Re: Holding carving wax
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Don Rogers <Don@C...> wrote:
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Date: Tue, 01 Feb 2005 21:41:39 -0000
From: "bitshird" <zero-kool@...>
Subject: Holding carving wax
I hope this isn't going off topic, I have a Taig CNC and I have made
clamps and have the Taig vise (which I consider nearly worthless) at
least for my purposes. I realize that a quality vise costs more than
the twenty something that the vise sells for.
[You might check out Enco's selection of precision screwless vises.]
I know several people that are making Jewelry master patterns using
a Roland MDX 15 and they are using some type of double sided tape to
secure the work piece to the table. In fact some are using Aluminum
and making direct molds for wax injection, I've made several ¼
Plexiglas plates which I can clamp to my table but I'm not sure what
type of double sided tape to use, and then how the heck do I get my
piece off the wax. I know Andrew Werby watches this board on
occasion and so does Tim from K&T. I was hoping that they could
possibly offer some advice on this, or possibly Nick Carter has some
[I've got an MDX 15, but I've never been very enthusiastic about holding
work down this way - it makes me nervous. I put a couple of square holes in
the bed plate and use carriage bolts as hold-down studs. Holding onto wax
with adhesives isn't too easy either. If you want to do this, try a few
different types of double-stick tape and see which one works best on it. I
use hot brown wax to hold the blue stuff down to an intermediary plate; that
seems to stick well. For welding it, use a microcrystaline wax (like Victory
Brown), and run a soldering iron from a rheostat to dial down the heat so
the wax doesn't smoke.]
I tried to mount a block of wax to a block of wood with double sided
foam tape, the tape held to the wood, but not to the wax. Of course
the force on the block was in a shearing action as I had it in my
horizontal band saw and the weight of the saw pulled it off the
block (old worn out craftsman) ordered a new saw from Harbor
[I'd cut it the other way, with the wood underneath, so the wax is
supported. Figure the wood is sacrificial, and cut right through it.]
Now have to find a 3 or 4 inch tool makers vise that doesn't weigh
30 or 40 pounds
[The Enco vises aren't that heavy.]
My reason for not clamping the wax to the table or to the plexi is
surfacing, since the saws don't offer quite parallel cutting I need
to surface the wax pieces before I machine the part, and clamps get
in the way, a vise isn't much better because I usually cut the wax
slices at 0.125 to 0.250 my parts are 0.070 to 0.200 this is why I'm
wondering how to get the part off the tape, with out breaking it
Sorry for the long post,
[Those are some thin pieces of wax. I don't know how well a vise would hold
it down - you wouldn't get much hold-down power by compressing the edges of
it. Tape might work, but I think you're right to worry about distorting or
breaking your parts in taking them off of it. For something like this, I'd
think a vacuum hold-down system might be best. People who run routers
commonly use them for holding down sheet goods. Basically, they are a plate
with a vacuum inlet leading to a network of grooves. A second sheet of
porous material is placed on top of that, and the workpiece lies on the top
of the stack, held down by air pressure. An advantage of this is that fully
cut-out parts don't fly up when liberated from their mother sheet. A
miniature vacuum fixture like this would be a great aftermarket accessory
for the Taig.
You might look into getting your wax in sheet form instead of blocks. If
that's not available, a circular saw would likely do a better job of slicing
it than a bandsaw. Or you could try casting your own sheets - I've had
pretty good luck remelting Freeman's blue machinable wax. ]
- On Wed, 02 Feb 2005 01:00:32 -0000, you wrote:
>This would bring me right back to my initial problem, to surface myHi Ken
>stock, I use the surface wizard in Mach 2 or 3 which ever I'm
>nearest at the time, invariably it will collide with at least one
>of the hold downs.
Program the start/end so it misses? - I've just looked at Brian's Mach3
wizard and it's easy to control where it cuts. If it warps, use more
clamps and/or make strips from ground flat stock to clamp around all the
edges. If you make the wax 1" larger on all edges, clamp with 1/2 inch
strip, then start surfacing at X1, Y1 that should give plenty of
I often engrave on thin Copper, and find that too warps if not clamped
I've tried using tape, always ended up causing more damage removing the
job off the bed, I would image that with wax it would be even worse <G>.
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- I have used vacuum to hold plastic parts for machining
with a 5hp 3-axis CNC router. I machined a manifold
with an o-ring type gasket material layed into the
manifold block just inside the perimeter of the part.
There were blocks clamped around the outside of the
part to keep it from rotating but these were only
required for smaller parts. Depending on the density
of your wax it may cause deformation on the bottom.
To limit the deformation you can experiment with the
amount of surface area effected by the vacuum. I
usually used about half of the surface for holding and
the other half for support. Look up vacuum clamp,
vacuum generator, vacuum hold down, etc. The vacuum
generator is the only custom part required if you
don't want to buy a kit.
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- I have been cutting plexy glass for weeks. I got double sided duct
tape from Lowes. If you use a piece of MDF board and clamp that to
the table then use tape on top of that it will hold quite a bit. I
have to work hard to get the piece I am working on off of the tape.
- I've been cutting carving wax for some time. This may not work for
you, but it does well for me: Make an aluminum tray to hold wax, one
that has a good thick base that you can clamp into the vise.
Then put wax pieces in it and throw it in the oven for a few minutes.
The wax melts into place and holds firm. Plus I can reuse the wax
--- In email@example.com, "jamesbabcock2004"
> I have been cutting plexy glass for weeks. I got double sided duct
> tape from Lowes. If you use a piece of MDF board and clamp that to
> the table then use tape on top of that it will hold quite a bit. I
> have to work hard to get the piece I am working on off of the tape.
- I also have used superglue to hold down the wax and then remove with
nail polish remover (acetone)
You can also screw it to some MDF. by counter sinking the screws you
can face off the top. just make sure you don't go cut too deep and
hit the screws.
You can than turn it over and do the other side.