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    Looks like a step up from the Lee Valley one I...

    Looks like a step up from the Lee Valley one I own. The plastic they used in mine was too weak. It works still in a pinch taped up, but definitely not a Mafell quality....
  2. I finally finished test mounting face frames for...

    I finally finished test mounting face frames for a kitchen project. Now they can come off and go into the finish booth. There are several face frames that extend over multiple boxes where there are...
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    It is going to depend a bit on the machine. If...

    It is going to depend a bit on the machine. If you going with a big industrial machine where you want to use 1/2" diameter bits at 1000ipm or so, then you will want a pump that will give you...
  4. Thanks Bruce. I am taking an Art class to...

    Thanks Bruce. I am taking an Art class to improve my painting. I sent you a PM.
  5. If you do not have a temp gauge on your vacuum,...

    If you do not have a temp gauge on your vacuum, you should. The single phase vacuums run hot. The guys posting videos like suggested are not paying attention. I was concerned with my temp readings...
  6. I do carvings as well, and have built around 20...

    I do carvings as well, and have built around 20 or so pods for short runs of material other than carvings. I would not suggest pods for carvings for a few reasons.
    1. I have a small Becker pump...
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    This is a very good book on the subject: ...

    This is a very good book on the subject: http://www.leevalley.com/en/wood/page.aspx?p=32991&cat=1,43072,43091,32991

    That + practice = sharp card scraper. Practice being probably the bigger...
  8. All CNC's are not created equally. Hire someone...

    All CNC's are not created equally. Hire someone with an industrial machine if that is the route you want. A real machine will cut in a single pass if they have enough vacuum, which a pro should...
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    Jim, that is a CNC Cookbook survey. The vast...

    Jim, that is a CNC Cookbook survey. The vast majority of people watching that site are in the steel industry. If you go to the practical machinist website you would be hard pressed to find any...
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    I think it will work fine. There will be some...

    I think it will work fine. There will be some details to sort out like tube management and the gasket material, but with 2 pods it could work quite well. I watched the Steve Rowe video, and that is...
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    I have used both a venturi to create vacuum and I...

    I have used both a venturi to create vacuum and I have a couple of different vacuum pumps. Keep in mind the air demand for a venturi. My venturi used 3cfm if I wanted maximum vacuum, and it was...
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    Art, we all seem to have a tendency to make...

    Art, we all seem to have a tendency to make assumptions about a posters experience level and knowledge. I am not new to the reality of running a business or using my machine. I could try to express...
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    I was not really asking for business advice, but...

    I was not really asking for business advice, but we seem to have found a topic with many passionate views. I have a business I run, and have been doing so for 20+years. This is just something to...
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    Try looking for old 5 piece cabinet doors. I...

    Try looking for old 5 piece cabinet doors. I have used quite a few panels, and those can be found for free. Here is one from a couple of days ago. Walnut will not be as easy to find, but maybe??? ...
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    Ted, the comment about the 4/4 syndrome made me...

    Ted, the comment about the 4/4 syndrome made me chuckle. I did discover the benefit of greater relief. I have four glueups in clamps now for a few more tests. Your sign turned out nice. I wish I...
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    Jim, I attached an example of a hand carving by...

    Jim, I attached an example of a hand carving by someone else that I really like. I can see the glazing working very well for a carving like that, but the models I have bought have a lot of smooth...
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    Jim, I have shown a few random carvings to family...

    Jim, I have shown a few random carvings to family and friends and those with a bit of color do always seems to get more attention. Most of these carvings are being done at times when the machine is...
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    Finish Preference for 3D Work

    I am finally setting up a proper business and have been working at some nice pieces for promotion. The size of the pieces below vary from 16" wide to 34" wide and they are all in varying states of...
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    Bill, it is pretty cool what you can do with 3D...

    Bill, it is pretty cool what you can do with 3D printing for parts like this. It is slow going, but I have watched ours print parts out into space. Printing flat is not a very good idea many times...
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    I am not sure how it is done in fusion, but in...

    I am not sure how it is done in fusion, but in solidworks when you extrude a surface you click a button that tells the software the extrusion is to be added to the part as a solid body, and not...
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    I think you will need to find someone with a...

    I think you will need to find someone with a lathe if you want to mill as a single piece that looks exactly as the model. It is that fine undercut region where you will have the problem. Easy to...
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    I see the problem. The file is coming up as four...

    I see the problem. The file is coming up as four solid bodies. The CNC shop is wondering if you want them as separate parts. Looking at the parts I think you will need to have them milled as...
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    The 3D printer uses a .stl file. That is...

    The 3D printer uses a .stl file. That is basically a 3D mesh surface that represents your part. A step file is a solid model and is much better to use for producing accurate dimensioned parts. If...
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    Jim, did you do that with a stop and code edit? ...

    Jim, did you do that with a stop and code edit? WinCNC outputs the line in process, so it seems easy to edit the code to the delete the lines and then re-start. When reading I see some packages...
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    I know you are correct Bruce. Those little 1/16"...

    I know you are correct Bruce. Those little 1/16" bits look so fragile and so very sloow. :)

    Richard, I looked at the bristle ones, but did not buy those. I will give them a try.
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