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Choosing the Best Router Bit for Your CNC Project

When it comes to successful CNC cutting, choosing the best router bit for your project is similar to choosing the best tires to put on a car.  There are situations when summer tread will work great, but you’d never want to get stuck in a blizzard with them on.  For a sportscar, you might upgrade to a high-performance tire, but that would be overboard if you’re just hauling lumber in the back of a truck. The same thing applies to choosing the right router bits- what you’re planning to do with them tells you everything about which ones you’ll need.  To make sure you’re choosing the best router bit for your project (and not buying race tires for boulevard cruising), we’ve created a handy, easy-to-follow table of bit types, and a short description of each:   Downcut Spiral Bits are best used for thinner materials, or when a high-quality cut finish is required on the top surface of cut parts.  The trade-off for this cleaner cut is that waste material (sawdust, etc) is pushed down into the machine bed rather than being lifted out, the way it is with an upcut spiral. Downward spiral tools often require reduced cutting speeds because

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John’s Killer CNC Punisher Logo

There’s no question about it, one of John’s first projects on the Maker CNC kit is a hit, and took just 45 minutes to cut!  As a retired Air Force veteran, John started woodworking 2 years ago.  Now that he’s creating custom works like this one for sale, the MakerMade CNC kit seems to fit the bill for his production needs. Here’s John’s own words about the project: “I used common ¾” plywood with a .25in end mill bit. I painted the item white then burned around the edges.” “It took about 45 min. to cut. I had the pattern already and just needed to scale it up.” Regarding the his CNC frame layout- “I built the ‘bolt together frame’ and put it on wheels. As you can see in the enclosed photos space in my shop is limited so I am able to easily move it when needed. I was able to position the cut in the corner of my material keeping wasted material at a minimum.” John was even kind enough to include the finished gCode file, which you can download HERE in our totally free drive of ready-t0-go projects.  Look for “DECOR Punisher.gcode“ To follow what John is

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Jared’s Customer Shelving Project

One of our fantastic content creators, Jared, recently received a custom order at his business, which demanded him to be creative and out-of-the-box, which he succeeded at. When asked to make a mountain-shaped shelf for rock collection that currently held close to 50 rocks, with some as large as 4”, he knew he needed to be innovative about the shelf’s design. After some creative design work, Jared and the customer decided on the look that you see below: He started with a 1/8in up-spiral bit (making good use of a collet reducer on his router) but had to make the change to a 1/8in compression bit for a cleaner cut edge. After beginning his project, he had problems cutting on a 4×8 sheet, so he improvised and cut it in half to make two 4×4 sheets. Then, he added a border to his machine to give it more stability while cutting near the edge of the piece: To really perfect the accuracy across so many matching components, he added a 12-foot top beam and moved it up to 2-feet from the top of the work surface, which allowed the sled more stability across the surface.  In the end, the shelf

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Grant’s Maker Story

[vc_row el_id=”1550295731713-0793516e-08b0″ css=”.vc_custom_1550299464817{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Grant’s had an interest in woodworking since he was young. It’s a family tradition–Grant’s grandpa worked in construction and made him toys in his spare time. Those happy memories of running around with his handmade rubber band guns and even a big wooden wagon have turned in to a way for he and his wife to work together to give that same joy to their friends and family. Now, they’re passing that family tie on through making things for their children. With woodworking being a hobby, Grant and his wife were interested in a CNC machine, but didn’t want it to take up a lot of space. Neither of them had any experience with a CNC machine or graphic design, but MakerMade allowed them to have an easy access point to begin dreaming up ideas. “The idea that for a relatively small investment, we could basically create anything we wanted in our own garage was really something we were excited about.” When the kit arrived, they assembled and calibrated with relative ease and quickly began working on small, “starter” projects like decorations for their home, word art signs, etc. Once they got comfortable with how it

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