Quick Tip for CNC Router Users

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 09-14-2012 11:16 PM 5468 reads 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a bunch of you know, I’ve recently acquired a CNC Router from Oliver Industries.

Here’s a quick tip on getting a really detailed carving with very little tear out.

I’ve been hired to create a couple dozen plaques for a Marathon in my area and although I chose Poplar, which is a fantastic wood to use, the tiny fonts were giving me fits as the wood would chip out between the tiny letters.

I found, quite by accident, that treating the wood with a sealer (in my case spray lacquer) gives a HUGE difference as far as tear out goes!

Here’s a sample of what I mean:

The letters at the top of this piece are only 5mm high and really close together. With a single coat of lacquer I was able to accomplish this level of detail!

An added bonus is that you get a tad more contrast if you don’t treat the piece after carving.

Just thought this would help!

BTW, if anyone would have any more tips like this, PLEASE share them with me!!!!

Appreciative in advance,


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 09-14-2012 11:47 PM

As a almost owner of a CNC… I thank you for the tip… I expect to have my new machine in place in a few months time… so everything I can add to my knowledge now will reduce the very steep learning curve…I too will appreciate any further tips over members can post…

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#2 posted 09-15-2012 12:38 AM

Super cool. Good job.

-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#3 posted 09-15-2012 12:55 AM

Makes sense. Looks gr8. Thnx for sharin. I don’t have one, but, who knows what the future holds

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 10-27-2012 04:05 AM

Good tip – thanks!
We just purchased a CNC – it was delivered yesterday and as soon as we get the remodel in the shop finished we’ll be setting up for work. Glad to know this.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 02:38 AM

This is very similar to what I am dealing with now. Thanks for the tip!

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#6 posted 12-10-2013 05:55 PM

great Tip thanks

have you done any fun things on your cnc lately?



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