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by madhatter
Mon Jan 15, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: I Don't Recall Seeing This Before - Clockwork Hummingbird
Replies: 1
Views: 1344

I Don't Recall Seeing This Before - Clockwork Hummingbird

I have no time for this but I thought it was really cool.

http://www.derekhugger.com/colibri.html
by madhatter
Tue Dec 19, 2017 8:22 pm
Forum: Software - CAD, CAM, Workflow Help
Topic: Help!! Trying to avoid duplicating work
Replies: 1
Views: 299

Re: Help!! Trying to avoid duplicating work

My process (I use Inkscape and makercam.com) for doing this exact thing is: Use the "Pocket" operation to hog out the area using 0.2500" bit. (Just picked that one for no reason) Switch to 0.1250" bit (you can step down to no smaller than 1/2 the diameter of the previous bit without leaving any mate...
by madhatter
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:47 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Shapeoko 3 & Easel, maybe?
Replies: 1
Views: 413

Re: Shapeoko 3 & Easel, maybe?

I make cribbage boards, bottle openers, game boards, dominoes boxes using Inkscape and makercam.com. Inkscape is great because you can vectorize just about any picture if it has enough contrast or sharp edges. It can't do everything though, so mostly I search for "[whatever you want] line art" or "[...
by madhatter
Sun Nov 19, 2017 12:47 am
Forum: Member Projects
Topic: 3D Printed Holder for Incra "Build-It" Clamps for Pegboard
Replies: 0
Views: 684

3D Printed Holder for Incra "Build-It" Clamps for Pegboard

I designed a clamp holder for the Incra clamps I use on my SO3 to help keep them out of the way to go with the PreciseBits collet and wrench holder and sanding disc container holder for 1in sanding discs. I use a lot of the 1in discs for sanding pockets so I bought a 1in gasket punch and I can get 1...
by madhatter
Fri Nov 17, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bleaching wood, removing tannin?
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: Bleaching wood, removing tannin?

Oh, man, I have no idea. I just ordered the stuff myself last night, so I have no idea. After thinking about it, I think I would apply a sealer or waterproof finish to the wood before engraving so there will need to be less sanding, just in case the ammonium chloride soaks in farther than you want t...
by madhatter
Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Bleaching wood, removing tannin?
Replies: 5
Views: 891

Re: Bleaching wood, removing tannin?

What about going the other way. I just watc[*]hed this video on using ammonium chloride and a heat gun to chemically burn wood. If you are wanting to only stain the engraved areas, the process below might work. EDIT: Coat with waterproof sealer to stop the ammonium chloride from soaking in on the no...
by madhatter
Mon Oct 02, 2017 3:51 pm
Forum: Trim Routers
Topic: DeWalt 611 durability/maintenance
Replies: 17
Views: 8677

Re: DeWalt 611 durability/maintenance

Just installed new brushes again at 372 hours (first set made it to 250 hours). Interesting that this time they lasted only half as long. I know I was doing a lot more plastic cutting at lower RPMs, but that is a pretty big difference. Most of my cutting occured at 20K - 26K RPMS instead of the 14K-...
by madhatter
Wed Aug 23, 2017 1:13 am
Forum: Discussion
Topic: Would a MLCS 9410 Speed controller work with DeWalt DW660?
Replies: 2
Views: 324

Re: Would a MLCS 9410 Speed controller work with DeWalt DW66

I have the SuperPID speed controller and it works great. There is a bit of work getting it to read correctly, but I thought it was worth it.
by madhatter
Tue Aug 22, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Discussion
Topic: New tablet or laptop for milling ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2226

Re: New tablet or laptop for milling ?

I am using a 9 year old Dell laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor and windows 7, and like Dan_the_Chemist I use the laptop just for the control of the ShapeOko and I have a more powerful desktop in the house that I use for SolidWorks and Inkscape. Everything goes on my FreeNAS and is accessible on...
by madhatter
Tue Jul 18, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Shapeoko 3 Assembly
Topic: Tapping holes for the drag chains
Replies: 6
Views: 936

Re: Tapping holes for the drag chains

You could get some 3D printed brackets to hold your drag chain like these that I designed: http://imgur.com/a/SZGXq If you have limit switches, one of the brackets interferes with the mounting brackets of the limit switches, so these specific ones might not be the best bet. I'll eventually upgrade t...