Ideally, this is a question I should have asked before purchase, since this is a huge part of what I do on a day-to-day basis and my x-carve purchase was done solely to assist in that.
Up until about 6 hours ago, I built and hand cut custom kitchen utility boards using various hand tools. Tonight, I decided to jump right in head first and cut a laminated 18X24 inch 1.73 inch thick blank into the shape that my customer has asked me to create for him.
Just over 1/2 way through the cut, I realized I had an issue (are you noticing a trend here?)
The vast majority of the boards that I make are just shy of 2 inches thick. My hope was that I could create my laminated blank, load up the design in Easel and then poof the shape I wanted would be cut and I could end my rocky relationship with my jigsaw.
That is 100% not how this worked out.
When I ordered my x-carve, I ordered all of the bits on the site, because I didn’t know exactly what I needed. Obviously, what I needed most was a cutting bit that would work its way through almost 2 inches of hardwood and that’s gonna be pretty darn difficult with bits that aren’t even 2 inches long.
I got to looking at CNC Router Bits and found something that might work, but now that I’ve Googled, I am finding that this may not even be possible, even with a bit that has a 2 inch cut height.
I am normally not that guy when it comes to asking for help when I can Google for an answer – but it’s hard when you don’t really speak the language and absolutely admit complete ignorance when it comes to this.
So, if cutting close to 2 inches is doable, would the 45456 CNC Carbide Tipped Straight Plunge from Amana be the correct bit to use? I am less concerned about it being rough than I probably should be – but at this point, my priority is to never have to cut this entire image by hand using a jigsaw.