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Got a call wanting to know if I'd do a family crest. I've done a couple coat of arms - they were simple forms with mountains. crosses, and such. So I said sure. He texted me a pic and I thought oh-oh, I'm screwed. Not to be defeated (I hate that) I turned to MEBCWD with a plea for help. He came up with a file (don't know how) on Aspire and sent it back to me. Here's the pic and the finished cut. My customer was ecstatic and I breathed a big sigh of relief. These are cut from 1 1/2 inch butcher block countertop from Menards. They measure 12 x 16 with golden oak stain and 4 coats of semi gloss poly.
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Can a Moderator move this to the CNC Forum -- It's late - I messed up

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Brilliant job, John. Bet you were glad for the help.
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Got a call wanting to know if I'd do a family crest. I've done a couple coat of arms - they were simple forms with mountains. crosses, and such. So I said sure. He texted me a pic and I thought oh-oh, I'm screwed. Not to be defeated (I hate that) I turned to MEBCWD with a plea for help. He came up with a file (don't know how) on Aspire and sent it back to me. Here's the pic and the finished cut. My customer was ecstatic and I breathed a big sigh of relief. These are cut from 1 1/2 inch butcher block countertop from Menards. They measure 12 x 16 with golden oak stain and 4 coats of semi gloss poly.
Nicely done. So many questions, I'm guessin you're using a ball nose bit. What size bit 1/4"? and do you do a 3D rough pass first or just go for it. I've never been very good with poly's. You spray or brush.
Thanks John for all the help you and other give me.
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No - never!!! All I did was cut the piece of material, load the file on a thumbdrive, line the machine up, and hit go ...... about 5 different times with different bits. CNC 101. Scott would have just cut it out with a chainsaw, painted it the original colors, and added a crusades battle scene along the edges.

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Nicely done. So many questions, I'm guessin you're using a ball nose bit. What size bit 1/4"? and do you do a 3D rough pass first or just go for it. I've never been very good with poly's. You spray or brush.
Thanks John for all the help you and other give me.
This was done on the small machine. I still wouldn't attempt it on the new one for a while yet.

Rough cut -- 1/4 end mill
Outside border Finish cut - 1/4 ball nose
Main finish cut - 1/8 ball nose
Shield detail cut - 1/16 ball nose
Helmet detail and text - 45 deg vcarve

Didn't have to do a profile cause I used a piece cut to size and worked from the xy centered. I'm sure the toolpaths could have been "changed" to one's own liking and comfort level, but that's how Mike did it. I used the file just as is. If it ain't broke - don't fix it. I don't know how he even made the file, but I do know it saved me a whole of time and teeth gnashing trying to do it myself. I don't think I could even have done it at my elementary Aspire level.

Most of my poly is applied with a brush - especially in cold weather since I use the basement. I only spray when I can do it in the garage or outside. And the sprayer is a pain if there's only one or two things to finish. I use oil based for brushing and water based floor poly for spraying (when I do it).

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Those really look good, John! What was the cut time on the small machine?

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They look great
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Those really look good, John! What was the cut time on the small machine?

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Not knowing what I was doing -- took better than 9 hours total for each.
These are pretty deep cuts. Would probably been 1/3 of that on the new machine -- from what I've been able to compare so far. Just estimates. Still in fear and awe with the new machine as well as learning Mach 3. Little more complicated than Linux.

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Nicely done, John and Mike!!

I would love to be able to convert an image like that as well. I just tried a quick 'create model from bitmap' image and it didn't turn out very well, so Mike must have some magic in his fingers...
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