First Paying gig!

I have been. I have only been playing with it for a couple of days but I tend to try stuff then go back to the videos when I get stuck.

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I like the use of texturing. It makes the sign stand out.

Yea I think it came out really nice , I just hope I can emulate the results in red oak , got a couple shiny new v-bits coming Monday!

Thanks ! What would you charge for a sign like this in oak painted ? I quoted 50$ each they want 2 …


would it be possible to see the settings in your texture toolpath?

Yea, I accidentally created it on my first ever carve Phil asked for them as well here’s the post.

Awesome! Not sure what I should be charging, I’m sure I’ll be getting a bunch of orders from this guy.

Can I ask a dumb noob question? I ordered my X-Carve this week so I’m trying to learn what I can… What does Vcarve do that Easel doesn’t do? or am I confusing things and Vcarve is something else not in relation to Easel?

Great sign BTW and I would charge more also.

It’s a “cheap” 24"x24"x.5" mdf sheet that lowes sells it got really fuzzy on the big lettering not sure if it’s heat related…

Edit: I’m sorry Home Depot not lowes!

Looks great! I have been putting off purchasing V-Carve. The only one I can really afford at the moment is the “Desktop” version. Congrats on the sign selling. 50 bucks is a steal for something like this. Good luck on the finish piece.

Ok so I think I’m going to run the final with some top grade cedar. What settings do you normally use for the v bit when you run jobs in wood. So far most everything I’ve done has been in mdf or with tiny engraving bits , I dont want to screw this up. I want to know all the settings you use for pine versus oak or walnut , mdf is so soft and I know I’m cutting it really fast as this sign only took about 1:45 all paths…

Feed ?
Clearance step over ?
Final pass step over ?
Pass depth?

I feel like when I run a v-carve it’s really taking big bites but I don’t want all the different pass marks that Usually don’t show in mdf, to show in the final draft …

Desktop is the version I have. They do offer the ability to upgrade from the Desktop version to the Pro version later by simply paying the difference between the two. Really the only limitations I have between the two are 1) the size limitations of Desktop is 24"x24" so about 5" smaller then the 1000mm Xcarve. 2) You cannot use the Gadgets they are releasing now either. 3) the material Optimization.

It’s top grade !! Already carving now :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

OK ONE DOWN, ONE TO GO!!, done in Cedar and painted , no shellac or poly until I show the customer and find out if they want it, I think it looks rustic like this, it would also kill that awesome smell, I love milling cedar!


Awesome sign and yes you are way undervaluing this. 100 is a steal so 50 is just highway robbery. I did have a quick question. You said you used Aspire, but will VCarve Pro work as well. I am debating on which one to purchase, since I am not doing much sign work, but I hate to cut myself short in case that is something that can take off. I am cutting foam and wooden letters with my machine. I will post some of my pics once I get it done.

Yes I think v-carve will do just about everything you would want it has a 25x25 work area restriction I think …

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That sign is awesome! I agree, 50 bucks is highway robbery. I’ve never made a custom sign - but I bet I would charge at least 150 for that. Great job!

Sign looks amazing! Price points are hard to figure out, but I think as long as you feel like its worth the time and effort you are good; Plus you can get some word of mouth for that “discount” :wink:

Im hoping to get a lot of “Word of mouth” its the only lawn mower shop/small engine repair shop in town.


Ok so I got my new V- bits from inventables so starting on the second sign. I can finally retire the harbor freight bit that I’ve been using the last 4 weeks wasn’t too bad considering the whole set was only 16$!! Boy is it dull !!

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