My router has stopped carving text with v-bit! I actually have had V-cut problems from day one, but am only now realizing it was not something I was doing wrong, but something is wrong with my router (Xcarve 1000).
When I tried to carve text with a v-bit, I have always gotten uneven results (different thicknesses of cut on same board). Some of the letters would cut just fine, deep and clean, but then in other areas, it would be too light, and some of the letters would not even cut at all.
At first I thought it was me, not having the board level. So I bought a planer so that my boards would be same thickness throughout, and took extra care making sure every bit of the board was mounted level, at the same height. Still had unequal carving from one section to the next.
Today was the last straw! I was trying to carve text on both sides of a board. It cut fine on side one. Then I flipped the board over and tried to carve the same text on the other side. No matter what I tried, the bit was carving air about 1/8" above the surface of the board. Same board, same place on the table, same clamps, board checked for level. I am sure I am zeroing the Z-axis properly.
I tried changing the toolpath, making the cut depth deeper on the toolpath; I tried tricking the machine by positioning the bit lower than the actual Z-zero. It cut one letter very shallow then started cutting air again. Won’t cut at all. Help would be much appreciated.