Making a gate

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  • #33630
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    Mike
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    I’m making a gate on my CNC mill. There’s a video of the progress here:

    There will be 3 sections, the top section is horizontal panels, the second section is wooden poles, and third section is vertical panels.

    The CNC has been great for making the joints and the slots to rest the panels.

    If I were to start again I’d probably resize the machine to be able to cut a full length plank of wood because having to turn the wood and make sure it all lines up perfectly has been a bit of a pain.

    I’ll post photos and video when I’ve made more progress

    #33633
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    Jeffeb3
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    Haha. That intense music and then the sleeping dog… Hilarious.

    And, this is a neat project. Who needs a pantarouter to make mortise and tenons? This is just great. I keep thinking I’d need to stand the board on its end to do joint details, but cutting a cheek at a time is a great idea. I’d love to see some more details walking through the cut setups and joinery, if you’re willing.

    Also, that is a nice big bit. Is that 1/2″? What settings are you running that with?

    #33666

    Wow. That’s a lot of work, impressive!

    I still think that making mortises and tenons is waaaaayyy faster with the good old wood chisel and hand saw/table saw/router, but it may be more accurate this way.
    It may also be easier to just move the gantry by hand axis per axis to do these cuts, instead of making all the gcode instructions and let the machine do the work. That’s probably how I would have done it if I were you.

    Good job, keep us posted when finished πŸ™‚

    #33670
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    Ryan
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    That was awesome, the music made it seem so fun. Crank that thing up you can go faster!

    #33678
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    Mike
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    I still think that making mortises and tenons is waaaaayyy faster with the good old wood chisel and hand saw/table saw/router, but it may be more accurate this way.
    It may also be easier to just move the gantry by hand axis per axis to do these cuts, instead of making all the gcode instructions and let the machine do the work. That’s probably how I would have done it if I were you.

    Heh, fortunately I had the whole gate designed in Fusion360 anyway, so exporting the paths to the CNC was nice and fast. I’m also rubbish with a chisel!!

    Also, that is a nice big bit. Is that 1/2β€³? What settings are you running that with?

    It’s 8mm flat, so around 1/3rd of an inch. I’ve been running it super slow because I unfortunately chipped the tip of the bit over the weekend and it’s causing a lot of smoke! I’ll post details of my optimal settings once my replacements arrive on Tuesday.

    I’ve also just ordered one of these: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B004WO62UM/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I’ve not tried using one of these big router bits before, but hoping it’ll allow me to clear bulk material faster.

    #33768
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    Mike
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    Quick update

    The top section is starting to take shape:

    Looking forward to getting back onto the rest when I get back from Paris on Saturday.

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    #33914
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    Bill
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    Last time I used a chisel I verified that bone is flexible, yet solid enough to work well at stopping a sharp edge, where skin and flesh are not. πŸ˜‰

    #33927
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    Barry
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    Last time I used a chisel I verified that bone is flexible, yet solid enough to work well at stopping a sharp edge, where skin and flesh are not. πŸ˜‰

    Ouch!

    #33939
    Last time I used a chisel I verified that bone is flexible, yet solid enough to work well at stopping a sharp edge, where skin and flesh are not. πŸ˜‰

    That sounds like a weird idea.
    Please don’t try to verify anything using the circular saw!!

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    #33940
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    David Walling
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    I’ve never tested anything with a chisel, but I have left hand knowledge that a drill bit is hot after boring a hole in concrete…

    It was dusty so I thought I’d wipe it off…

    #33975
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    Bill
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    On the other hand the scar is nice and straight…

    #33980
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    Barry
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    Heh, I caught a leather glove on fire once. I have a propane forge in my barn’s basement, thought the metal was cool, I was wrong! Wasn’t glowing anyway…. Glad I was wearing gloves!

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