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  1. You can Bank on it!!

    Had an order for 3 buffalo nickel banks. Since they do involve a lot of time and finishing I decided to make a few extra while I had everything all set up for each stage. Each one (funny how it worked out this way - must be the magic resizing feature of Aspire) was cut from a single 1 x 12 x 48 Baltic birch glued up board that was on sale at Menards earlier. Not as good as David Falkner's videos, but you people are smart and can put it all together. Started by cutting the inside spacers for the $$ and the pieces for the cradles. Then each side of the "coin" had to be cut. This gave us all the pieces necessary for each bank. Some glue, clamps, and a little cussing gave us the rough banks - ready for sanding and filling where necessary. The two piece cradles lined up nicely, and a little time with the Ridgid oscillating belt sander (this is a life saver - $199 well spent) we were ready to finish. A couple coats of Rustoleum aluminum metallic paint (this is some great stuff), two screws through the bottom and we have finished pieces. The nice thing about the CNC is the same file is used over and over. Everything lined up regardless of what pieces were used.
  2. Map

    Had a lady who wanted a world map carved wall hanging. Found a jpeg pic online and had MEBCWD turn it into a file the machine would carve. Measures 45 x 24. Staining went pretty good but the black painting sucked! Gotta be a better way. Now I know why they cost so much!! But, I can now use this file to make most any size desired and can add any text wanted.
  3. The cause As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from October to the end of the year of 2017 that involved the Gold Star widow and her two children as assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Gold Star Family for the Holidays - 2017 The donation During the project we witnessed many forms of heart felt giving, from the actual raffle ticket purchases, to the exchanging of the winnings from one member to another. Every step of the way, everyone who participated in this project performed heroically, I want to thank everyone once again for their giving, and participation in this very important annual tradition of ours. Thank you! Sometimes, things happen in these projects that are, well, just pretty danged cool, and one of those things was the shipment I received from Patriot Woodworker @honesttjohn. The shipment contained one blanket for each member of the Merlo Family. These blankets were hand made by Mrs. Mordus, (spouse of John Mordus aka honestjohn). John informed me the items were on their way, and I was expecting them, but what I was not expecting was the handwork that went into this operation. My own mother is a crocheter, I grew up with the craft, so I understand the time and heart that goes into this craft, the blankets of Mrs. Mordus were knitted. I am showing images of the work the night before we shipped the gifts from our home to the Merlo Family. I want to apologize for the image quality, it was late, the lights were dim in our home, shortly after I took these pictures our kids wrapped each blanket individually and put a name tag on the gifts before we put them in the shipping box for delivery the next day. This knitted blanket was made for Mrs. Merlo, the knitting is exquisite and detailed, can you imagine spending the time that it takes to make every single tiny square and creating those squares methodically around each heart. I had a chance to feel this blanket, it was very soft, and it had considerable heft to it as well, I was tempted to wrap myself in it but my heart said no, the first wrap should be performed by the honored recipient, Mrs. Merlo. Look at those tiny knitted stitches The hearts The following are images of the blankets Mrs. Mordus created for the children, Camilla and Charlie, the baseballs went to the boy, and the butterflies went to the girl. Mrs. Mordus crafted a border around the fleece fabric of both blankets. This is a style of making blankets that my own mother has been wanting to do for sometime now, mom was over at this time, and she closely examined the borders to see how Mrs. Mordus fabricated them. I wish I had taken close up images of the borders, I don't know why I did not. At this writing I am right now kicking myself. Camilla's flutterby blanket Charlie is a baseball fanatic! And of course, do you think @honesttjohn could let that box of blankets ship without something from the shop! John installed a completely wonderful keepsake box for Mrs. Merlo that he created. This was unexpected, a beautiful touch to an already incredible shipment for the Merlo Family. I am not sure what the box was made from, it may have been John's trademark Pine that he uses in many of his plaque projects, hopefully John will chime in here and let us know. And the grand finale, the Merlo kids with their warm blankets on Christmas morning. You can tell they are very happy. We do not have an image of Mrs. Merlo with her blanket, it was not provided, but I can surmise why we do not have that image, well you know how ladies are, early in the morning, just out of the rack, hair not straight yet, I am sure the image is out there, but Mrs. Merlo surely wasn't going to let that one get out! Without further adieu, the kids Charlie and Camilla and their cherished blankets. (these images shown here, with permission given by mom Merlo) Little Camilla showing off mama's blanket In closing Again, I want to thank everyone who was involved in this project, it was a huge success this year thanks to you all. And on behalf of our entire Patriot Woodworker community, Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Mordus for this very special gift, that will keep on giving to this family for years to come, as they curl up during cold season with these blankets. This topic is long over due, and I want to also apologize to @honesttjohn for taking so long to get this up and live, thanks for your patience John.
  4. Mini Production Project

