I have completed a couple projects now through Easel Free and seem to be getting the hang of it. I want to upgrade to some fancier projects.
I am currently trying to carve some wooden badges for some friends who have First Responder family. I was able to find or edit some .SVG’s for their departments and drop them into Easel.
I am struggling to see how to get the right settings for a good carve.
I have the .SVG imported. This isn’t a 3D design, just a flat approximately 11" x 15" badge on a piece of Walnut (two boards biscuit joined and glued and planed flat). I set a 1/4" cut depth as I plan to put some black or colored epoxy or paint and then gloss over the top.
I tried to set a 1/8" Upcut 3 Flute Spiral (purple) for a rough pass and then a 1/16" Fishtail Spiral (blue) for a detail pass. When I go to carve the rough, it says nothing to carve. The rough pass shows <1 min and the detail was around 3 hours.
Are the details too small for the 1/8 and the bit just won’t fit to work anything? If I change to just one pass with the 1/16 the carve time jumps to almost 7 hours! I may have bumped settings as I’m not the most experienced yet. That seems like a while to carve…
Should I invest in some non-Inventables bits and maybe do some Pro-Carve days to try this? I’m not opposed to paying for Easel Pro if it’s worth it.
You would probably do better with a 90 or 60 degree V bit. You can run a V bit faster than you can a 1/16" bit and the carve will look good.
You will need Easel Pro to use a V bit.
Yes you’re 1/8" bit is to big to carve anything so you will be doing the whole carve with the 1/16"
Can you share the Easel file?
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Hey Russel, sorry I took so long to respond, life is busy sometimes.
This is the file I’ve been working on lately. It is a memorial badge for an Officer that was killed in the line of duty. I know a few people at that department and want to make a few of these. I want to carve about that size (12" x 16" or so). I plan to use Walnut, planed boards with a biscuit joint and glue.
Any help would be great. When I play with the different bits, it will normally show <1 min for one of the passes and hours and hours for the other.
Your times are split like that because the majority of your design will only fit the smaller bit… these types of designs are typically done with a vbit, not tiny endmills… try a vbit in there I like the looks of a 90 degree. But a 60 degree would also work…
You might also want to use 2 workpieces and use the 2nd one to cutout the perimeter using and an end, if you did want a cutout badge shape… heres how I do the multi workpiece setup for better control of what bit is used in different sections… same concept for the perimeter being cut with a different bit.