious skills. I'm hoping I can eventually reach this level of skills but I've a long way to go.

This guy (BroinWood) is simply amazing...

by mfirlott
Fri Jan 15, 2021 7:56 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Cutting Boards with Inlays
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Re: Cutting Boards with Inlays

Thanks ALL for the kind words. It has been quite the journey with lots of testing starting with small images into small blocks of wood as I refined my parameters. And like Randall said...I too encourage others to try this and putting a picture into wood using different species gives me a chill of su...
by mfirlott
Fri Jan 15, 2021 4:07 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Cutting Boards with Inlays
Replies: 12
Views: 359

Cutting Boards with Inlays

I finally was able, after lots and lots of testing, to get my Zank V-Inlay parameters down pat and have had great success.

Here are a few recent cutting boards I've done using Zank. They are all approximately 15" x 11" x 1 1/4".
by mfirlott
Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:33 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Best V bit for Inlays
Replies: 4
Views: 1490

Re: Best V bit for Inlays

For myself...my journey to better success came with... 1) I now use a 30 degree v-bit with a 0.005" flat tip. 2) I found that doing inlays into cutting boards with face or edge grain had lots of breakage depending if the bit travelled with or across the wood grain. When I make end grain cutting boar...
by mfirlott
Sun Dec 27, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Vector Selection Order
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Vector Selection Order

Wow...way cool Adrian. I’ve never done that before. In preview it looks exactly like what I was looking for to happen. Will run it on the next cutting board.

Thanks.
by mfirlott
Sun Dec 27, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Vector Selection Order
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Re: Vector Selection Order

Thanks Gary. Will give that a shot next go round.
by mfirlott
Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:31 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Vector Selection Order
Replies: 4
Views: 245

Vector Selection Order

Morning all. Hope everyone has had a great holiday so far and much turkey...I certainly ate my share. :D I've been doing some glue-ups for end grain cutting boards and most times, the board needs to be planed before I can run my inlays. I cannot do the job with my planer as it causes too much tear-o...
by mfirlott
Wed Dec 23, 2020 9:15 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: VCarve Inlay bit?
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: VCarve Inlay bit?

I agree with RN... Personally I have done so many tests using different bits, different depths, and many other changes to default bit parameters that I no longer count or number them. So far my best results are with end grain...seems to be less breakage on smaller parts due to grain direction not fi...
by mfirlott
Fri Dec 18, 2020 12:27 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)

Okay...just finished the test cut based on the above advice. Used both methods...reduced pass depth and reduced feed rates. Also for the Male Inlay, ran the clearance bit first then the v-bit. GREAT NEWS...not a single break in even the smallest or thinnest of pieces!!!!! Parts are now gluing up so ...
by mfirlott
Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Re: Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)

Thanks folks for the prompt replies. I think I'll try both methods...slow down a bit more and try v-carve first then clearance for the Male Inlay.

Will let you know how it goes over the next few days when I hit the shop again.
by mfirlott
Thu Dec 17, 2020 4:19 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)
Replies: 4
Views: 280

Suggestions for Improvement on V-Inlay (Zank)

Morning all...am looking for advice on how to reduce breakout of small and/or narrow pieces of a design when using the Zank V-Inlay method. I have tried so very many bits, feed, speeds, and most recently, pass depths to try and reduce the breakage of narrow pieces on the Male Inlay. Attached is a pr...
by mfirlott
Thu Nov 26, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Shadow Box
Replies: 5
Views: 347

Re: Shadow Box

Beautiful workmanship. Love it.
by mfirlott
Fri Nov 06, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue

Wow...good to know that. Thanks for this tidbit of wisdom.
by mfirlott
Mon Nov 02, 2020 7:16 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue

Thanks all. Looking forward to making more cool designs...but Mrs. says we already have too many. LOL...what does she know (she's not listening is she?).
by mfirlott
Mon Nov 02, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue
Replies: 13
Views: 818

Re: V-Inlay (Zank) with 30 degree bit - Time Estimate Issue

Okay...several tests later and now I've got it!!! Thanks everyone. Here's a new cutting board with inlays of a Musical Scale. It was supposed to be a maple board, cherry scale, then walnut notes but I was short on maple. To compensate, I used walnut for both the board and the notes but I put the gra...