I have the same problem with MDF. I am planing on picking up a down cut bit and see if that makes the difference.
Down cut bits will make this come out perfectly (barring really bad depth and speed settings). It is the ONLY way I cut MDF. Actually 1/16" upcut bits work pretty well too and don’t produce ragged tops and broken pieces.
depends on the plywood but yes, typically certain layers are very strong and dense. I just cut a birdhouse out of birch plywood at .1" per pass, 50" per minute without issue busing a 1/8" downcut bit.
I got my new downcut bit and was very pleased with how well it cut!
(pics here: Cutting plywood with a downcut bit )
Not sure but last night when I did a two stage carve it left a ridge like that with the first bit and then went back and cleaned it up with the detail bit. My whole carve was only about 3" in diameter though. Edit: Never mind, you were talking about the plywood void.
Yeah, caught that at the same time you were typing.
That Ryan sign would look great in that one that has the knot in it if you could work it in (cross section of tree I believe)
What size is your X-Carve? If you don’t need to carve anything larger than 25x25, Vcarve Desktop has 95% of the same features as the Pro version. Desktop does not support scripting, rotary wrapping or automatic part nesting.
But Desktop is only $349 versus $699 and if you ever decide you need one of those Pro features you can upgrade to Pro for just $349