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Vector Graphic Trading Post / Car Show Designs?
« on: April 20, 2017, 09:16:37 AM »
I'm thinking of driving my '62 Willys pickup truck to the local swap meet and selling carvings there.  Do any of you have designs (to share) that car show folk would like?  :)

BobCAD Information / Pocketing Problems :(
« on: January 07, 2017, 05:13:58 PM »
I've been cutting shallow pockets into slabs then carving text in the bottom of the pocket. The zig zag pattern works best to give a smooth surface but it also leaves what I'd call a 'scalloped edge'.  (see image below)

Am I skipping a step that would clean up the edge?

Second problem is where the pocket began (bottom right of image) and ended the tool did not clean out the corner.  This happened only on this project which is a 38" x 8" x 0.1" pocket using a 1.25 diameter cutter.

Vector Graphic Trading Post / My dxf collection.
« on: January 05, 2017, 12:14:22 PM »
I have a small collection of dxf files shared on Google Drive.  Most I collected, some I drew from scratch.

Enjoy :)

BobCAD Information / Stock Wizard Error?
« on: November 29, 2016, 10:16:16 AM »
The Stock Wizard in v. 27 is making the stock bigger than my geometry and placing it a bit below the geometry.  I've tried forcing it to size by entering dimensions and the new stock is displayed below the geometry.  Same after restarting BobCAD. :(

I've started new files several times and  have found this happens only when Text is part of the geometry.  Even if the text is inside a much larger rectangle, the Stock Wizard makes the stock extend below my geometry.

How do I fix this??

General DWC Questions / Your Favorite Fly-cutter?
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:52:51 PM »
This 22" wide log slice took waaaay too long to flatten using a 1/2" bit.  I need a flycutter before taking on this kind of project again.

What are you using for a flycutter?

Project Showcase / Let's get this showcase started :)
« on: July 23, 2016, 02:41:10 PM »
Very simple

BobCAD Information / Bad Tool Path :(
« on: July 22, 2016, 09:55:16 AM »
The tool path I generated in BobCAM made these radical paths far away from the work piece.  There is no geometry out there so what might have cause this?

Introductions / Tri-Cities, WA
« on: July 15, 2016, 04:09:19 PM »
I'm a professional wood carver in Kennewick, WA working mostly with chainsaws and logs but I also carve wood and bark with traditional tools.

For a look at some of my DWC projects, visit

I also have a few dxf files to share.  Some I made from scratch, others I just refined someone else' work.

Finally, my chainsaw carving gallery is at

Butch Elrod

BobCAD Information / V-carving Text
« on: July 08, 2016, 10:04:05 AM »
I found this video very helpful in explaining how to create a tool path in BobCAD for v-carving text.


BobCAD Information / Material Group Wood?
« on: July 06, 2016, 07:44:05 AM »
Is there a Material Group for wood that I can add to BobCAD?

General Discussion / Vinyl Cutting?
« on: June 30, 2016, 05:52:50 PM »
Has anyone done vinyl sign cutting with the DWC?  I'd appreciate any tips on equipment, supplies and caveats :)

BobCAD Information / DWC V27 Mill pst?
« on: January 17, 2016, 05:04:39 PM »
The V27 Profile video says I need to select "DWC V27 MillPst" but I don't have that.  I have BT_DWC rev2.MillPst. 
Do I need to download this V27 file?

G-Code Trading Post / Got ouija board?
« on: October 17, 2015, 08:43:50 AM »
Does anyone have a ouija board drawing for sharing?

BobCAD Information / BobCAD Fonts
« on: October 06, 2015, 06:23:29 PM »
After searching and reading a few threads, I decided there was no readily available way to see the BobCAD native fonts. :(  So I made this BobCAD 'drawing' showing all the fonts in V27.

BobCAD Information / License question
« on: October 06, 2015, 07:40:58 AM »
Does the BobCAD license allow installation on a desktop AND a laptop concurrently?

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