Sorry if this issue has been asked and addressed, but I couldn’t find the answer. . .
After my bit starts to carve it occasionally “skips” quickly to a random point on the other side of the piece, badly marring the piece with scratches. It seems to be random - it’s not going to certain points in the pattern (that I can tell).
It also does not seem to be going from the end of one tool path to the beginning of another. . .
I tried raising the height of the bit during fast moves, but this didn’t seem to do anything. Maybe I didn’t raise it enough? I can try raising it some more. But the question still remains of why the thing is jumping around in the first place. Sometimes it jumps from one section, carves for a few seconds in another point - often just a tiny mark - and then jumps back, scratching the piece the whole way.
I’m still playing around with scrap wood, but I’d like to solve the problem before I run out of excess maple stock and before I’m working on something I don’t want marred!
BTW, thank you, experienced guys, for reading these posts and trying to help. I’m sure some of our questions make you shake your head with wonder at our ignorance, but I think I can speak for all newbies when I say we truly appreciate your wisdom! Most of us are learning as fast as we can… lol.