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by Bill_L
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Aspire - Tips and Tricks
Topic: ideas for slab of wood
Replies: 9
Views: 1401

Re: ideas for slab of wood

I've done lots of these. Your imagination is the only limit.
by Bill_L
Tue Sep 15, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Inlay Cutting Board
Replies: 13
Views: 1561

Re: Inlay Cutting Board

A 15 or 18 degree bit is just a preference that gives you an almost straight inlay yet allowing for sharp corners. Yes I did use face grain maple for the male part but as I said in my second post, this was a test. Due to a time constraint I used what I had on hand at the moment.
by Bill_L
Sat Aug 29, 2020 12:59 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: Vcarve Inlay Help
Replies: 7
Views: 719

Re: Vcarve Inlay Help

It's hard to tell without the actual file and what CNC machine you are using but one thing that I've noticed that might have an effect is the feed rated you are using with your V-bit. At 120 ipm (that would be 2 inches per second), that would be considerably faster than I do my inlays. I am however ...
by Bill_L
Thu Aug 06, 2020 1:42 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: 2.5 carve roughing problem
Replies: 13
Views: 1062

Re: 2.5 carve roughing problem

What version of the software are you using? I ask because I opened your file in the latest version (10.505) and the only post processor that I can find for your machine (Axiom) is in "mm". Wonder if that might have something to do with it. As far as your strategy for 3D toolpathing, I have a Shopbot...
by Bill_L
Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:35 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Inlay Cutting Board
Replies: 13
Views: 1561

Re: Inlay Cutting Board

Actually it was simply a test to see if my Navy Flight Surgeon's wife thought it was suitable. She is usually a hard critic but when she saw it I lost any chance of bringing it back home. Thus I now have four walnut and one maple blanks ready to try some other designs. The actual carving is a breeze...
by Bill_L
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Inlay Cutting Board
Replies: 13
Views: 1561

Re: Inlay Cutting Board

I used Howard Butcher Block Conditioner. It's a combination of mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba waxes.
by Bill_L
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:34 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Eagle in the Woods
Replies: 11
Views: 1289

Re: Eagle in the Woods

I like it!
by Bill_L
Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:32 pm
Forum: Aspire - Gallery
Topic: Inlay Cutting Board
Replies: 13
Views: 1561

Inlay Cutting Board

It's maple on walnut. 15" x 21" x 1.75". Used a 22 degree V-bit and a .125" EM for clearing. Switching to a 15 degree V-bit for subsequent boards.
by Bill_L
Sat Jun 06, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Finishing Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1821

Re: Finishing Advice

Yes. That's because I Z-zero the machine off the top of the work piece just prior to machining. I have a ShopBot and utilize the Z-zero plate. The thickness of the mask is generally insignificant for most carvings.

Bill
by Bill_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Finishing Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1821

Re: Finishing Advice

These are the two that I use:

https://www.uscutter.com/ORAMASK-811-Paint-Mask-Stencil

https://www.uscutter.com/Avery-Dennison ... Paint-Mask

Too much work when you don't use a mask so I only went there one time.

Bill
by Bill_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: Finishing Advice
Replies: 12
Views: 1821

Re: Finishing Advice

Just posted this in another area but is appropriate. Here is method that I use to keep Paints/inks etc from "bleeding" onto/into open grained woods. I use Oramask 811 to mask the wood. ( I use the Oracal instead of the Avery because it's adhesion is much stronger but if left on too long will require...
by Bill_L
Fri Jun 05, 2020 1:18 pm
Forum: VCarve - Tips and Tricks
Topic: New Technique for Creating a Resin Dam
Replies: 6
Views: 1212

Re: New Technique for Creating a Resin Dam

Thanks. Will give it a try. Here is another method that I use to keep Paints/inks etc from "bleeding" onto/into open grained woods. I use Oramask 811 to mask the wood. ( I use the Oracal instead of the Avery because it's adhesion is much stronger but if left on too long will require removal of some ...
by Bill_L
Sun May 17, 2020 5:57 pm
Forum: Aspire - General
Topic: Why did it turn out so bad?
Replies: 6
Views: 1061

Re: Why did it turn out so bad?

On a quick glance, the vectors that you used to create the 3d text are made up of numerous short line segments. Go back and use the "fit to curves to selected vectors" tool and select the bezier option. You will reduce all the short segments with smoother flowing vectors. Then you will need to rebui...
by Bill_L
Sat May 16, 2020 12:15 pm
Forum: Cut2D - General
Topic: Carving Stars for flags
Replies: 7
Views: 1271

Re: Carving Stars for flags

Your strategy of using a profile toolpath to accomplish the desired results will require setting the depth of cut to about .22". I get the desired results with that setting. I also get the desired results with a 120 degree 1.5" V-bit set at .16". Remember, profiling is not an actual "V-carving" stra...
by Bill_L
Sat May 09, 2020 6:22 pm
Forum: VCarve - General
Topic: V-Carve going bonkers carving wrong places in model
Replies: 8
Views: 1000

Re: V-Carve going bonkers carving wrong places in model

I used version 9.519. However I did not get the vector warning until I opened and recalculated it in Aspire 10 (release version). With a little tweaking of vectors it should work fine.

Bill