Hey fam, back again after appreciating your input setting up my machine. Although I have a vested interest (I have primarily purchased my shapoko to do v-carve lettering on hardwood), I am dialling down on v-carving and thought it would be nice to have a place discuss best practice.
I am working with very limited v-bits atm and am primarily using the cheap Chinese red 90 deg 1/4in. cutters for my experiments. I would love to buy Armana but this is not practical from Aus, as replacing the inserts will cost me an arm and leg in shipping. Curious to know what others have used as a 2nd best approach?
Here’s the first attempt
getting better day 2, not happy with the serifs, seem to be much worse on the upcut. Think I’m in bad need of surfacing the wasteboard.
Day 3, back to the 90 degree bit. Freshly surfaced wasteboard, geometries off, wondering if I should change to vetric to specify conventional ramping? Tried some hardwood and it appears the bit is very dull and I need to thickness the hardwood. Could just be passable but aiming for perfections
So a few questions in there; is Vetric an inevitability with this kind of work? Is my bit choice silly? Thoughts and discussion much appreciated