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Introductions / Re: Greetings from Lancaster PA
« on: March 13, 2017, 02:29:30 PM »
Hey Joel, Welcome! Lancaster is a beautiful place and I have enjoyed many vacations there. I think that you should use your DWC to make fancy trim for the Amish carriages!
I use my CNC to make cribbage boards, what are your interests?

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?

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.

Introductions / Re: Hello from North Dakota
« on: February 14, 2017, 03:35:11 PM »
I totally agree with Butch! Please her and you will please him. If you haven't learned Laney's Text on text technique yet, you have got to go to a woodworking seminar where he is speaking and get it down. He was going to make a video and post it on youtube but I don't know if that has happened yet.

Introductions / Re: Hello from Cincinnati, Ohio
« on: February 14, 2017, 03:32:05 PM »
Greetings Joe and good luck with your DWC.  I am located in Western Massachusetts on the Connecticut River about 10 miles south of Vermont. Cribbage boards are my passion and being retired, I get a lot of practice at designing, making and playing.

Vector Graphic Trading Post / Re: My dxf collection.
« on: January 31, 2017, 06:44:40 AM »
Butch! Thanks for posting these dxf patterns! This is very generous of you and makes this forum a more valualbe asset to our community.

Dan R.,  Congratulations on your DWC purchase. Where are you located?

Introductions / Re: Greetings from Centerview Missouri
« on: January 31, 2017, 06:34:22 AM »
Hi Tad and Welcome,
I'm in Western Massachusetts in the Town of Greenfield. We are situated on the Connecticut River 10 miles south of the NH and Vermont borders. Enough of the geography lesson! I ran two CarveWright CNC routers for five years before buying the DWC. I love h open architecture of the DWC and the invaluable support of Laney and Burl. Forum contributors like Butch Elrod and Floyd Harris (another CarveWright operator) are also really helpful.
I mainly make two items: cribbage boards and anything that makes my wife happy!
Good luck!

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.

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?

General DWC Questions / Re: reduce excessive toolpath marks from wood
« on: October 02, 2016, 05:32:01 AM »
Softwoods will generally leave you with more cleanup. I don't think that you will ever get through a project where you don't have some cleanup but hard woods just do cleanup better.

Really well done video Laney. How many "takes" did it take?
Even though I have been running CNC Routers for about 5 years and the DWC for 9 months, there are nuances of the software that escaped me. There is a lot of great information in this two cup of coffee video (44 minutes) I encourage all DWC users to watch. You will pickup one or two useful tricks to improve your carvings and to craft the layout faster.

Direct From The Admin / Re: Vacuum improvement
« on: October 02, 2016, 04:28:44 AM »
I tried using a flexible door sweep rather than the plastic skirt and that did not work .
I am thinking of constructing my own Plexiglas  platform to surround the bit to hold the plastic dust skirt. I would add a short 2" diameter PVC pipe to the bottom, put Velcro around it and Velcro around the top of my plastic skirt.
The idea is to confine the area to the immediate area around the bit.
Some of the problems to overcome include keeping the PVC high enough so that it doesn't interfere with changing the bits (I use the MuscleChuck system so I don't have to fool around with the wrenches at all, just a simple allen wrench with a long handle) and finding the right material that is flexible enough to ride over the carved areas and strong enough to not collapse due to the vacuum. When and if I get this project underway, I'll report my frustrations, findings and success if any, here in this forum.

Direct From The Admin / Re: Touch off tool
« on: October 02, 2016, 04:13:57 AM »
Hi Chris, I too had some problems with the touch off tool and now I just skip it. I find I can more precisely zero the Z axis where I want it by just putting the point of the tool bit on the surface (and some times, with a delicate font, I will cheat and set the point  .02 into the wood and call that zero.) Once you placed the point exactly where you want it, use the Offset Zero button and carve away.
I just have to tell a quick story here. I had both Laney and Burl on a conference call and on Team Viewer as my machine was drilling right down through the surface the entire board and even getting a piece of the table. All of us were scratching our collective heads when Laney noticed a very small message in the lower left corner of the CNC USB Controller. I forget the wording of the message but it obviously resonated with Laney and he asked "Where is your touch off tool right now?" I told him that it was held to the table leg by a magnet. That was my problem. The touch off tool needs to be away from the "metal stuff" while the machine is running. I use it now and again but I really prefer setting the z depth manually. And, my hat's off to Laney for solving the mystery but I resolve to find other, creative ways to screw up!

General Discussion / Re: reduce excessive toolpath marks from wood
« on: October 01, 2016, 05:50:58 PM »
I don't see a photo but I m sure that most of your problems stem from using  soft wood like pine.

General DWC Questions / Re: Anyone used the Muscel Chuck?
« on: August 27, 2016, 01:56:02 PM »
I don't have a MuscleChuck ... I have two! I like it so much that after installing one on my DWC Hitachi, I got spoiled and installed one on the router table too. They are a significant improvement over Hitachi's original chuck. If you order one, there are many variations of the MuscleChuck for various routers. The Hatachi takes the #12 model. I can't recommend these highly enough.

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