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    I have had zero success with any 30-degree bit…...

    I have had zero success with any 30-degree bit… the tips are too fragile to last through a job! My go to bit is the 3-flute 60 degree laser point CMT bit.

    SG
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    The gear or “pinion” on the motor shaft should be...

    The gear or “pinion” on the motor shaft should be absolutely tight! The set or “grub” screws were often installed two deep with the top one locking the bottom one. If you only re tighten the top one,...
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    Sure sounds like the pinion is loose on the motor...

    Sure sounds like the pinion is loose on the motor shaft!

    When checking the “grub” or set screws, remove it completely first to see if there’s another onr below it…

    SG
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    While we’re on the dust shoe topic… I’m wondering...

    While we’re on the dust shoe topic… I’m wondering how others with PRT twin Z’s have handled dust shoes?
    SG
  5. Thread: Vector art

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    Western as in cowboy? Lots of rope out there and...

    Western as in cowboy?
    Lots of rope out there and barbed wire.

    SG
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    I use a fanless PC. SG

    I use a fanless PC.
    SG
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    I decided that was the point... SG

    I decided that was the point...
    SG
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    Andy… Although lower left is the traditional 0,0...

    Andy…
    Although lower left is the traditional 0,0 you can have it anywhere you want! BUT… you’ll need to tell Aspire. Under the job setup tab is a “XY Datum position” box… check the location that is...
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    A corner block is a fixture for finding the X,Y...

    A corner block is a fixture for finding the X,Y and Z coordinates of a piece of material… more specifically, for setting the origin at a corner of the material. Since most CNC users have a Z-zero...
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    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folded_U.S...

    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Folded_U.S._Flag.svg

    https://www.raisingourkids.com/coloring-pages/patriotic/memorial-day/011-tomb-unknown-soldier.html

    Are you looking for somthing to...
  11. I see a few on eBay and craig’s list for “new”...

    I see a few on eBay and craig’s list for “new” price!
    Might be time to look at a Chinese spindle…

    SG
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    Well… it took some hunting and digging, but...

    Well… it took some hunting and digging, but here’s a jig I used to use.
    The copper pipe cap is embedded in the jig. And the jig can be located anywhere on the table. The bit is placed somewhere...
  13. Thread: Spoil Board

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    Ken… I don’t recommend PVC for a spoilboard...

    Ken…

    I don’t recommend PVC for a spoilboard unless you have other support under it. PVC, even 1”, will slowly sag between supports. Many years ago, I used to use MDO as a base support and Ľ”...
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    I’m curious… typically Alpha steppers have purple...

    I’m curious… typically Alpha steppers have purple labels. Has oriental motors changed their longstanding practice? Or is this actually a standard machine?

    SG
  15. Thread: X and Z move

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    Jerry… Any chance some cables got moved...

    Jerry…

    Any chance some cables got moved around?

    SG
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    Aww shucks guys! My heart attack was just a mild...

    Aww shucks guys! My heart attack was just a mild one… I’m going to be around awhile yet!

    SG
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    I’m anxiously awaiting others responses! as I’m...

    I’m anxiously awaiting others responses!
    as I’m experiencing the same thing!

    SG
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    Now… before you get in trouble… when you set up...

    Now… before you get in trouble… when you set up your bit database, watch the tool numbers you assign to them… bits 1-19 will cut on the Z axis 20-39 on the A (second Z axis).

    SG
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    “Now if I can figure out how to zero it..” ...

    “Now if I can figure out how to zero it..”

    Somewhere in the files you downloaded from ShopBot, is a file called “Azero”. You run that file just like it’s a cut file…

    SG
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    Eric... In the ShopBot control software under...

    Eric...

    In the ShopBot control software under the “Values” tab. Select “Display values” this will bring up a list of option… don’t mess with ones you’re unsure about! On the “Number of Axes” line...
  21. Thread: Table legs

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    “What final woods are being considered?” ...

    “What final woods are being considered?”

    Pecan, Oak, Walnut and Osage Orange!
    The wood will be, or has been, cut from his property. The Osage Orange (Bodark for you southerners) will be...
  22. Thread: Table legs

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    Table legs

    I was asked to design/make a series of “Farmhouse” tables. My customers interpretation of “farmhouse” is long and narrow, thick top and chunky legs.
    ...
  23. Thread: Hershey Fonts

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    Not exactly sure what you need... Does this...

    Not exactly sure what you need...
    Does this help?

    http://paulbourke.net/dataformats/hershey/
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    How are you trying to insert them? Lately the...

    How are you trying to insert them?

    Lately the only way that works for me is to use the insert image icon.

    http://www.talkshopbot.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=33958&stc=1

    The manage...
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    Graham… It looks similar to an issue I had...

    Graham…

    It looks similar to an issue I had when the down blast of warm air from my router dried out the damper interior of the board during a very long (timewise) cut. The solution, for me, was to...
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