New to CNC machining but an 'old timer' to woodworking. The whole 2 - 3 - 4 flute thing has me confused. I am open to any suggestions.
I work with all woods, from pine to maple to walnut, and cut 3D into burl, from stuff as soft as manzanita and as hard as maple and walnut. I need flat end bits for "pocket" type cuts - I've been using regular single flute carbide router bits for 1/4 inch cuts and 1/8 inch single flute HSS spiral bits for smaller cuts - the 1/8 bits are surplus from the local saw/bit shop - hey, I'm a newbie - I don't know any better .
I've been using 1/4 inch 4 flute ball end carbide bits and 1/8 inch 2 flute ball end carbide bits for 3D cutting.
Finished pieces come out fine, but the 4 flute bits tend to 'burn up' in harder woods.
I need to shorten my learning curve (shorter learning curve saves money!!!)
If I need different bits for different woods, that's fine (not really - that means more money, but you do what ya gotta do.) Interested in anyone's experience as to what works best in different woods.