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by FixitMike
Mon Sep 28, 2020 4:37 pm
Forum: PhotoVCarve - General
Topic: Need advice on finishing "sides" of wood
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: Need advice on finishing "sides" of wood

Two solutions that are often used: 1. Apply a coat of sealer to the end grain before staining. (Shellac or other.) 2. Sand the end grain with sandpaper that is one step finer that what you use on the other surfaces. Both methods reduce the amount of stain that is absorbed by the wood. Try on a piece...
by FixitMike
Thu Sep 24, 2020 4:48 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Efficient pocketing
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Efficient pocketing

And an even easier method:
Pocket with 3 tools, using the smaller tool twice. Then use only the first two toolpaths (The ones with "Clear" in their name.) It works!
2 mill pocketing.crv
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by FixitMike
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:42 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Efficient pocketing
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Efficient pocketing

The file for my method:
2 mill pocketing.crv
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by FixitMike
Thu Sep 24, 2020 3:38 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Efficient pocketing
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Efficient pocketing

I'm confused. What is it that you want to happen that isn't already handled by the multi-tool pocket toolpath? The smaller tool makes a finish pass around the profile, even where the profile has already been cut by the larger tool. The desire is to eliminate this pass where it is not needed. I susp...
by FixitMike
Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:38 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Efficient pocketing
Replies: 12
Views: 377

Re: Efficient pocketing

What I did that seems to work: 1. Make a copy of the pocket on a new layer. Turn off the orig layer and make the new layer active. 2. Offset the closed vector inward by the sum of the radii of the two bits plus .01" I.e if using a 1/2" and a 1/16" bit, offset .3325". 2a. Turn on a 3rd layer and make...
by FixitMike
Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:12 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Pocketing a long U shape
Replies: 10
Views: 408

Re: Pocketing a long U shape

3 ways:
1. Moulding toolpath
2. Multiple parallel vectors with the fluting toolpath.
3. 3D carve a Clipart 3D tab (circular) (subtract).

3D carve example:
Half circle pocket.crv
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by FixitMike
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

Mine was on E-bay. It has been years since I bought it.
by FixitMike
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:51 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: What is the best router?
Replies: 3
Views: 173

Re: What is the best router?

Consider also getting a superPID speed control. It will allow router speeds down to 5,000 rpm. At the slower feeds, stock router speeds are way too fast for most woods. You want to make chips, not dust.
by FixitMike
Wed Sep 09, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: edge lit acrylic sign question
Replies: 13
Views: 693

Re: edge lit acrylic sign question

Agree with using the engraving toolpath and cross hatch, have had good success. Shallow depth, but make sure the Plexiglas is flat. I don't mean flat, I mean really FLAT. You etch so shallow you might miss spots otherwise. A diamond drag tool is usually spring loaded, so it can compensate for consi...
by FixitMike
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:13 am
Forum: Hardware related questions
Topic: What is difference between CNC Shark II and Next Wave - SHARK HD400?
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: What is difference between CNC Shark II and Next Wave - SHARK HD400?

One thing to consider is that the Sharks come with all of the software necessary to go to work. No need to purchase additional CNC software.
by FixitMike
Thu Sep 03, 2020 5:03 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Glass Door Groove for Rubber Mold
Replies: 2
Views: 190

Re: Glass Door Groove for Rubber Mold

I'm not clear what you are asking. If you want to cut this on a router table, use a bushing to space the cutter where you want it. If it is using a CNC router, you need to draw a vector to follow with a lead in and lead out on the ends to provide room for the cutter to plunge and retract.
by FixitMike
Tue Sep 01, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Need help Dishing out a 'Consistent' Radius
Replies: 9
Views: 248

Re: Need help Dishing out a 'Consistent' Radius

One thing to point out is that if you have an irregular outline, it is impossible to "dish" out a constant radius onto a flat surface. A radius dished into a flat surface will always make a circular dish.
by FixitMike
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: VCarve Pro v10.5 3D color problem
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: VCarve Pro v10.5 3D color problem

To seal, I've used dewaxed shellac, and also the varnish I use for a final finish. They both work. It is usually whatever is closest at hand.
by FixitMike
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:42 am
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: PDF Import Layer support
Replies: 14
Views: 1385

Re: PDF Import Layer support

Only thing is,... If I process a whole sheet in bulk, the result ends up on a single active layer, so I would have to do this per individual layer. Never satisfied :) But it's an option,.... Still hope for some magical solution :) The thing is, any time the program makes new vectors, the vectors wi...
by FixitMike
Mon Aug 31, 2020 7:31 am
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: VCarve Pro v10.5 3D color problem
Replies: 12
Views: 343

Re: VCarve Pro v10.5 3D color problem

Weighing in:
1. Seal coat the material after carving and before painting so the paint doesn't bleed into the wood pores.
2. If you are making a .015" skim cut afterwards, be sure to set the start depth of the VCarve to .015".