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    I had found another thread that mentioned doing...

    I had found another thread that mentioned doing something similar. My concern was that by doing that it would also increase the length of the pieces which is currently correct. Also I was guessing it...
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    I take this as saying I will value the lesson...

    I take this as saying I will value the lesson more if I figure it out myself, and you are probably correct. After figuring out most of the ways to do something wrong, the right way comes pretty easy....
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    If anyone can help, please speak up. It looks...

    If anyone can help, please speak up.
    It looks like the first difficulty i need to deal with is how to get better edges and not too narrow when carved.
    If I can get at least that much figured out I...
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    I take that back. This way is not going to work....

    I take that back. This way is not going to work. Before cleaning up the rough edges on the sides I am already about 1/8" too narrow.
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    It's kind of sloppy. I can make it work, but...

    It's kind of sloppy. I can make it work, but would prefer to put my time into doing things the right way. If and when I learn how.
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    Here I went ahead and ran the pieces face down...

    Here I went ahead and ran the pieces face down through my drum sander until I got to the desired thickness and could see some daylight come through from the carving.
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    I carved these at optimal setting. They turned...

    I carved these at optimal setting. They turned out the correct size and looked pretty good.

    http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/february/g005.jpg
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    I was hoping if I showed how I carved this, some...

    I was hoping if I showed how I carved this, some of the more experienced guys might step up and tell me what I am doing wrong, if I am doing something potentially dangerous, or if they know a better...
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    New Guy WIP Pistol Grips - Advice Needed

    I will start by saying I am brand new at this and am just starting to catch on......maybe.

    My project is to scan and carve pistol grips for a model 1911.

    The scan shown is the best I have been...
  10. Thank You Michael, In the test scans I have seen...

    Thank You Michael,
    In the test scans I have seen how the positioning of the item to be scanned can affect the final outcome (carving too). Some of what looks to be flaws in the scan do not even show...
  11. Just did a test carve and it looked good. At best...

    Just did a test carve and it looked good. At best setting a lot of the bumps that showed on the scan did not carry over to the wood. I will try with optimal setting and a harder wood and see how that...
  12. In the scan I had not done any cleanup. Just fill...

    In the scan I had not done any cleanup. Just fill in of the holes. The probe looked ok when taken apart. I was careful everything was in place when reassembling. This is a definite improvement, just...
  13. This is the new scan of a pair of grips. A...

    This is the new scan of a pair of grips.
    A little cleaner than before but not quite right compared to what Fletcher posted.

    What do you guys think? Good enough? or send it in to be looked at? I...
  14. OK, first of all, time for a big DUHHHHHHH. I...

    OK, first of all, time for a big DUHHHHHHH.
    I had read in other threads about the update for the resizing but hadn't bothered to see if I was running the current software. I had 1.175. I have...
  15. I talked to the guys at HQ and it sounds like...

    I talked to the guys at HQ and it sounds like there is issues with the probe I have. 2 of the 3 screws are too tight to be able to loosen so I will be sending the probe to have it looked at. They...
  16. I don't know of anyone nearby with a machine. I...

    I don't know of anyone nearby with a machine.
    I think 1st thing I will do is take apart the probe and see what's up there. Or......maybe I'll call headquarters 1st so I don't void the warranty or...
  17. I finished the scan with a grip positioned...

    I finished the scan with a grip positioned differently, a knife blade and a quarter all glued securely in place. Still seems pretty rough to me.

    In the previous post I mentioned the probe tip does...
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    I am still working out a few issues before I have...

    I am still working out a few issues before I have the process going how I want it to go. It is not issues with the machine but with my ignorance. I seem to be a slow learner. I haven't carved any...
  19. Ask Bud and CNS Ranch, My apologies. I got tied...

    Ask Bud and CNS Ranch,
    My apologies. I got tied up with other stuff and was unable to check the forum before now. Thank you for taking the time to give your good advice.
    The set screws on the...
  20. Here is an attempt to post one of the scans with...

    Here is an attempt to post one of the scans with the rough surface.
    The piece scanned was smooth (sanded to 600 grit). The item scanned was superglued to the sled so no chance of movement or...
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    Blur seemed to work best for smoothing them out....

    Blur seemed to work best for smoothing them out. Now I need to carve them to see what happens.
    Thank You Dan!
  22. Getting Rough Surface when scanning smooth item

    I tried to find any posted info before asking this question. I am sure it is probably happening because of operator error.

    When I scan a smooth item (pistol grip) the scan ends up with a rough...
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    Sorry, I haven't been here for a while. I am...

    Sorry, I haven't been here for a while.
    I am currently doing the backside of the grips by hand.
    The pattern I am using for the front is from a scan I did with some grips provided to me by a...
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    I have been practicing and think I almost have...

    I have been practicing and think I almost have things down pat.
    Here are 2 sets, walnut burl and sycamore.

    http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/january/g003.jpg
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    After I have everything perfected I will be...

    After I have everything perfected I will be breaking into my stash. I set aside a few sets of Ironwood Burl scales as well as a mix of different types of burl that I had stabilized by K&G. As I am...
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