School Project

You are Correct sir. Temple Wildcats.
I’m in West Temple…(Technically Belton ISD…My kids are Tigers)

Dude! I live in the BISD school district… My kids are still fairly young so only one is a Tiger at the moment…

Almost perfect, good job. Double your spindle speed for V bits to eliminate those blade marks.

A friend of mine asked me to do a piece for High Point Elementary for an auction they had a while back to raise some money for something… I did a Texas outline with the BISD logo in it…

I need to find a picture…

AlanDavis,

Really? Spindle Speed? I was thinking my feed rate was a bit low. That and the cheep Chinese V-bit

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Looks good. I currently have several projects on the list… a huge set of gears for a local church’s youth center, various Birthday and Wedding gifts…

Thanks, I haven’t worked much in MDF / Poplar so I’m going to follow along and see what the others recommend… :slight_smile:

Thanks for the advice… since I need to re-run the banner portion of the sample, I’ll try upping the RPM and IMP.
I’ll have to check, but I think I was running around 55IPM at the lowest RPM setting.

Yeah I ran my xcarve with vbits at 3 but at 100ipm… I buy bits from ebay from a seller named Drillman1… He is based out of Georgetown and if you want you can pick them up, but with shipping I get them the next say since he is so close…

I’ve gotten a lot of bits from Drillman…based off of the advice from this forum…
He’s pretty reliable… and quick to correct any shipment mistakes (only happened once).
I know he’s in the G-Town/Round Rock area, but I didn’t think he had a storefront for pickup…

I went there once… It isn’t really a storefront… You walk in and there are people sitting at desks… they look at you like your crazy and you tell them what bits you want they go into the back and pick them up… Also I haven’t been yet but on i35 there is a store called Richards Supply… The web site shows they sell endmills and such…

http://www.richardssupply.com/products/CUTTING-TOOLS-ACCES.aspx

Low feed rate helps to clean as well as spindle speed. It’s not about bit quality, V bit have two straight blades to cut edges, if not turning fast enough(we’re not talking about crazy speed) you’ll see blades marks. Just experiment. Touch to spindle/router and feel vibration. Increase and decrease your speed while it’s cutting. You will fell sweet spot when it start cutting like a butter.

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For profile cuts I like to use a downcut bit, even on solid wood as it puts all the fuzzies on the bottom edge which is much easier to sand.

For the detail you can just run the print twice, especially when using a v bit. It will take twice a long of course, but the second pass will clean up a lot of the fuzzies.

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Left the shop for 5 minutes when my daughter stuck her head in and said “Daaaad… the play station won’t connect to Netflix”…

No idea what happened, but there goes two hours of carve…

VCarve Pro used for calculating the vectors, Easel for sending to the X-Controller. Not sure that it was WiFi related, I ditched that piece, uploaded a different G code file, sent it with easel and it carved fine…(well, not exactly fine… my tool path was off due to pilot error but there were no stutters or wandering off path.) then a second send of the same G code (after adjusting size to accommodate a 1/8th end mill) went almost perfect and then the 611 started acting stupid… stuttered and stopped (broke the bit) then restarted, then stopped… I just shut the thing down and took my drone out for a quick flight. I’ll run an “air carve” this evening ( I have to prep the MDF before I can restart the project) to see if I have bigger issues.

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Thanks Robert, I was thinking “brushes”…(hoping that it was just a glitch, but Thinking “brushes”).
its, kinda funny… my dad suggested “interference or noise”, but I’ve never had that problem with the machine.

I guess it’s a good thing I have a second 611 in the tool locker…AND two sets of replacement brushes.

It seems there isn’t really any consistency in the Dewalt 611’s brushes??? I’ve read on several different threads in this forum about brushes and there seems to be no constant or average on how long they last

Thanks for the assist…

I was going to run an “air carve” later this afternoon to see if it kept glitching or not, but now I think I’ll just get right into changing the brushes…

I’ll post Pictures…

And this is why I tell Everyone that this site has the best Forum / User Group of ANY group that I have been part of.

Thanks for all the useful information. especially the Video…

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I have noticed mine will start spitting out carbon dust when they are getting to that point. I start seeing it on the work piece.

As promised…


Brushes changed… in the process of weekly torque checks and then verify calibration