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by RyanS
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: box joints using dovetail gadget
Replies: 7
Views: 2654

Re: box joints using dovetail gadget

Look into the "Fingermaker" software. It isn't very expensive, and worth every penny.

You will make perfect finger joints / boxes with the material laying flat. You can find some old threads here if you search for it.
by RyanS
Sun Sep 11, 2016 12:19 am
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Job Orientation - Is there a way to NOT rotate the Project?
Replies: 29
Views: 9131

Re: Job Orientation - Is there a way to NOT rotate the Proje

Why not just swap your x and y on your controller? Are you using Mach 3?
by RyanS
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:53 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: How can I cut a sign that is longer than my cut area?
Replies: 7
Views: 2007

Re: How can I cut a sign that is longer than my cut area?

I've done this quite a bit. I just got a Handibot - and that makes it a little easier, although so far I've had better results on a standard table. The easiest way to do this is to have 1 edge of your CNC milled parallel to the router. I keep my CNC spoilboard a little shorter in the Y axis than wha...
by RyanS
Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Question about wood or ?
Replies: 6
Views: 1832

Re: Question about wood or ?

Are we talking signs?

You can look into Colorcore. It is a plastic material with one color on the outside and another on the inside. I believe it has a .05 surface color - and it comes in sheets. You can find inexpensive cutoffs in the sizes you are talking about on Ebay/etc.
by RyanS
Wed Mar 16, 2016 7:08 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: How to colour infill
Replies: 4
Views: 1565

Re: How to colour infill

Lots of options! As mentioned above, paint is an option. I've personally had the best results with Marsh stencil ink (get it from amazon) with shellac as a sealer. I use shellac as a finish as well if it is for something indoors. Some other options - I tried Timbermate wood filler. Doesn't shrink. S...
by RyanS
Sat Mar 12, 2016 5:31 pm
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: Change spoilboard?
Replies: 19
Views: 6813

Re: Change spoilboard?

There are a million different answers to this question. The simplets way is to put a screw in the four corners. Preferably where you won't be milling, of course. Simple and effective, but sometimes time consuming and it will make a mess of your spoilboard quickly - so you will have to resurface it e...
by RyanS
Mon Feb 29, 2016 1:07 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Glue ups
Replies: 16
Views: 6118

Re: Glue ups

For something like a crosscut sled, many people will use brad nailers or screws. If you are gluing a 90 degree angle - and you own a speed square you can clamp to the square. If you don't have a Kreg jig, they are very useful. You can get the small version for about $30-40. Kreg then makes a 90 degr...
by RyanS
Fri Feb 26, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Dovetail bit
Replies: 4
Views: 1567

Re: Dovetail bit

You can use the keyhole toolpath gadget if you have the pro version.
by RyanS
Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:05 am
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Woodgrain first attempt- looking for advice and tips
Replies: 21
Views: 11201

Re: Woodgrain first attempt- looking for advice and tips

Yes - without the 3d carving, you won't get results like those first two pictures. If you are wanting to do it with the texture toolpath, you can either offset everything and have a little border around it. Otherwise, as others have said, do a full grain texture of the back, then make shallow pocket...
by RyanS
Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Woodgrain first attempt- looking for advice and tips
Replies: 21
Views: 11201

Re: Woodgrain first attempt- looking for advice and tips

I can't speak from experience - this is something I've started researching but never done. I do recall someone saying they find a wood grain picture online, import it, and make a 3d model/texture out of it. That's the only way I can see that grain butting up straight against the pieces you show. You...
by RyanS
Mon Jan 18, 2016 3:06 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: cncconversionkit.com
Replies: 11
Views: 8221

Re: cncconversionkit.com

Just my opnion - I don't own either - but Cncrouterparts has much better reviews on thier machines. They are nearly comparable price wise.

This has definitely peaked my interest, though, since cncconversionkit is only 1 hour from me.
by RyanS
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:25 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V-carved cedar sign finishing options
Replies: 6
Views: 3475

Re: V-carved cedar sign finishing options

I've also thought of trying a clear automotive enamel - but from what I read it sounds like a hard finish like that would be prone to cracking if the wood moves too much?
by RyanS
Tue Sep 29, 2015 1:10 am
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: V-carved cedar sign finishing options
Replies: 6
Views: 3475

V-carved cedar sign finishing options

Just wanted to check in and see what the latest 'best' finishing is for cedar signs - specifically an outdoor finish. I've done a lot of reading and experimenting, and here is my typical process: 1) glue panel if necessary, sand and put 2 coats of shellac on top 2) V-carve sign 3) spray shellac over...
by RyanS
Thu Dec 18, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Any tips for doing Bitmap trace?
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: Any tips for doing Bitmap trace?

I'm hardly an expert - but I have noticed Black & White gives excellent results vs color.
by RyanS
Wed Dec 17, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Large area clearance
Replies: 5
Views: 1986

Re: Large area clearance

For instance - I was using a 1/4 end mill + 90 V-bit. I did notice that a 1/8 end mill made the edges near where the v-bit and clearance tool meet a little better. That was all I really wanted to know - I wasn't sure if I should expect a slight difference and try to make my cuts/designs to reflect t...