Shapeoko 2 Test Run and First Project Fail!

I got a used Shapeoko 2 about two weeks ago from a friend of mine and I tried it out for the first time today. Originally my plan was to just cut a simple shape to take the machine for a spin. Part way through cutting it I decided to make an inlay for the cut out shape. This didn’t go so well.

I decided to cut out a heart shape. Then decided to cut another heart from walnut to contrast the oak and make a heart inlay. I thought maybe my wife would like it. Just a little nick-knack type of thing.  No big deal.  The first step is to set everything up in Easel, the software provided by Inventables, the creators of the Shapeoko 2.

Easel
Easel

I went through all the set up options without an issue.  Cutting the heart recess went fine as well.  While waiting for the Shapeoko 2 to finish cutting the heart recess I decided to create the inlay.  I prepared the piece of walnut and got it all set up, making a few changes in Easel to cut the outline of the heart as opposed to a recess.  This is where I must have gone wrong because when the walnut heart was cut out I attempted to inset it into the recess and it wouldn’t fit.  The walnut heart was too big for the recess.  I’m sure that I did something wrong in setting up the cut for the walnut heart.  Perhaps I changed a setting that I wasn’t aware of or maybe I accidentally changed the size without realizing it.

Even though the impromptu project wasn’t successful the test run of the Shapeoko 2 was.  And in the end that is really all I set out to do.

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Shapeoko 2 CNC Mill
Cutting the heart recess
Cutting the heart recess

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