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That is very neat Mike. I do have a question. How do you get your daughter to help you in the shop? Every once in a while me wife will help me lift something heavy but that is it.

You are a lucky man.
 

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No thanks, not my cuppa. If I wanted something like that I'd just sketch out what I wanted, cut it out, then use spray paint, stencils in other words. Or, I could make block prints, and print on the bag(s). Something like what you did, without the CNC.

But, in truth, if I wanted something like that on a bag, I'd just do the whole thing freehand.
 

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I hate to disappoint y'all, but that's not my video. However it does look a lot like my sister-in-law.

BTW, my wife does all sorts of stuff...install cabinets, stain the doors and drawer fronts, and paint the little projects.
 

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I agree it’s clever but also shows the limitations of smaller machines like the x-carve or shapeoko.

Even cutting a mere 1/10 inch deep took at least 2 passes, and with only a 1/8 inch bit, took a long time. A larger machine would easily cut 1/10 deep in a single pass, and could have wasted the majority of the material with a larger bit and fewer passes. A larger machine could have also have used a larger piece of stock and cut all the pieces at once (even the xcarve they used looked like it could have handled it, 16 x 16 would have been sufficient). I would have carved them all on a single piece and likely cut them apart on the tablesaw

I know the low price of machines like these is very attractive (I was/am very price conscious and limited in budget myself), but anyone thinking about them should also consider the limitations. They can get it done, but very slowly.
 

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I know the low price of machines like these is very attractive (I was/am very price conscious and limited in budget myself), but anyone thinking about them should also consider the limitations. They can get it done, but very slowly.
Low prices or not, I just cannot see getting one, period. I know they would do a lot of things, and do them well, regardless of how long it takes them. I just cannot see selling enough to get my money back to justify a purchase. Also I ran from 9 to 11 main frame computer, usually by myself, for years, and have no desire to get that involved with computers again. I can sketch out my designs, glue them to wood, cut them out, and make masters out of them, then clone those designs as many times as I want. To me that is enjoyable, I'll let you guys play with CNCs, I'll pass.
 

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Gee Joat,

Do you ever even smile occasionally? You give new meaning to "grumpy old fart!". Whatever anybody has ever done, it's not for you or you put them down. Except, of course, a plywood cane. Lighten up, man. You're too sour.
 

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Interesting, Mike. Maybe a sheet of rubber underneath would improve contact in large areas.

Many decades ago a friend (Vancouver artist: Kevin DuBois) had an antique printing press. As I recall, he would carve artwork into a graphite block, ink it, and apply paper over the block in the press.
 

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Gee Joat,

Do you ever even smile occasionally? You give new meaning to "grumpy old fart!". Whatever anybody has ever done, it's not for you or you put them down. Except, of course, a plywood cane. Lighten up, man. You're too sour.
People always tell me to smile, And I tell them that I am smiling. Even have been known to laugh out loud on occasion. Nah, I'm not putting the CNC guys down, if they want one, have the monety for one, let 'em have at it. CNC is just one of the things in life that is not for me; I do not eat sushi, unless it's well done, for example.
 
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