Search found 10 matches

by steve323
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:23 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Drilling and Carving Issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1249

Re: Drilling and Carving Issues

OK, I looked around the Stepcraft D840 on the web site. Looks like the Stepper motors are .5 newton meters or 70 oz-in of torque. I just don't think you have enough power to be plunging those holes the way you are doing. Slow down --- AND --- rethink your hole making strategy. The Stepcraft web sit...
by steve323
Sat Nov 16, 2019 6:47 pm
Forum: Gadgets - General
Topic: Building a Font
Replies: 6
Views: 2061

Re: Building a Font

Does each letter become a gadget? Here is a method I used to create inlay fonts. I wanted to see how small the letters could be made and still be cut with a 1/8" router bit. Some letters like M, N, and W would look really bad without sharp inside corners. The solution was to break the inlay into mul...
by steve323
Wed Jan 30, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Z-axis touch plate probe. Experiences?
Replies: 4
Views: 2479

Re: Z-axis touch plate probe. Experiences?

The height accuracy is not an issue after it is calibrated for your machine. It becomes a constant that gets subtracted during the calibration routine.

Steve
by steve323
Tue Jan 22, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Z-axis touch plate probe. Experiences?
Replies: 4
Views: 2479

Re: Z-axis touch plate probe. Experiences?

I use a similar probe and it works great with Mach3. There are routines on the web for the algorithm. I modified the routine to print the amount of Z-height change. Back to back Z-height calibrations will typically be less than 0.001" on my machine. If your spindle is grounded, then you don't need t...
by steve323
Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:33 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: So much sanding after changing bits
Replies: 9
Views: 2648

Re: So much sanding after changing bits

Maybe the 1/8" bit has a bit more flex than the 1/4" bit. Would the lines go away if you raised the 1/8" bit a very small amount? My touchplate it handheld. I move it manually to the location where I want to reference. A sheet of paper or a playing card under the base would result in a small offset ...
by steve323
Tue Sep 25, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: An Alternative to the Bandsaw for Removing Inlay Backing
Replies: 34
Views: 10930

Re: An Alternative to the Bandsaw for Removing Inlay Backing

This is a great forum for finding new ways of doing things. The suggestion about using the CNC to remove most of the material is brilliant. I slap my forehead and ask why didn't I think of that. The radial arm saw is another good idea, especially with a dado head. Much faster than programming a patt...
by steve323
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:04 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: An Alternative to the Bandsaw for Removing Inlay Backing
Replies: 34
Views: 10930

Re: An Alternative to the Bandsaw for Removing Inlay Backing

Did the aluminum strips allow a clean surface with the reciprocating saw? It seems like they would get completely chewed up if the saw blade had any tooth set.

Could you also just attack the waste board with a belt sander? Use coarse grits until it gets close to the final surface.

Steve
by steve323
Tue Sep 04, 2018 7:12 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Anyone doing epoxy inlays successfully?
Replies: 69
Views: 30189

Re: Anyone doing epoxy inlays successfully?

potzmannwoodshop wrote:
David Rueth wrote: I have found wood like poplar will bleed no mater what I try.
Use a closed Grain wood like maple, birch, cherry or hickory
The OP didn't seem to mention what wood species he was using. It would seem like anything with that much bleeding might not be a good choice for a cutting board.

Steve
by steve323
Wed Jan 03, 2018 11:00 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Gantry flex
Replies: 24
Views: 4773

Re: Gantry flex

The Shark HD4 listed in the OP's profile appears to be reasonably solid. I have a homebuilt system with a similar layout. My Y axis has 2 36" long parallel rails spaced about 4" apart. Each rail is 1" diameter steel. The problem is that any flex in the rails is magnified because they are so close to...
by steve323
Thu Dec 21, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Clock gears
Replies: 15
Views: 3648

Re: Clock gears

I use screws in the waste area inside the spokes. This gives at least 3 solid contact points to hold the plywood to the sacrificial board. Cut the teeth first, then cut out the spokes with tabs to hold the gear in place. I use fillets with a 0.6" diameter so I can clean up the tabs using the small s...