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Alas, my new laser should not be used to cut vinyl. Something about chlorine gas and death ... :oops:

So I am going back to the cnc router to carve vinyl LPs. I am currently using a 1/16" bit, and it works okay. I am trying to get even more detail, so short of buying a water jet, I am looking for a source for a 1/32" router bit with a 1/4" or 1/8" shank. I would chuck it into a Dewalt 611 router.

UPDATE! I found them on Amazon! (2) ordered.

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Not to sound paranoid ... but I search and search for something, and cannot find it on the Net. Then I post a message somewhere, such as on this forum, or I send an email to someone about the search, and SUDDENLY I receive emails about special offers for the thing I was searching for! :unsure: Coincidence? I don't think so!

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Coincidence? I don't think so!
There are bots everywhere!

How thick is the vinyl you're cutting? If it's thin you can use a drag knife on your CNC.
 

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I know someone who cuts patterns in old vinyl records using a scroll saw. It takes longer, but the result can be much higher resolution. A #2 or #1 0.010 " thick blade provides a pretty sharp edged kerf and there are smaller blades than this size available, but I don't know how well they will do in vinyl. I have cut vinyl records myself with the #2 and #1 blades, but cutting up old records is just not something that I enjoy doing.

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I know someone who cuts patterns in old vinyl records using a scroll saw. It takes longer, but the result can be much higher resolution. A #2 or #1 0.010 " thick blade provides a pretty sharp edged kerf and there are smaller blades than this size available, but I don't know how well they will do in vinyl. I have cut vinyl records myself with the #2 and #1 blades, but cutting up old records is just not something that I enjoy doing.

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ahh, yes! Those of you with steady hands and good eyes can do such marvelous things!

Unfortunately, we have the 800 pound gorilla in the room, the economy. What is the going price, for an LP that has been cut into a nice art piece? $20.00? $40.00? What is someone willing to pay for the TIME of the artist to handcraft such a piece as the example attached below?

The sad fact of our society is that people place almost NO VALUE on the craftsmanship or artistry of an object. They only want to pay the cheapest price, and they compare the price of handcrafted items to cheap copies from CHINA.

Yes, I have a scroll saw, and I could get the thinnest wire blade available, and spend many hours cutting out a magnificent piece. Will YOU buy it for the $150.00 I want to earn for my time? Nope. Neither will anyone else.

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The 1/32" router bits arrived. Now I have to find the 1/8" collet for the DeWalt 611 router to test them out. I have not given up on carving the LPs with a laser just yet, although I know it is strongly discouraged. I guess I could cut 1/8" black acrylic sheets to achieve the same results, even though they wouldn't actually be LPs. I wonder if they make 1/16" black acrylic...

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