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Jason Peltier

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EDWARD BLACK
Hello Jason, I tried to make this project with the X-Carve (I am a beginner) and it didn't turn out for me. Not sure what I did wrong. I am going to try it again but I wanted to ask what bits you used? Thanks for your assistance. Ed
EDWARD BLACK
Jason Peltier
30" x 13" (yes you can cut more than 29.77" on an xcarve) 1/4" downcut 2 spiral endmill for roughing. 60 degree vbit for detail. I typically buy a 3/4" x 7 1/4" x 6' board, cut it in half, joint the mating ends, and glue it up.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
For cleanup after the carve, I use a magnifying headset and an exacto knife first. On a lot of the curves there will be some fuzzies that are easily removed, just tedious. Removing them helps the stain look a lot more even.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
Then I'll go in with a piece of 120 grit and sand most everything. For tight areas, I'll superglue a piece strategically so it will fit in the corners. The superglue on the back of a chunk of 5" disc sandpaper can really stiffen it up into a fine point.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
Once everything is sanded smooth, I'll use prestain to prevent blotchy coloring. Then it's Varathane classic golden oak. This is the thin penetrating style. Immediately after, I'll use Varathane premium dark walnut and some paint brushes to carefully paint the last name.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
After about 24 hours and the stain is dry, I'll use 120 grit on my orbital to sand off the top of the uncarved stuff, first names, 'established', and the design. Then it's 3+ coats of Deft lacquer. That stuff is amazing and easy to apply.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
Some errors that you will encounter: I haven't had a single one of these work perfectly in regards to z-probing correctly. I always have to run a toolpath again. Still not sure how this gets messed up. I've tried many different methods.
Jason Peltier
Jason Peltier
Blowing out the delicate ends. I slow down the detail carve when it gets to the thin tips of letters and for all of the 'established' section. When an end gets blown out, I just sand it at an angle. As long as it's bare wood like the rest of the word, no one will notice it's not flat like the rest.
Jason Peltier
EDWARD BLACK
AWESOME! Thank you!
EDWARD BLACK
Anita Chang
I don't see the 1/4" downcut 2 spiral endmill for roughing bit on Inventables bit list. Where'd you buy yours?
Anita Chang
Jason Peltier
Anita: It's a little pricey, but it's a workhorse. The Amana 46421-K. https://www.toolstoday.com/v-14076-46421-k.html
Jason Peltier
Anita Chang
Aloha, Jason. I was looking into the Amana bits. Do they last long?
Anita Chang
Travis Langlois
Anita, ive used both Seinci Labs bits as well as Amana, the Amana bit easily out lasts and out preforms the later.
Travis Langlois
cmckercher
lots of great info. still learning basic skills but thank you
cmckercher