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by krtwood
Mon Apr 17, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

Took a break from this over the winter but I finally got the machine to the point I was able to start running an actual job. Overview: cnc-finished.jpg Close up of the DC, which is mounted to the X carriage (where the limit switch is supposed to go). I will probably take another pass at this in the ...
by krtwood
Thu Oct 13, 2016 4:44 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

UPS and Fedex will both do up to 108" in length, so a 4' machine is certainly possible to ship conventionally but may be cheaper to go LTL depending on the size and weight of the whole package. I know a number of YouTube people that got free 1000mm X-Carves and then got rid of them because they were...
by krtwood
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:35 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

The patient has a heartbeat. I was a little worried when I got the gantry on the rails moving it by hand it really shook the gantry moving over the joint in the rails. But under its own power it seems to pass over it without any issues. We'll see when I start actually running jobs but I'm optimistic...
by krtwood
Thu Sep 15, 2016 10:04 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

2) The extrusion changed. The v-rails don't come to a point anymore. No big deal. The wall thickness increased by somewhere between .005" and .010", so the outside dimensions have increased. This is a problem. No matter what I do the gantry is going to be loose on the old section of rails. Won't kn...
by krtwood
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:35 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

So I have the torsion box ready and have the new rails joined to the old rails. Still a lot to do between that and a functioning machine. There were a couple surprises in joining the rails. 1) While all the ends of the old rails were as square as a I cared to measure, none of the ends of the new rai...
by krtwood
Sat Sep 03, 2016 8:36 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Re: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

I will definitely support the joint as there's really no reason to not do it. I thought about getting a plastic 2"x3" block to use instead of mdf as something more stable but the last time I did that was the fence faces on my router table and they inexplicably keep warping worse than cheap plywood. ...
by krtwood
Fri Sep 02, 2016 9:50 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Joining Shapeoko 3 rails
Replies: 14
Views: 7231

Joining Shapeoko 3 rails

Given the lack of news of any larger versions coming out and the feeling that anything bigger is going to have so much more to it that an upgrade from the stock machine no longer makes sense, I decided to get the XXL and experiment with joining the stock rails onto the longer rails for the Y axis. I...
by krtwood
Fri Sep 02, 2016 7:46 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Exact dimensions of XXL Shapeoko
Replies: 4
Views: 3761

Re: Exact dimensions of XXL Shapeoko

I can't give you exact dimensions because I don't have it assembled but allow for at least 3" on the side for the box, so call it 48". The router will also extend out past the machine when you bring the gantry all the way to the end by about 3" in the other direction. It's pretty much designed to fi...
by krtwood
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:08 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New X-carve and profiles?
Replies: 6
Views: 1197

Re: New X-carve and profiles?

CastIrony wrote: Certainly an improvement over what they had before, but I'm not exactly jealous.
1) At least you can actually buy it without a box of steel and MDF and misc stuff coming along for the ride.
2) Two sets of v-rails are better than one.
by krtwood
Sun Aug 14, 2016 5:51 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Infill recommendation?
Replies: 6
Views: 1263

Re: Infill recommendation?

I prefinish the panel before milling so there's nothing in the carved areas. I think it also acts like a weak glue to help hold the fibers together. I just do a coat or two of shellac since it dries really fast. If I'm worried about losing depth then I'll give the v-carving a little bit of start dep...