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  1. Looking for recommendations

    Pictures of the individual parts will help us picture the orientation of the parts on the CNC bed.
  2. Font problems (RESOLVED)

    Changed to FireFox from Chrome and everything is working fine. Don't know why but changing settings in Chrome won't save the font choices and clearing the cache did not work.
  3. Projects?

    John I'm back and will be here off and on. I had a head ache project that I started posting and then got way too busy to continue. I was spending 7 days a week in the shop and just did not have time to do anything on the computer except emails and design files. I'll finish posting the remainder of the project within the next few weeks. I had a bunch of inlays to do just before Christmas for the cutting board company and spent a few nights working on them till 1:00 in the morning. I am also in charge of the local CNC user group and have had to do the demos for a few months, can't get volunteers, also had to do a last minute software demo for the local Woodcraft store because the regular guy could not do it. I will be making a PDF of the presentation I gave at the CNC user group meeting this last Tuesday and only had 2 days to get ready for the presentation and did not have time to do a PDF. I'll post it here in the files section when I get it finished but it may be 3 or 4 weeks before I get it done. I'm just buried in work right now. and the grass is growing and trees blooming. Life goes on!
  4. For all you guys

    That should be a good one to help get rid of smaller scrap pieces when they accumulate.
  5. Looking for recommendations

    I don't think you will have a problem finding a CNC in your price range that will cut your parts but from what I am looking at your main concern would be to make sure the machine will have plenty of Z axis height and a gantry that can handle the weight of a large spindle because you will need to use some large tooling to make it cost efficient. This project will call for 2 sided machining. Once you create modes for the parts you might also want to make some fixtures to hold the blanks for machining and alignment when the blanks are turned over to carve the back side.
  6. Font problems (RESOLVED)

    I had a computer crash and it has been back up and running for about a week. This is the first time I have logged in here since the crash. I can read the headers, they are a light weight font but are easily read. My problem is the font used in the body of the post is light in some letters and almost gone in others. It is very hard to read. I'm not having this problem on other sites. I'm not sure what the font it is but even making the text larger does not help to be able to read the posts. Is there a setting somewhere on the site that I can select the font used?
  7. Congratulations to the winners of the raffle prizes. And a big THANKS to the sponsors for the prizes they donated. Thanks to everyone for making this happen!
  8. Jim thanks for adding the Easy Wood Tools turning tools. Come on turners get your raffle tickets, these are great carbide tools and remember this is not just about the prizes, it's about giving the Merlo family a great Christmas.
  9. Come on guys don't make it too easy for me to win that $500 gift certificate because It will be very hard to decide what I want to get and it will mean a lot of hair pulling and I don't have any to spare. Let's all make sure we show the Merlo family how much we value the great sacrifice that was made for us. Put some smiles on Charlie's and Camilla's faces and leave them with memories of a great Christmas. And don't forget, I'd like to keep what little hair I have.
  10. New Project - Head Shaped Bookshelf

    I looked at using two 3/8" layers of bendable plywood but the minimum radius is listed as 12" so I would have to do a lot of modifications the the plywood and then I would have to come back and veneer the outside and inside and hardwood cap the face to cover the joint. I opted to use solid wood. I'll have to cut the head parts in pieces and also because my band saw is limited to a 6" cut i'll have to cut 2 of each part and glue them together. I started with a 8/4 x 12" x 11' red oak board. This was enough to get 16 of the 19 head part blanks from with out glue ups at this point. Had to stop and align the tables on a new Dewalt DW735 planer so that's one less thing on my to do list. Then I got 2 glue ups done for the remaining 3 shapes and a jig glued up to use on the band saw. At this point I had to stop and move a few things around the shop so I could get to the band saw (did I say I don't have room to move around in my shop). I was in the process of getting it setup again (had not been used in about a year) and got a call from one of my other customers that had problems with his CNC (bit buried in the material and the controller program locked up on him) had to drop everything and go to his shop. Got him back up and running and didn't get back home until about 8:00 PM.
  11. New Project - Head Shaped Bookshelf

    I used my Aspire CNC software for design and to make the marking templates for the head shape.
  12. Spiral Maple trivet

    Love that design, like Kelly says it is simple and functional. Watching the videos of your machine cutting is pushing my closer and closer to replacing my 2 larger machines. Can I tell my wife it is all your fault?
  13. Starting a new project a head shaped bookshelf made from red oak. The customer could not find anyone that would even consider doing this project for him. I got the design finalized and emailed the itemized bid to him and I was kind of hoping my bid would scare him into not doing the project but all he said was do you want half to start. This is the design he accepted. It will be about 3 1/2 feet wide, 5 1/2 feet tall and 11 1/2 inches deep.
  14. What Would You Build?

    From my experience most of the people looking for recommendations are hobbyists looking to add a CNC to do craft type projects. Most want a small footprint machine because they don't have much room in their shops. There are some like MT Stringer that bought one for cabinet work and to do crafts.

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