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The first two parts cut on my CNC Shark, Has been fun to learn and a challenge. Looking forward to many more projects very soon.
-- Mark, Katy, Texas, Did they give Noah a hardtime about the wood boat in his driveway
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#1 posted 04-28-2015 04:27 PM
They both turned out very nice. I also have a shark but haven’t tried a 3D project like your flower. It is on the to-do list in the very near future.
Thanks for sharing.
Bill in MI
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#2 posted 04-28-2015 07:27 PM
Very cool what bit did you use?
#3 posted 04-28-2015 07:29 PM
Thank you, the roughing bit, 1/4” 2 flute, and finish bit, 1/8” ball nose carving bit. Still learning tools and speeds but fun to experiment with it.
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#4 posted 04-28-2015 08:11 PM
Nice projects even with training wheels. I’m thinking that’s my next major addition, but at 4 g’s that’s a big investment. My Sawstop was less than that and that gets used for every project.
-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.
#5 posted 04-28-2015 08:33 PM
I can understand that very much. I was thinking of buying a Sawstop saw as well. But my Delta Contractor saw has been doing a great job for me. So as I was doing studying CNC routers, Found CNC Sharks. My local Rockler store was great for info. They have a real nice special model at the store for 4 grand. It gives you 25” x 25” of carving area. But I told my wife for an extra grand get a double length. So I order the 25” x 50” capacity. Gives me ideas of carving head boards and large signs. For 800 dollars more get a 4 axis to carve table legs or bed post. You are really only limited by your imagination. It has been a great investment of money, but also returning to me. Much enjoyment making the future more with beautiful furniture and cabinets for our home. Everything I carved by hand always looked like a dead cat, no matter what I was trying to make. I just do not have that steady art hand to carve such beautiful items as I can do with this machine.
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#6 posted 04-28-2015 08:55 PM
Nice. I like that. I’d like to swing by some day and see it in action. Only problem is, I am on the opposite side of town from you. 46 miles to Bass Pro shop from my house in Channelview.
-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas
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#7 posted 04-29-2015 01:07 PM
Very nice rose and well executed. After 2 router rebuilds and as many years of use, I can say not much furniture was produced during this time. Although lessons learned has been useful, I’m to the point now of integrating a CNC into my shop. Depending on how one would use this technology, it can detract from the original idea of a woodworking hobby. Overall I found the CAD/CAM programming very time consuming. Spending several hours on a small 3d carving is a balancing act of shop time.
#8 posted 04-29-2015 03:04 PM
I can say that the programs I use from Vectric. ProCarve 8 and Cut3D have many youtubes and on their website many training videos. Takes a little time to watch. But once you do, easy to understand. Some projects only 10 minutes to program. The next project I am about to post. Took me 20 minutes to design and program. Making a 16” x 48” sign for my Antique Shop. The CNC Shark with the touch plate and having a MuscleChuck Quick change router chuck. Takes less than 5 minutes to change bits reset Z axis and back to running. The more I use this machine and program the easier it is. Wish I had done this much sooner. But Glad I waited for the bigger table to come out.
#9 posted 04-30-2015 02:17 AM
I have Cut 3D and agree if you have a readable design it’s a great Gcode generator. I’ve been using Art Cam 2013 because I can design and process Gcode in one step. Mark, how long was the machine time for the rose? I find my machine time for something like your rose would take up to 3+ hours depending on its size.
#10 posted 04-30-2015 01:22 PM
The roughing and cutout are very quick less than 5 minutes for each , but when time to do the finish pass with ball carving cutting the time is much longer, I think it was about just over 2 hours for the finish pass. When I am running the finish pass. I am doing other things with my table saw or miter saw or band saw. A few times while running a ball cutter. I did some sanding or painting as the router is busy working.
#11 posted 05-01-2015 12:46 AM
The finish bull nose cutting is about the same for me. Multi tasking in the shop is the key. Have fun with your new tool, I enjoy the idea of expanding my shops abilities. I now have to figure out what to do with the increased capabilities.
#12 posted 05-03-2015 05:25 PM
What are your thoughts on this one? I don’t see myself needing one as big as the one you have and I’m limited in my shop space.
#13 posted 05-04-2015 04:16 AM
Howdy Jim, The Piranha is a good model. I think our local Rockler this weekend. Was giving Demo’s of A Piranha. While smaller you still can do many projects with it. Nice deal coming with the Router. I can tell you the ProCarve and Cut3D software are great to use. With Vectric training and youtube training video to watch. It is a snap to begin using these machines. I wish you the best with it. Any questions you have just ask. If I know I will be glad to share.
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#14 posted 06-10-2015 06:10 PM
Hey Mark-How do you multi-task instead of mindlessly watching that bit go back and forth like I do :-)I bought the Anniversary edition Shark a couple months ago and have enjoyed it very much. They came out with the long table shortly thereafter…I use CorelDraw and export to a .dfx. Very fast and easy.
Regards from Georgetown, TX
-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...
#15 posted 06-10-2015 07:00 PM
Howdy Big Guy, Yep I almost bought the Anniversary unit myself. But while talking to Rockler salesman. Made the decision to buy the long bed. We want to make carving on Head boards and Foot boards. Also able to make large signs on one step with out having to slide the wood to a new position. And start the finish carving. I am currently saving up the money to buy the 4 axis rotor system for table legs and bed legs carvings. The only thing I have not tested yet is the Scan Probe. I have been looking for an old chair, that has a great shape chair bottom. To scan and keep that file when I want to build us some new wood chairs in the Future. That’s for the input and keep making those wood shavings ! ! !
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