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by Forrest Chapman
Tue, Feb 28 2006, 9:18PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Anyone working with Avonite/other acrylic solid surfaces?
Replies: 5
Views: 1422

Hey Mike, We machine solid surface all the time and have good success with a 1/4\" upshear with 1\" cut length. Put the tool as far in the collet as the spiral cut will allow as this will eliminate flex. Run 18,000 rpm at 150 to 180 ipm to start and if it is cutting okay then maybe go to 2...
by Forrest Chapman
Mon, Feb 27 2006, 9:11PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Router Guys
Replies: 0
Views: 996

Router Guys

Hi All, Just want to inform everyone about something my uncle has made for us. It is basicaly a 10mm shank tool collet for anyone using a 5, 8, 10, 20, 32, or 40 mm tool with a 10mm shank and set screw. The only alternative that I've found is a tool holder specificaly made for this which cost about ...
by Forrest Chapman
Wed, Jan 18 2006, 8:59AM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: bits
Replies: 11
Views: 2253

Dave, We are using a Southeastern tool 3/8 comp cutter and pay about 38$ to 40$. Cutter speed 18000rpm at 600 to 700 ipm. Nick is right about it wearing in one place just a small notch where the melamine surface is. You can however continue to use the bit for plywood or mdf for a short time. Brian i...
by Forrest Chapman
Fri, Jan 13 2006, 10:46PM
Forum: eCabinet Systems Software
Topic: Anyone else for the stripped down version of Ecabinets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4771

Mike, I definitly agree with the slow pay of big home improvement stores. I personaly am not looking into working for them althought it may be someone elses perogative. But this could apply to the guy down the street who has a design center and wants to offer something more unique and keep the money...
by Forrest Chapman
Fri, Jan 13 2006, 10:11PM
Forum: eCabinet Systems Software
Topic: Anyone else for the stripped down version of Ecabinets?
Replies: 15
Views: 4771

Mike, I think there would need to be a limit to what the client can get from the software. For example we only give out pretty pictures unless the client wants to pay for complete drawings. This limits the amount of job theft. Each clients version could have a code that will send the full file to th...
by Forrest Chapman
Thu, Jan 12 2006, 8:22PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Table Flatness
Replies: 32
Views: 6465

Dave,

Very sorry for the delay. I'm not sure why its not working for you but tommorow I'll give it a look. Are you using a wasteboard? If so how often are
you flycutting your spoilboard? We only flycut once a year.


Forrest
by Forrest Chapman
Tue, Jan 10 2006, 10:32PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Cost Vs. Reward
Replies: 12
Views: 2830

Ed, Wow, I hope you're not losing sleep over this. One thing at a time. I don't think any of Thermwoods routers for cabinet shops cost any less than 75 or 80K so I'm not sure where the 10K came from. You have considered that this business will take time (alot) from your contracting. Do you have that...
by Forrest Chapman
Thu, Dec 08 2005, 12:41PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Dados the right way
Replies: 11
Views: 2092

Hey Thom, Since this is an ongoing conversation I thought to point out a few advantages to full thickness dado's for fixed shelves. 1. You can band either side. 2. You can place either way. 3. You only have one setting to change in parameters. 4. You will have 2 less operations (to cut tenon thickne...
by Forrest Chapman
Wed, Dec 07 2005, 2:38PM
Forum: Customer Images
Topic: Mahogany door
Replies: 11
Views: 5503

Brian,

I just upgraded to bobart x pro and got the dxf's carvings with it. Hopefully this weekend I'll do some for myself. The carvings look pretty cool for the most part. Some thing for everyone, over 6000 to choose from.

Forrest
by Forrest Chapman
Mon, Dec 05 2005, 4:44PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Dados the right way
Replies: 11
Views: 2092

Thom,

The absolute easiest way to avoid this is use a full thickness dado. Simply choose blind dado the in dado parameters set tenon thickness to 100%.

Forrest
by Forrest Chapman
Sat, Dec 03 2005, 2:23PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Dust left from cutting
Replies: 16
Views: 3894

We don't use labels anymore so no problem with them sticking. We just write the cab number on the part and our assemblers know where they belong. If this is not an alternative for you we also had a vavumn line that Y'd off the main line over the center of the table and had a flexible hose with wand ...
by Forrest Chapman
Wed, Nov 16 2005, 4:31PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Just thought you would like to know
Replies: 4
Views: 1389

Thom, And anyone else who can use this info we have found it faster and easier to write the cab number on the parts instead of using labels. Does anyone else do this? You can print barcode labels only which are fine for flipops. This works if your guys don't require alot of additional part info. For...
by Forrest Chapman
Sun, Nov 13 2005, 3:25PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Table Flatness
Replies: 32
Views: 6465

Dave, I think 18HP is fine for a 4x8 we have a 40HP for a 5x12 with 2 ports. I don't see where the benafit of removing the gasket is. Our gasket is mashed flat anyway. I'm glad that the flycut program works for you however I did notice that its not the spiral in program that works best so I'll repos...
by Forrest Chapman
Wed, Nov 02 2005, 9:31AM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Table Flatness
Replies: 32
Views: 6465

Hi Bill, This is one of the flycut programs that we use on our Thermwood 40. We drew the program in BobcadCam but the Startup Post and end I borrowed from my CV Post. After the initial daylight set up if you use this program to flycut your spoilboard you can adjust the daylight value by the amount o...
by Forrest Chapman
Tue, Nov 01 2005, 12:57PM
Forum: Thermwood 3-Axis Machinery
Topic: Table Flatness
Replies: 32
Views: 6465

Hi All, Are you cutting plywood when this occures? Plywood is usually where we have this problem because the ply never sits completely flat allowing the wasteboard to float up under the material. If your waste board cups up on the edge then flip it when you flycut, don't worry about the grooves in t...

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