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    Yep, I do use the acorn nuts on some machines....

    I've been sending out black locknuts on these white ones for
    nicer looks. They're not seen in the pictures because repeated
    tightening & loosening of the nylon insert type tend to ruin them
    after awhile.

    I do have someone willing to do the painting. But....he needs to get
    about $75 for each paint job. Painting sounds like a breeze. And for some
    it may be, but from my experience, the $75 the guy wants is a good price.
    Lots of time and attention to detail can go into a nice paint job.

    I'd sure love to have him do them, and I may in the future. Right now,
    I'm doing what I can to make them as inexpensive as possible....to get
    some out and in use showing examples of what they can do. For a machine
    that's being sold for less than $500, I don't know of one that'll do better
    work....


    John



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    A4 model. Approx. 10.5 x 9 x 4 cutting area.

    This one started as a prototype to see where things needed to be
    sized and adjusted and hole placement. But it's really looking Great
    already....

    It's only about half done right now. Lots of time just looking at it
    to see what & where anything may need changing. It's a little
    smaller version of the A-10 machine. Not much, though.

    Also, this one goes back to the more angular design that was
    mentioned earlier, to possibly make bolting on add-on's easier or
    whatever modifications someone may want to make.

    It's a really GOOD Looking machine already. I think I want color
    in the reinforcing side panels, and painting them a few colors is
    going to be a problem to get it perfect, so I may go to some
    high quality pressure sensitive labels in the future.

    So far -So good with the A4. It's gonna be a Great machine...


    John



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    I'm just taking my time with the A4 machine. Trying a few things
    here & there....

    Here's what I've mentioned about coloring lettering with epoxy....

    How's & Why's....

    I use this particular brand of epoxy, though most 2 hour types will
    work fine. This cures harder than the hardware store variety and
    is what pro jewelers use. Epoxy 330....good stuff...

    I mix it on a cardboard scrap like in the picture. I squeeze out equal
    amounts the best I can. Close enough is normally good enough.

    The testors paint can be seen. Most oil based paints work fine. I
    use these paints because the repeated opening and closing causes
    paint solvents to evaporate soon and by the time I use these tiny
    amounts, the paint is still good. Plus, I get lots of colors for little $$$.
    It doesn't take much.

    I don't mix in any container as it's hard to judge the amounts....and
    also due to time. This stuff will begin to set in about 10 minutes and
    become too hard to flow well into details.

    --Also, epoxy generally will heat fast...and can actually Boil at about
    less than an ounce. Spread out on a card gives a bit longer work time.

    I dip the stick into the paint....just a little..... and mix while turning
    the card to get a thorough mixing.

    Wipe off the stick and mix once more to be dang sure it's really
    mixed well. A bad mix is a nightmare to deal with when it's used
    for something like lettering.

    Fill in the detail with the bamboo skewer.

    Some will get out on the surface....it takes care and attention to
    get it mostly within where it should go, but the stray little globs/drips
    that get where they shouldn't be can be easily enough cleaned up
    with Q-tips.

    Trick to that is to wet the q-tip in your mouth and smooth the tip
    with your fingers to be sure no stray cotton gets stuck in the epoxy.
    Just wipe of any excess epoxy from around the now-filled lettering with
    the damp q-tip.

    That works because I don't attempt to fill lettering to the top. I
    leave it so the smoothing of the q-tip doesn't get into the wet
    epoxy.

    Leave each color to cure for several hours before moving to the next.


    This works great for something someone can take their time with.
    It gives a very professional appearance and is extremely durable.
    Simple and cheap to do...

    It's not practical for someone who's trying to reproduce machines
    like I am. I'll need to consider getting stickers/labels made. This
    takes too long for me, but I wanted to do it on this machine while
    I'm waiting for special parts to be delivered. And to show an example
    of something I've mentioned a few times.

    Yes, little parts can be made from colored epoxies. But they don't machine
    well. Too rubbery when they get heated from friction. Plus, too much epoxy
    mixed at a time can boil and blister. Not every epoxy has that problem....
    there are thousands of formulas, but the 2 hour type generally does.
    Mixing done on the flat surface like the cardboard card keeps the heat
    from being concentrated as it would in any container.

    Someone could easily machine themselves some type of emblem or small
    logo design and cast the colored epoxy into a rubber mold made from
    the original carving to reproduce many of them. There's lots of uses
    that go well with things done on our cnc machines.

    It doesn't take much paint to color it. A few trial runs should be done
    to get the idea of what's too much. Opaques, metallics, transparents,
    translucents....all easy to do. Hard and durable once cured.

    Well, enough for now. Hope that's interesting.....


    John



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    John,

    Just when I thought your machines couldn't get any nicer, you go and do this. Wow! I keep telling myself I can't buy one of your machines until I get my DIY CNC up and running, but you're ruining my resolve!

    Keep up the good work,

    Dave



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    Thanks Dave!



    I wish I could do it with them all, but it takes too long.

    I imagine many of us have tried to figure out how to paint
    the Cool lettering that VCarve Pro does. This takes a little time,
    but it's pretty easy to do to get *Great* results....


    John



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    I did overlook a little smudge right below the letter "r" in
    microcarve. That happened when I did the large black square
    and I didn't notice it. It's cured now, so it's there for good.


    John



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    There's a type of epoxy that they do counter tops and clock
    coating with. That can be mixed in larger volumes and used in
    a bottle with a syringe needle to do large areas such as a big
    sign might have.

    It's a softer epoxy, but that may not matter on something like a sign...
    I never tried it myself. I do know that different colors have different
    solvents in them and that can affect the hardness with that sort
    of epoxy. But it does work very well enough to warrant some trialing & erroring....


    John



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    Well, I think it's a pretty Bad-A$$ looking little machine...

    Painted up industrial gray. It'd be hard to guess the machine was
    MDF without a close looking over of it....

    It's just tacked together now after a few days of paint drying.
    A few more parts to be made and it'd be ready to go.

    This ones smaller size made aluminum angles un-necessary, but
    they could be added easily enough if someone wanted them. They
    sure couldn't hurt anything.

    This is such a cool machine that maybe I'll make mine in this style now.
    It's got a really solid industrial look & feel to it.

    This ones not spoken for in case anyone's interested. Time is getting
    short for getting machines completed in time for holidays. A few of the
    few weeks left are for shipping alone.

    Well, I'm Very Happy with this one. Too much time was spent on it though,
    so I really need to get some stickers made, like I mentioned....


    John



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    Well its an awseome looking little machine. What are the overall dimensions...

    Garry



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    Thanks Garry!



    Without the motors attached....

    19" wide

    21" deep

    16.5" high

    weighs about 35-40 lbs I'd guess.

    Cut area approx 10.5 x 9 x 4. 4" depending on how it's set up
    with the table.

    It does have a "presence" to it. I like it a lot. May be my standard
    machine I end up producing.


    John



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    That ones gone already. I'll start another in a day or so.

    That one was pretty special with all the extra time that went
    into it.


    John



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    Quote Originally Posted by microcarve View Post



    This ones not spoken for in case anyone's interested.


    John
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    " That ones gone already " @ 7:03


    no problem selling those huh?? another happy customer great job, John

    "witty comment"


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