I’ve owned my x-carve for two months and have been learning the hard way. I have two tips to share.
I carved up my waste board on my first couple of projects. Today I put a couple of paint stirrers under my project and it worked perfectly.
I’ve broken 2 or 3 bits at the end of a carve. They’ve hit my clamps on the return home. If you simulate your project before you start cutting, you can get an idea of where to place your clamps.