Extra LEDs on Dewalt 611

That’s a good idea. I hadn’t thought about that as I haven’t cut any metal yet. I will do that.

Love this project - I get to learn to mill PCBs and get a lighting improvement - thanks for sharing!

For those that have never done PCBs, can you share more info about the bit / settings you used?

Thanks! I used a 0.3mm 60° vbit to do the circuit etching. I set the depth to 0.3mm as well. Then I used a 1mm end mill to cut out the mounting holes and the final profile of the PCB board. I used double sided tape to hold down the PCB while it is being cut.

I’m also working on a switch so that I can have the power supply turned on but have the gShield/Arduino turned off. This will allow you to manually adjust for zero.

I would be willing to make them for anyone that is interested for say $30.

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Thanks for the details, I’m excited to try it!

No problem! Let me know how it turns out.

Clear nail polish will work fairly well for sealing. However, even though it’s designed not to chip, this is not a condition that was tested for ;). So you might want to put something a bit thicker at least on the traces, like hot glue.

But, do let us know if you find something that works better.

Yes that would work. I was thinking of some rtv. Haven’t had a chance to do anything with it yet. Working on my switch board.

I have gotten my “break out” switch finished and installed. Now I can have the power supply on, with my LEDs on, and manually set my zero.




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don’t suppose I could get an EPS file…

Sorry it took so long, but here it is.LED Switch.eps (38.4 KB)

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Is the resistor 1k? I just cut the file last weekend.

Yes the resistor is a 1k. I hope it works out for you.

For those who are not to keen to do their own PCB-work there are lots of 65mm LED-rings for cars that can be used for this purpose :slight_smile:

Thanks. I am also working on a printed diffuser and have an SVG of the board that I am tweaking. Will probably publish the project when done.

No problem! That sounds interesting, would love to see the pictures when it’s all completed.

You might be interested in this. New low voltage LED light ring

If I bought such a thing, how would I power it via battery or plug? (I actually see some benefit to a battery pack.)

I do household type wiring, repair lamps, etc. But am clueless on this type of thing.

Those particular LED rings run off of 12v dc. You would need a dc - dc converter from 24v to 12v, if you connected it to the power supply that came with the X-carve

@DrewKasel - search ebay or Amazon for DC-DC buck converters, the cost “nothing” hence the “buck converter”.
You’d use one to regulate 24V down to whatever you need :slight_smile:

Something like these:

I have been working on some mods to Jason’s design.