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    You got me, you figure it out!
  1. First attempt at boxes

    Was seriously thinking of trying my hand at flocking just to see how big a mess I can make. Shapes, cover objects, and models are virtually endless.
  2. Personalized wedding gift

    Daughter went to Germany on business (and a stop at Oktoberfest) and needed a personalized gift for a recently married good friend that would travel easily in her carry on. Dear old Dad did it again. Cut from a 1" glued up pine panel from Lowes - about 12 x 12.
  3. First attempt at boxes

    Been wanting to try making these and finally did. Took a couple of cut offs from Menards and made a thicker base Used one for the tops and there they are.
  4. Tool Changer Survey.

    I use the same bits for 90% for what I do. 1/4 end mill - for roughing and pocket cutting 1/8 end mill - for profiling and pocket cutting 1/8 ball nose 3/16 ball nose (thanx 4d for that tip using these) 1/4 ball nose (occasionally) 90 deg - for Vcarving (most of the time) 60 deg - for Vcarving (some of the time) I know I can use a larger bit for clearing and some carving but then it's kind of hard to get the finish bit at the same level and there's usually a ridge of some kind. Plus you got to know how to do it. I kind of got into a groove of what works for me and pretty much stick to it. I get better detail using the smaller bits and can run the machine while I do other things. I don't care if it takes a little longer. Typical cut is one bit to rough cut, 1 to finish cut, 1 to Vcarve, and 1 to profile. Usually 3 or 4 tool changes total. What I do need is to find an extra long shank 1/8" ball nose and end mill to cut thru 1 1/2" material and still have room for them on my stock gantry height.
  5. Few new things

    All but the book are from 4/4 and 5/4 glued up pine panels from Menards and Lowes. The book is glued up baltic birch panels on sale from Menards.
  6. Few new things

    Few things the CNC put out lately
  7. Too much detail

    Get hold of me ....... I'm sure there's more than 1 family around. I have a lot of time and fire pit fuel in this "favor", so might as well make something out of the experience and create something that might sell a few.
  8. Too much detail

    My wife has a co-worker who had the bright idea to have a family tree carved for his 80 yr old father's birthday. So she volunteered me to do it, without asking, I might add. Only it had to be designed, cut, finished, and shipped to OK in less than a week. I did the first design and cut, didn't like it, so I did a second tree with the names carved in it and didn't like the way the text painted. Didn't look good, especially for a special gift. The tree actually had too much detail in it and the carved text just didn't work. If it doesn't look right, it doesn't get past the fire pit. I had to go a different direction but it involved a whole new design file with different platform depths (thanx MEBCWD for the idea) which would take more time that I didn't have. So, on to plan C. Cut it Suday morning, managed to go to a social function (she had it planned for weeks - had to go) Sunday afternoon, finished the text and profile cut when we got back home Sunday nite (late - but didn't plan to stay that long ........ riiiiight), painted the text with acrylic, let it dry, sanded it all out, and used spray lacquer (4 coats) since poly took too long to dry between coats. Had it ready for her to take in Monday morning. She said he was satisfied and understood why the other one didn't work. I think I paid to do this one, but ........... I learned a few things, including how catnaps on the couch don't take the place of sleeping in one's own bed. The tree was the same one I tried to carve and finish names in, only about 4 times bigger.
  9. Putting the CNC to work!

    Stay busy Mike!! Stay busy. Aspire is getting closer.
  10. New Spoil Board

    Gotta really watch the the Z axis rail bracket along with the cutter paths. I've got quite a few clamps that are "scarred" for life. Good thing they were either wood or aluminum. Gets to be just an extra check when setting a project up.
  11. Retirement plaque

    Good Show Jay!!
  12. Cutting 18+ hours a day. Got the big local Art Fair this coming week end. Last event of the year (well, maybe one more, but depends how many custom orders I get). Hunting season is getting closer (priorities prevail) and the holidays are homing in. Don't want to stay too busy, just kind of busy.
  13. Rocking Dino

    You can buy those sound things either prerecorded or make your own. Just drill a hole with a forstner bit and put it in. But I waited til the last minute and was under the gun -- grandson was coming for a visit.
  14. Rocking Dino

    Wouldn't be too hard to do. The inside middle piece could be cut to accommodate most any configuration.
  15. Rocking Dino

    A while back I got a set of plans for a kids rocking dinosaur. It was printed on both sides of a large piece of paper and folded like a road map. The parts were "traceable" as advertised, BUT large pieces of carbon paper were required and the various parts had lines that crisscrossed each other all over the place. To keep the original plans I tried making a copy but that turned out to be a mess. Then I got a bright idea and sent it off to MEBCWD to see if he could work his magic and turn it into a CNC file. He emailed me a file back that showed up like this. Mike is good with Aspire. He's even better than good, and ...... reasonable. $$ well spent. Got busy cutting parts out of 1" panels and 2 x 12's Parts are cut out!!! I took the edge off the exposed edges with a round over bit and did a little (very little) sanding. The rockers were just mirrored, so they were exactly alike. A cut up piece of 1 x4 and the platform was made. Now the big test. Will the parts all go together. So far so good! A couple of minor adjustments and the dino fit on the platform. There's 2 - 2 1/2 " construction screws in each foot driven in from the bottom. Mixed up some Rustoleum Hunter Green and Gloss White paint and made a mess. You can saw a wooden ball in half and make fancy eyes or cheat like I did and go to Michaels. The mouth is just painted on. It could be Vcarved if you wanted to do the two sided carving step. Advantage of using the CNC --- all the parts are as exact as you need for assembly. The band saw was never turned on. Each part is exactly the same allowing you to make 3-4-5 units at a time. Or, as many as desired, even if it's just one. Sanding is minimal. More on the finishing surface than the edges. Once you have a file on a thumb drive, you save it and bring it out whenever needed.

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