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    Question: AmScope 6 Watt LED Dual Gooseneck Lights

    I ended up moving the sewing machine light to my band saw and got this one instead: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B018MRI1F8/ I also made a couple of filter cups that fit over the LEDs snugly. The cup is just made from roofing tar paper and Full CTO (orange) lighting gel filter. That is...
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    Printable practice designs

    I came across these in a google search: Designs2 - engravingschool.com: https://www.engravingschool.com/private/designs2.htm Free Vectors: https://all-free-download.com/free-vector/vector-engraved/
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    Question: Tom White's Transfer Magic White Base solution

    Right, two different solutions for the same purpose. Once has a white pigment in it to improve contrast by giving it a whitish background against the black image.
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    Question: Tom White's Transfer Magic White Base solution

    I decided to order Tom's sampler that includes a smaller bottle of both the clear and white base. I have the feeling that the white will get completely used before the clear is gone.
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    Well now you know...

    I looked on the back of my forks. No crest, just says Stainless China. Hmmm. I guess that is why we face the tines up in my house.
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    Stuff we listen to while we're engraving.

    Love it. Sounds Appalachian. Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra from Norway is not quite as eclectic, but if you listen to any bluegrass, they are as good as any I have heard from the United States. They do a very good rendition of Wayfaring Stranger. Anybody who has watched the movie 1917, heard an...
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    Question: Tom White's Transfer Magic White Base solution

    Thanks for the replies thus far. Tom's link in my original post states, "the white base helps with glare and makes the black line transfer easier to see". Two things I would really find useful.
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    Question: Tom White's Transfer Magic White Base solution

    Has anyone tried Tom White's Transfer Magic White Base solution? https://twdesigns.godaddysites.com/shop/ols/products/white-base-white-base I've read a number of posts by people who use the Original Clear solution, but am interested in anyone's experience with the White Base. If it works as...
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    Practice plates

    BTW, I found the info from my order, but I ordered 2.5"x2.0" plates and not the standard 2.0"x2.0" plates. They had two packs, 12 plates per pack, of them on the shelf ready to ship, so that is what I ordered. The total came out to $32.40 @ $1.35/ea. They exempted the order from the $35...
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    Practice plates

    If this helps. Back in January I ordered practice plates directly from Cronite: XTP- 18 Ga. Thin Steel Plates, (2" X 2"), $1.15 each, $35 order minimum, plus shipping. Call (973) 887-7900. I spoke with Patty Salvesen <cronite2@aol.com>. Try to maximize your order to minimize the shipping...
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    Question: AmScope 6 Watt LED Dual Gooseneck Lights

    Hey pkroyer, just wanted to say thanks again for the sewing machine light recommendation. It is perfect for my beginner setup. I have this Versa-Vise: https://garrettwade.com/product/ultimate-versatile-vise and the base of the light fits perfectly on the small anvil behind the vise jaws...
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    Question: AmScope 6 Watt LED Dual Gooseneck Lights

    Thanks! That is a fantastic suggestion. Having the right keywords to search for is a big help. I am going to order something like the following. No need to order the expensive AmScope light. https://www.amazon.com/harmiey-Gooseneck-Magnetic-Mounting-Workbenches/dp/B07FSPJKWQ
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    Question: AmScope 6 Watt LED Dual Gooseneck Lights

    I've been using the 22-watt fluorescent light in my magnifying lamp to illuminate my practice plate mounted in a vise. I don't look through magnifying lens, but instead use an Optivisor for magnification. My shop also has 4-foot LED ceiling lights. Still I need more direct lighting on the...
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    Question: How far do you look ahead when cutting straight lines

    Interesting. Monk looks ahead of the cut a bit. Sam and Thughes focus directly where the cutting occurs. I might need to get a #10 Optivisor to better see where the burr is lifting. I will try both methods and see if I improve one way or the other. Things have gotten slowly better since I...
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    Question: How far do you look ahead when cutting straight lines

    Thanks Monk, I was vacillating between looking directly at the burr and about 1mm out, so I’m going to try extending my focus out a bit further. I understand what you are saying about the “feel” thing, based on other non-engraving skills I have a lot more experience doing.

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