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  1. Vectric Aspire will do it. It is very pricey, but...

    Vectric Aspire will do it. It is very pricey, but powerful. You can play with the trial version for free to see if you can make it work. There are lots of tutorials available.
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    A donut chuck is very inexpensive to make. It is...

    A donut chuck is very inexpensive to make. It is arguably safer than a longworth since it's pretty much impossible for the bowl to spin/fall out.
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    While not free, Vectric VCarvePro has a nesting...

    While not free, Vectric VCarvePro has a nesting module built in. It is not cheap, but not close to $1000 annually. I can test a file for you, if you like, to see if it will do the job for you.
  4. Canada "went metric" many years ago, but not...

    Canada "went metric" many years ago, but not really. Officially, we measure air temp in celsius and baloney in grams. However, we also by 2 x 4's (which really aren't 2" x 4", of course), we buy...
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    Here in the great white north, I used the drum...

    Here in the great white north, I used the drum unit from this company

    https://www.desertspringproducts.com/ds3200

    Instead of a foam sleeve, it uses a plastic drum with ridges that capture the...
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    However you do it - handheld or drill press -...

    However you do it - handheld or drill press - tilt the piece, not the drill. Go slow when the bit enters so it doesn't skid.
  7. If you are running windows, go with the built-in...

    If you are running windows, go with the built-in application. It's free and the reviews show that it does a good job.
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    Here in the Great White North, so far it's at...

    Here in the Great White North, so far it's at about 15" and forecast to be about 20 when all is said and done. Winds are upwards of 40 miles per hour, so visibility is a big problem.

    It's just...
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    It sounds good, John. It's available on Amazon.ca...

    It sounds good, John. It's available on Amazon.ca for $51 for 2oz. Taxes in, that's $58!. That's simply not in the cards for me. Tks for the recommendation, though.

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    I've used quite a bit of this product with good...

    I've used quite a bit of this product with good results
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    A 23gauge pin nailer works well to hold things...

    A 23gauge pin nailer works well to hold things like this. Another approach is to put a dot of CA glue in a couple of spots, surrounded by your wood glue. The CA will hold the joint in place until the...
  12. All of the above, plus, be sure to measure the...

    All of the above, plus, be sure to measure the real shaft size of those cheap bits from amazon. We are finding that many of the "1/4" bits are really 6mm bits, especially the ones from China. Those...
  13. I do a lot of this with my CNC router. As others...

    I do a lot of this with my CNC router. As others have said and seal the wood. I then use Oramask or MacTac shelf paper stuck to the surface. Then route. Now you have a stuck down "stencil". You can...
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    If the size of the piece that chipped off, and...

    If the size of the piece that chipped off, and it's location, make it difficult to use pva and clamps, you can use both CA and pva. I do this frequently when pieces want to slide around on me. Spread...
  15. I use MacTac sticky shelf paper instead of...

    I use MacTac sticky shelf paper instead of Oramask and used to have the same problem with intricate carvings. I would question whether you could get a vinyl cutter and your router to be in exactly...
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    Random thoughts. Here in Canada, in Alberta,...

    Random thoughts.

    Here in Canada, in Alberta, they just ran a proposal to stay on DST all year round. It looked like it was going to pass, until a few days before the vote. Then some scientists...
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    Were you ever able to see them on the card? If...

    Were you ever able to see them on the card? If so, and if you have a card reader for your PC, you may be able to recover them. I've had good luck with Recuva. You can find it here:
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  18. Your subject line says "fill". Are you trying to...

    Your subject line says "fill". Are you trying to fill the letters to be flush with the surface of the material? If so, I would suggest that you don't want to use paint; you need epoxy.

    If you go...
  19. I drill them on the lathe. My lathe motor has...

    I drill them on the lathe. My lathe motor has lots more torque at low speeds than my drill press, I can hold the piece more securely, and I can gradually increase the bit size since the piece is...
  20. I've never seen a combo bit like that, but could...

    I've never seen a combo bit like that, but could you use a two-rail sweep in Aspire and do the whole job with a straight end mill? I think that would be possible. If that option interests you, you...
  21. our own fault

    You're right, Jim. We were late to the game going to 10. It's still frustrating to know that, had we waited a few months, we could have gone to 11 for the same cost. It's not a huge cost, but these...
  22. Jim: I believe that you will find that the...

    Jim: I believe that you will find that the upgrade price kicks in at 3 months if your last purchase was an upgrade and not an initial purchase. So, if you upgraded to 10.5 from a previous version...
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    +1 on cutting boards. I also use them for...

    +1 on cutting boards. I also use them for segmented bowls and "dizzy" bowls like this one.

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  24. I can take a look at it for you, but since I'm in...

    I can take a look at it for you, but since I'm in Canada, shipping costs may/likely will kill it. I have VCarvePro 10.5
  25. I use 1/4" corian or other solid surface...

    I use 1/4" corian or other solid surface material. It's not clear, but it is very durable.
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