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Charles Dearing

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Charles Dearing
Gatesville, united States

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A simple design I made that is 8 inches wide by 12 inches tall (as I cut it).
I did it in 5-stage passes at 5 inches per minute, 0.040 in depth per pass.
The material was birch ply and was 3/16 thick (0.188 in). I used a fish tail 1/16 cutting diameter, 1/8 shank 2 flute bit.

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How to cut this project

If you’re as cautious as I am about preserving bits:
Use 5 inch-per-minute passes with 0.040 in. depth per pass. Total of 5 passes.
The project takes about 3 hours at 8 × 12.
Use a 1/16 cutting diameter-1/8 shank, 2 flute fish tail bit on the 24 volt spindle or your preferred tool.
I designed this as with 99% of my work. I took it into inkscape and clicked “Display Mode” then “Outline”.
I then clicked on “Path” and “Trace Bitmap”. In the pop up window I clicked “Update” then “ok”.
I then click on the red outline and delete. Save the file as SVG.
This is how I do my projects. Due to being in the habit when cutting on a scroll saw I went with the “Inside” option for the cutting path.
Start the project in Easel.
Choose your material and put in the dimensions of the wood you will be using.
Choose your depth per pass.
Choose “inside” for the cuts unless you want to clear out only a certain amount of depth…then you would choose “Fill”.
Choose the inches per minute cut you’re comfortable with.
Your specific settings can vary depending on your comfort/confidence level…as well as if you use a trim router or not.
Make sure the bit is “kissing” the surface after securing it down with clamps. Home everything and hit CARVE!