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About Catco

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    Woodbury, CT
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    Furniture for around the house

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  1. Catco

    4 Axis CNC?

    3D Cutting We got the FrogMill, the FrogWire, and the FrogSpray, along with the handheld 3D scanner. Needless to say, I've been having fun with it. *Edit* while technically it is a 4 axis machine, it only has the ability to run 3 at once, unlike a 4 independent axis machine which I would drool over.
  2. Double sided tape on the waste material adhered directly to the bed, Gaffer tape on the sides to hold it down to the bed as well.(A bit overkill) and a scribed line on the bed with a pencil for registration. Being that the media I'm using is foam, it is light, cuts really easily and doesn't need a lot to hold it down. Had a bit of an "oh no" moment when I realized I had my program start zero about an inch too far in for the Y axis and almost had no support material on the top edge.
  3. Long story short, I've been absent the last 6 months or so. New machine at work, new capabilities, new material to work with, trip to Canada for training, etc. etc. BUT! I have something relevant to this conversation! This is my first attempt at a 2 sided flip cut It is EPS foam, also known as Expanded Polystyrene. Most commonly found as a packing material to secure objects in boxes. I also have the capability to spray it with some really nasty stuff that essentially is a 2 part resin that cures in about 30 seconds... I hit this thing with a hammer and not a scratch, dent, or ding. I'll post some other stuff I've made these last 6-8 months if there's any interest.
  4. Catco

    4 Axis CNC?

    We just received a 4 axis CNC at my work. I can turn up to a 48" diameter and 96" long blank on it..... Granted it is for foam, but I may have used it for a few table legs already... I believe you said a 6"x6" square 4" high with the two face rotated 45 degrees with respect to each other correct?
  5. Newspaper? What's that? It that like a iPad app?
  6. A nice butt is a nice butt and is appreciated regardless of gender.
  7. Did you use a 1/2" cove to get those recessed details? I really really like that. Looks great! As do I, but my manners, customs and courtesies were drilled into me.
  8. California Air Tools 5510SE is the way to go in my opinion, I've had it for some time now. Works great, doesn't cycle constantly, pretty portable, a tad heavy with the steel tank that I got, they do have an aluminum tank that is lighter, but when I got mine there was a $80 difference in price. But take it all with a grain of salt as everyone has their own opinions.
  9. I have a Porter Cable framing nailer, a Hitachi 16g finish nailer, Bostich 18g brad nailer, and a Porter Cable 23g pin nailer. I love them all equally.
  10. This is the waterjet I run, I've cut plenty of wood on it, mainly to use for fixturing weird parts, making templates, or just messing around. Mostly plywood and OSB. My experience is to not use the abrasive and do a water only cut and it should be fine. Haven't tried dimensioned lumber yet but it should be a similar situation. As for the taper, it depends on the machine. Here we have an extra 2 axes on our Z axis, meaning it can rotate on the Z as well as pivot on the Z. So I can cut bevels, tapers, and all sorts of crazy geometry right from the waterjet. Being that we have this head assembly, there is a function in the software to compensate for the taper to make a perfectly 90 degree cut, provided no common line cutting is performed.
  11. Wasn't today, but this past Sunday as we finally had a break in the weather. It was a cool and sunny day finally. The wife was in NYC for BookCon, had the day to myself. Started the day teaching a friend how to solder. He's big into the haunted house industry and is quite the full body costume maker and designer, he was a final candidate for the TV show Face Off, until life happened and he had to pull out of the running. I'm designing and producing a custom DMX lighting system for him built from the ground up to his exacting specifications, learning a lot from him along the way and teaching him what I know at the same time. After that bit it was time to check an item off the wife's "Do this thing" list. Landscaping. Bleh. She wants some pavers at the bottom of the steps from the deck. So I set about digging. With it all dug out, figured out how deep I needed to go and started leveling and tamping down the dirt. Followed by laying some garden fabric, a layer of sand and these paver base things I found that I wanted to try. Luckily I had to great helpers that were great for moral support. Kept on going and finally got to a stopping point as the mosquitoes were coming out and I didn't have the time to cut down the rest of the pavers to fit the rest into place. Headed back insides, fed myself and my helpers, and they promptly passed out. Helping me was apparently quite tiring for them. All in all a pretty good day.
  12. You mean another paddle...
  13. Showed my wife these, and it is now officially on the list of stuff I need to make for her.... The list continues to grow.