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    I am working on creating a 43" template to carve into cedar planks. I have a lot left over from a closet project and figured they would make great signs.

    The question I have, how can I reduce the time carving on the CW. The opening is 3.8" Wide by 36" long. With a normal carve setting, it will take 2 hours to complete. I was thinking I might be able to carve a small region around the outer edges as well as the thumb ports and then do the rest with my router. I am not very good with a router as I have never used mine.

    I am uploading the .MPC in case anyone want to take a try and see if they can find a better way to complete the long carve.

    Thanks for any help as I am still trying to get something started with my new machine.

    Chris Jones
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    to reduce your time, cjones, the 6 holes on the side, I would use a drill function, .9 d, .25 deep, 1/8" bit. the side holes seem to be an oval, not sure about that one.
    the rect tangle in the middle can be milled out using a 1/8" bit and then a 3/8" straingt cut bit or whatever you may have.
    To do this, you have to reduce the size of the rect. by 1/8" length and width, C/C, apply an 1/8" bit .25 deep, I would repeat the reduction about 4 times to get the groove away from the edge of the original rect. size.
    Then I would start reducing the rect. size by 3/8" until you have remove all of the wood in the middle.
    simple as mud huh!
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    Hope this helps
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjones View Post
    I am working on creating a 43" template to carve into cedar planks. I have a lot left over from a closet project and figured they would make great signs.

    The question I have, how can I reduce the time carving on the CW. The opening is 3.8" Wide by 36" long. With a normal carve setting, it will take 2 hours to complete. I was thinking I might be able to carve a small region around the outer edges as well as the thumb ports and then do the rest with my router. I am not very good with a router as I have never used mine.

    I am uploading the .MPC in case anyone want to take a try and see if they can find a better way to complete the long carve.

    Thanks for any help as I am still trying to get something started with my new machine.

    Chris Jones
    I changed the carve region to a spiral pocket cut and the finger holes to a drill function. I think you will find that this cuts much faster and will leave the side walls vertical. Uses only the 1/8" cutting bit.
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    Steve, I feel like I'm in kindergarten , how do you set up a spiral pocket cut, do you have a utube video for this?
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    I have often wondered why it is that
    Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of
    the fool to the left."

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    I just used Corel Draw. It has a "Contour" function that automatically copies the closed figure to the center by an arbitrary distance. Sort of like automating the offset feature in the Designer. Then I disconnected the lines on one corner and joined them with the next corner down and exported as a DXF. Bergerud does it all the time. I don't know if he has a procedure that he uses or just does it manually like I did.
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    ok the word is" Corel Draw", that would be a great feature for some 3.0 software upgrades. may 2d or 3d
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    I have often wondered why it is that
    Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of
    the fool to the left."

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    Quote Originally Posted by myshop1044 View Post
    ok the word is" Corel Draw", that would be a great feature for some 3.0 software upgrades. may 2d or 3d
    I'm not sure what you mean. Corel Draw is a 3rd party draw program that is analogous to Adobe Illustrator.
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    You could also set the grid spacing in the Designer to a distance slightly smaller than the diameter of the bit you intend to use and draw it using the connected lines tool. By using a continuous line the bit doesn't have to lift, reposition, and drop for each successively smaller rectangle. That should save time and also help reduce tracking errors. Vector cuts are almost always faster than raster cuts and produce vertical side walls because the cutting bit is straight and not tapered like the carving bit.
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    yes CW is rather week on the drawing tools, I will give it a try with a 3/8" grid tomorrow and see what happens, thanks again , nice talking to you.
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    I have often wondered why it is that
    Conservatives are called the "right" and Liberals are called the "left".
    "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of
    the fool to the left."

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