How it works! 🪚
I have an Xcarve CNC (computer numerical control) machine, it’s an excellent piece of kit! It’s basically a 1000 x 1000mm working area/board with a very impressive computer programme linked up to a moveable router. When I recieved the Xcarve roughly 4-5 months ago, it came in a million bits, literally! 🤨😆 ⏰
It took me 2-3 days to put the xcarve together, working from the inventables website and watching YouTube clips for help And advise. To make signs and other pieces, I use a programme called Easel for the designing process. Easel is a user friendly programme that allows me to design and make a variety of images for cutting. The images I use and download for cutting are called SVG’s.
The Xcarve has a router that performs all the cuts, I have a dewalt 660. I have different “bits” that I attach to the router which, cuts different angles and depths and on a variety of different materials such as wood, plastic and metal.
I receive an order, requirements and then I put the data/details in to the machine, I can see the finished product which means I can edit as required, to get it right. Once happy, I hit go and watch it work! 😃
I made the signs below for Loch Assynt Lodge, I was really happy with how they came out. 👍🏻🌲
I spray the sign with a clear sealer, let dry and the. use a black primer and a black spray paint for the lettering. Once dry I sand down and seal with spray varnish, I let dry and apply three coats.