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Stephen Cook's Projects Thread

Place to post the things I am working on.

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I have decided to make one post where I will put all the stuff I am working on. That way its not several as time goes on.

Here is my latest.
I took an eyeball 3d model from a site and cut it in half Then made 2 eyeballs.
The idea was to have 2 eyes for a skull prop I was working on. Ran out of time and will not be able to have it for this Halloween. However it will be worked on for next year.

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Smart idea Stephen… maybe renaming the title to “Stephen Cook’s Project Thread” and then others can create their own thread as well… :slight_smile:

Done.
I will post the eyeballs when I am finished painting them.

Here is a block I did to test my system after belts breaking and other issues.
4 passes:

  1. outer area behind the rope. 1/16" bit
  2. Inner area to cut out ares with a 1/16" downcut bit
  3. V-Bit cut for the M and areas that the 1/16" bit could not do.
  4. final for the rope using 1/16" ball nose bit

Used V-Carve to do the jobs and easel to do the cutting.

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Well I have finally moved and I am starting to build up the shop.
Need to think things out carefully.
So I bought this air vac from an auction. Its old but works.
I had to bypass the fuses for testing and clean and fix a few things but its working fine and has good suction. Here is a pic of it:

I have been searching for fuses and cannot locate any. The old ones were removed so I do not know what was used. The unit has 2 motors and a fuse socket for each.
Total current is 13A
AV550 motors in it. They are like $200 each.
Once I can get new fuses then I can set this up to run on the Xcarve and other shop tools. :slight_smile:

Found this at a thrift store. What should I make?

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Are you V carve user?

Yes

Vcarve pro have two rail swep tool now, you can do frame on it and inlay design in it. Any flower.

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I do not have the pro version yet.
Need to get the X-carve modded first.
then I will spend the cash to get the upgrade.

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Just made a purchase on new supplies.
Extra derlin nut for the Z and bearings.
Extra belts so if I break the ones I have I can fix them.
Some Collets and extra nuts to keep from having to poke out the collet during changes. Also I have bits that are 6 and 4mm.
The reducer/converter can cause trouble so I am going pro.

Did a carve this weekend.
There are ridges again. Not sure why but something must be loose.

Either the material was warped or the bed is raised on one end. Try putting a drill bit in your chuck up-side-down, bring it down to just above the bed, and then move it around noting the gaps.

I used a depth gauge to check for that.
It was as close to perfect as I could get it

Yes
I have a new delrin nut on the way.
There doesn’t seem to be any play however I need to get the system tuned up.
Going to go and check the v-wheels on everything.

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Note: I ran the pocket cut 2 times.
The ridges are still there and in the same spot. I figure that perhaps a v-wheel has something on it or maybe there is a wood chip in the belt?
I will clean and recheck all the moving parts.
Then try a new cut and see if the results are better.

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Still working on figuring out the Feeds and speeds for engraving bits.
I had it 1mm doc with .01 pass depth in the bit settings. Also feed was 15 IPM
Its a 30° V bit with a fine point on it. Got it off of a Chinese supplier cheat.
The bit broke so I put in another and put the feed at 1/2 and that bit broke too.

I have created a new 3d carve.
Used 2 ball nose bits. 2mm for the rough pass and a .5mm for the final
There are flaws but if you look past it looks good.

:slight_smile:

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