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    This is now how I am attaching hose (it swivels). Using 2 1/4 inch shop vac hose (standard) with the adaptor
    that hooks two hoses together. I added a piece of aluminum to bottom side. On a 45 min. test project,
    the dust was minimal (middle picture) and something I can live with. The aluminum angles at about a 45
    degree and is about an 1/8 above board while being cut.

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    Hi everyone,

    I received my CarveWright yesterday mid-morning and completed my first carve that afternoon. I did 'Fletcher's DC' which turned out quite nice. I'm using 2-1/4" hose on my vac system and would like to know how I might proceed with cutting a hole in the shield. I've made a reducing collar and attached a quick disconnect (sorta) coupling which will be vertical - no pics yet but will later. I'm thinking of using my flex shaft rotary tool but have never cut plastic - any suggestions on the type of cutter or technique to use?

    Looking forward to joining in and learning from the vast experience shared so freely on the forum.

    p.s.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a good brand of double-sided tape? I have some (brand unknown) but it is quite aggressive and hard to get pieces seperated and off of the project.
    Last edited by Iron Mike; 05-08-2014 at 10:02 AM. Reason: Added tape comment

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    I used a dremmel tool with a cutting disc and although it melted a little it cut it well and the melted plastic came off with my fingers and left a clean cut.

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    Take the cover off, lay a steel rule along the edge you want to cut off. Take a sharp point (they make a plastic knife for a few bucks at lowes) object and scribe a line being careful the first time to stay on the rule edge. Once you have a scribe mark scribe it again and again using more pressure. Once you have it cut fairly deep, snap it. Like glass the plastic will break along the line.

    Only applies with a straight line!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Mike View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I received my CarveWright yesterday mid-morning and completed my first carve that afternoon. I did 'Fletcher's DC' which turned out quite nice. I'm using 2-1/4" hose on my vac system and would like to know how I might proceed with cutting a hole in the shield. I've made a reducing collar and attached a quick disconnect (sorta) coupling which will be vertical - no pics yet but will later. I'm thinking of using my flex shaft rotary tool but have never cut plastic - any suggestions on the type of cutter or technique to use?

    Looking forward to joining in and learning from the vast experience shared so freely on the forum.

    p.s.

    Anyone have a recommendation for a good brand of double-sided tape? I have some (brand unknown) but it is quite aggressive and hard to get pieces seperated and off of the project.
    I cut mine with a band saw and a good fence. Perfectly straight and no melting.
    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iron Mike View Post
    Anyone have a recommendation for a good brand of double-sided tape? I have some (brand unknown) but it is quite aggressive and hard to get pieces seperated and off of the project.
    I use Woodcraft's "turner's tape". It holds well and thin enough to use in sleds.

    http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/200...-x-36-Yds.aspx
    Steve

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    Thanks for the inputs guys, I'll give it go in a couple of hours.

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    Looks like I got it done without any major mishap. The hose connections are from a old shop-vac and the male/female connectors friction-fit together so it's very easy to connect/disconnect and the lid will open enough to change bits. Did a short plywood carve and I'm quite happy with it. Now to learn how to use the machine. Thanks for the cutting and tape suggestions.

    FYI - the rollers I use with my table saw as run-off extensions; either single (centered behind the blade) or side-by-side (for wider work). By adjusting the chain links at the machine and roller length extension I can quickly adjust distance and height position. The turnbuckles give me fine tuning for height. Everything moves with the machines so no worry about an uneven floor and such.


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    Nice. That cart setup is sharp too.
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    Good job on those DC carves! Nice setup.
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