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DWC 4th Axis / connecting material to the fourth axis
« on: February 22, 2017, 11:56:53 AM »
I'd like to know if any other DWC user goes from a wood lathe to the 4th axis and if so, what adapter are you using?

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General DWC Questions / Fixing loose T Tracks
« on: February 21, 2017, 06:14:08 PM »
I really like to crank down hard on bolts holding my materiel down and the T tracks began coming up almost immediately.  I used longer wood screws but those too, eventually started pulling out. Today, I replaced them with bolts and it is terrific. I used 7/8" #8-32. The heads are lower so my bolts pass through  little easier. If your T tracks re coming up, tke  couple of hours and do this. You won't regret it.
Now about those bolts ... I don't use clamps preferring to cut my material a little long and drill holes for bolts to pass through to attach the materiel directly to the table. There is no movement. Zero, none! You must be careful to use just enough bolt to get a nut on. if they are too long the router frame may catch on the bolt and destroy your alignment.

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General DWC Questions / Where are you located?
« on: November 12, 2016, 07:00:49 AM »
We have a useful tool here in the Users Forum that looks to be grossly under used. I note that some names pop up a lot and I hope that they will continue to reach out to our community.
Floyd Harris and I both come to DWC from CarveWright and although we live 1500 miles apart, we have kept tabs on each other utilizing this forum. I have great admiration for his work.
So I went looking for DWC users in my area and although there are over 400 users on this forum, very few of them (YOU) have listed their hometowns in their contact information. I encourage each of you to go into your profile and paint a more complete picture.
I am in Western Massachusetts and if you are in New England or upstate New York, I'd like to hear from you.
Finally, I can't thank Laney Shaughnessy enough for his sharing of expertise. It is such a pleasure to watch him work the design on Team Viewer.  Does any other company offer such complete individual support? Not one i know of.

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General DWC Questions / Pricing Signs
« on: November 12, 2016, 06:49:45 AM »
Greetings fellow craftsmen. How do you price a sign? I currently charge by the square inch which is an easy way to establish a baseline but as you know, there are a lot of other factors that go into the completion. For instance, a VCarved sign is much faster and easier to make than one that has the same letters raised. Wood varieties and paint, two sided carves, designing and possible purchase of 3D Art all increase our costs but how to charge for those services? How do you do it?

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Introductions / Greetings from Western Massachusetts
« on: July 08, 2016, 01:39:12 PM »
Hello fellow wood carvers. I am Rick Roy and I live in the beautiful little city of Greenfield Massachusetts. I look forward to reading your posts an collaborating with you on projects. Besides the DWC, I run a CarveWright and right now, it pays the bills but the DWC is catching up.
For the first three months of running the DWC, I had problems with the stock spindle and collet system on the Hitachi router that is standard. At Burl's recommendation, I replaced the chuck with a MuscleChuck ... www.musclechuck.com and I love it. Changing bits couldn't be easier. I highly recommend changing he chuck even if you aren't having difficulty with your collet system because the ease of use is terrific.
I "settled" for VCarve Pro although after being pampered by the CarveWright software, I think that I need to move up to Aspire. I just don't want to afford it!
Finally, what is your best source for vector art and 3D images ready to carve?
Al the best

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