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Tried router carving today, for the 1st time. Used a compact router with a V-groove bit on a paper template; it carves alright, but I spent thrice as long on cleaning up the grooves with a creatively shaped sandblock. Is there a dedicated bit for carving, barring CNC ?


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These are the only types I know of: https://freudtools.com/explore/route...ment/lettering

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Pictures would be a big help in trying to figure out what the problem might be.

It might also be the wood you used for the project. If it is softwood then you might get some tearing instead of cutting leaving a lot of cleanup. If it is in large open areas then the stepover could be the problem so you might need to use an end mill to clear the bottom of the cut.
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60ļ and 90ļ v-bits work well for sign making, I carved a lot of signs freehand before I got my CNC. As Mike says, it may the wood. The white mystery wood from the big box stores often has problems. Cedar fence boards carve easily and cleanly. Both of these signs were freehand carved from cedar using a v-bit in a Dewalt compact router. Perhaps you need a sharper bit?
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60ļ and 90ļ v-bits work well for sign making, I carved a lot of signs freehand before I got my CNC. As Mike says, it may the wood. The white mystery wood from the big box stores often has problems. Cedar fence boards carve easily and cleanly. Both of these signs were freehand carved from cedar using a v-bit in a Dewalt compact router. Perhaps you need a sharper bit?

Itís not the tearout, more like an inability to produce a clear, flat bottom carving. Had to take multiple passes and then chisel and sand the edges and the groove itself to make it look somewhat satisfactory. Itís also not the bit, because thatís the 1st time I used it. Tried it on pine, will post pics later.


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Too high a moisture content in the wood could cause a poor finish. Wet wood tends to be a bit stringy.

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Itís not the tearout, more like an inability to produce a clear, flat bottom carving. Had to take multiple passes and then chisel and sand the edges and the groove itself to make it look somewhat satisfactory. Itís also not the bit, because thatís the 1st time I used it. Tried it on pine, will post pics later.


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From that, I would say you are having problems because of the small stepover you need to clear the bottom of the pockets. They do make V-bits with flat bottoms that would help you get a cleaner cut at the bottom of the pocket like these

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00QPYCP44...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07W681QKR...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000P4O9NU...xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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Oliver I believe the white mystery wood from the big box stores is Aspen. I use it for some of my Dogwood Crosses to get the pure white color and it takes a lot more sanding than anything else I use.
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This is after some rigorous sanding and trying to straighten out the carved letter.


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Looks like you had a little bit of tear out in a couple of places. Of course, we don't know what the bottom looked like before it was cleaned up but a flat tip v-bit will help a lot.
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