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finally got the time to really get the spoil board dead on squared up and ran a few pieces. This lap top will not open a jpg file format so no pictures.
But the timing was perfect to carve something for a really good friend of mine that passed away yesterday, unexpectedly. Well his family, He was a believer in Jesus, and a really good friend. I was in the process of staining some wood to carve for something else, but it was perfect for carving for his family too. I was really glad I had the cnc router when I found out he passed. My mind went straight to, what can I carve for his wife and children. It turned out great and dead on square and straight as well.
I had had tried to set up T tracks but that turned into a flop. the clamps were too tall, so I took it all apart again. I homed the machine, dropped the 60 degree v bit into the spoil board a few thousands and cut the spoil board in Y both sides, and in X front and back. Laid a piece of T track on the left side Y, clamped it, and screwed it down. A 3 inch piece of mdf 12 inches long laid square to the T track. This piece was centered with a pencil mark on center where I can carve multiple pieces one right after the other, by only barely marking the front center, tiny mark, lining it up, clamping it tight quickly, turning the router back on, and touching the run button in UGS.;)
I have my garage wired up now completely off the house by itself with 3-20 amp circuits. lots of led lights, more coming. Mega V squared up dead on, I can see clearly now as well.
Note on the Mega V , Z homing switch. The screw that triggers the Z homing switch needs to be about perfectly in the middle of the bracket, NOT SITTING ON THE BOTTOM OF THE HOLDER! With the screw in the bottom it lets Z barely go up to high !
You all have a great week,
God Bless you all,
Ray
 

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Appreciate it hindusoul,, always try to be safe. as I tell my mother, :) I have been running cutting, pressing, and punching equipment, I do tree work as well, most all my life and still have all my fingers in tack.,, knock on wood , stay focused when the blades are running,.
I just finished some stuff I have been planning for a while, it turned out really good too. pictures soon :)

you all have a great week, I have already made lots of noise, sawdust, and minwax smells this morning, headed back that way ,
God Bless you all,
Ray
 

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I designed and made a clamping set up perfect for this machine for reproducing one right after the other carvings that are dead on. rewired my garage, better lighting, leds, :) . Sorting a lot of the issues I was having at the start away.
I am getting old now , possibly hard headed as well, but loves a challenge. I actually think I can figure out most problems that make a lot walk away or never believe they can even do this stuff.
Many years ago for a long time I let some of the CNC equipment we ran intimidate me, and chose to stay on more physical equipment, you worked your butt off. After a while I watched some people running this equipment , not all but some that were lazy, which I am not, and crashed the equipment a lot as well. I started thinking I can do better than that, so I bid the job and got it. Really learned everything I could from the better operators, and added to that. The last 13 years I the trainer on all the equipment.
I said all that to say this, Never give up! Take what ever you do to the next levels always trying to improve everything you do.
I cut Jesus is Lord a lot. I just wrote a program to cut it .65 thousands deep into a piece of wood 1 inch thick. I was cutting it .50 thousands which looked cool, :).

You all have a great week,
God Bless,
Ray
 
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