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.
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.