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A couple more lids
« on: November 01, 2016, 03:35:48 PM »

I did a couple more test lids today.



I'm doing something wrong because I can't seem to start from center. I'm sure it's something I'm doing but as yet I haven't figured it out. It seems the burn always starts from 0,0. I got the pattern centered on these by tracing with the laser on, I then found center of that and used Zax's dowel suggestion to position the lids. It worked well enough but I'll be happier when I figure out what I'm doing wrong.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2016, 03:53:08 PM »
Do you have Center Start selected? Also remember not to check absolute.
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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2016, 03:57:15 PM »
The darker one looks very nice, it looks like your getting it dialed in.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2016, 04:05:59 PM »
Do you have Center Start selected? Also remember not to check absolute.

I believe I do, I have also tried the absolute option. I think it may be a procedure problem and I'm sure one day I'll figure it out.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2016, 04:07:39 PM »
The darker one looks very nice, it looks like your getting it dialed in.

Thanks, they were both burned with the same settings, maple is just much harder than walnut. Maybe decreasing the speed just a little would help?

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2016, 04:11:42 PM »
what speed and resolution settings are you using?
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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2016, 04:19:31 PM »
what speed and resolution settings are you using?

I'm on a different computer now and can't access the other one but I just used one of the presets, standard? I think.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2016, 06:47:05 PM »
Does your engraving stock have inconsistencies in the diameter? Trying to understand why you want to try to use the center as starting point.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2016, 06:58:17 PM »
as a woodworker I'm sure you have lots of scrap wood laying around.  Grab a bunch and just try out all the diffrent settings.  you'll learn pretty quick what you like and what you dont.... and what catches things on fire lol.
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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2016, 07:12:04 PM »
Does your engraving stock have inconsistencies in the diameter? Trying to understand why you want to try to use the center as starting point.

For sure they are all slightly different. The lids are hand turned and I never want each to be identical. In my mind when working with round stock referencing off the center point only makes sense. But then, I am a woodworker first. :)

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2016, 07:14:30 PM »
as a woodworker I'm sure you have lots of scrap wood laying around.  Grab a bunch and just try out all the diffrent settings.  you'll learn pretty quick what you like and what you dont.... and what catches things on fire lol.

That's basically what I'm doing, I am starting from ground zero here but this forum has already proven to be a great resource.

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2016, 07:15:00 PM »
I find it very challenging to get a good burn on hard maple. I have to slow the feed rate way down, make multiple passes to get a deep engraving and then sand off the scorching. It's very time consuming but the results are worth it.

I really like that walnut lid! 
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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2016, 07:16:20 PM »
awesome. Yeah its a great place to get advice and ideas. especially since it takes 30 minutes a burn for me so I need to fill the time!
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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2016, 10:24:21 PM »
For sure they are all slightly different. The lids are hand turned and I never want each to be identical.
Suspected something like that, and then it makes sense!

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Re: A couple more lids
« Reply #14 on: November 02, 2016, 10:48:56 AM »
I believe I do, I have also tried the absolute option. I think it may be a procedure problem and I'm sure one day I'll figure it out.

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Figured it out....I D 10 T error

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