    Had an order for 30+ backers that a brass plate would affix to. I never made 30 of anything before so it was a learning experience. This is what they had to look like. Of course, that's not a shape included with Aspire so a quick email entitled "Help" was sent to MEBCWD. Once the file was made (rather easily and quickly) I cut a 4' - 1 x 12 poplar glued up board from Menards in half, put the two pieces together, let the program copy and line up the rows and columns with it's array copy feature. Saved the file and hit go. Repeated the process 3 times and we had 36 identical plaques. Could have done it in two cuts of 18 each but was unsure of the layout so I chose to do it in 3 cuts. Cut the tabs and popped them out. Ready to sand and finish. Stained and polyed ready to ship!!!
  5. Introduction Our very own Patriot Woodworker John Mordus, or better known in our circles as @honesttjohn, is an artist on CNC (computer numerical control) woodworking. John was one of the first CNC woodworkers to join our community and helped crowd our new CNC forums. One of John's favorite creations he performs on his CNC machine are the military plaques he enjoys carving. You can see his CNC gallery featuring these very plaques here at: John's Contribution John contacted us and asked us if we could use any of his work to benefit our current project for our Gold Star Widow Nicole Merlo. As you all know we are in the midst of raising funds for the Merlo Family. The carvings below are for sale. All the proceeds from the sale of these items will be used to purchase their Christmas meal for the family, which is a stipulation of our project as assigned to us by Operation Ward 57. Yes I know, 200 dollars is a good fair amount for a Christmas meal, but let's hope the Merlo Family will have a Christmas meal they will never forget! Perhaps they'll invite some friends over, perhaps they'll go a Prime Rib route in addition to the traditional Turkey and Ham. Whatever they decide to do, it will be memorable, and they can shop without worry for their memorable Christmas meal as provided by you, The Patriot Woodworker's. Each plaque has approximately 10 hours of glue up and carving labor into them. These are American Crafts of high quality and workmanship. (shipping will be paid by the TPW community, so that all 200 dollars will reach the Merlo Family) How to purchase Please leave a reply to this topic here if you wish to purchase one or both of these beautiful carvings. Keep in mind, these are also displayed throughout our Merlo Family project portals such as Facebook and Twitter, we reserve the right to sell these carvings outside of our Patriot Woodworker community, all here will be notified immediately if one or both carvings sell outside of our community before they sell here. In Closing We want to thank everyone who has contributed to this project with your raffle ticket purchases, your "getting out the word campaigns", just being here, and all your best wishes for the success of this years Christmas project. And we want to thank John Mordus for his material contribution to the project. You all have come through wonderfully this year, nothing more can be asked of you all, we have some big donors of treasure through our raffle, and we have had some very important smaller donors through our raffle, because even though they don't have much for themselves, they still managed to come up with a few extra dollars to help make a difference in a Gold Star widows Christmas. All contributions hold equal weight, we have all given what we can, and most importantly, it was all done with heart. We truly have the greatest and smallest woodworking community in the cyber world. After all, we are: The Few, The Proud, The Patriot Woodworkers! Thank you Patriot Woodworkers!
  6. Special Eagles

    Had a lady who wanted a Xmas gift for her dad that could be handed down when the time came. He was very proud of serving his country as well as his Polish heritage. She wanted to incorporate it all as well as having the family name. I had to play with it for a while. The Marine emblem just didn't fit in with all the other components. This is what we agreed on, and she was very very happy when she picked it up. Ended up about 22 x 18 finished. She even tried to give me a generous tip, so she also got a camping sign to give as another gift.
  7. New CNC Lathe

    This is an amazing piece of equipment but, I'm easily impressed. http://lumberjocks.com/mikeacg/blog/103346
  8. Last week, I received my order of a little GearBest 1.6 w. Laser engraver. Friday, my son and I....actually my son and 12 Y.O. grandson...assembled it. I watched. My son is a robot tech and assembly was easy for him. I would still be arranging the parts. I left it at his house in Tucson and he's going to going to get it up and running. He's somewhat of an Arduino freak and wants to play around with getting the laser to interface with a Raspberry Pi instead of a computer. All, way above my pay grade. So, I guess I've stuck my toe .... barely... into the CNC world. My son is a busy guy so, it may be a while before we'll have an operational machine. But, I've got plenty of other toys to keep me out of trouble.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. VCarve Training - Basic Fri, Sep 29, 2017 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PDT - Overview of VCarve features - Introduction to CNC - Drafting - Toolpathing - Importing 2D and 3D work - Preparing the file for your CNC - Setting up tools - Q & A Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/365073373 You can also dial in using your phone. United States: +1 (872) 240-3212 Access Code: 365-073-373 First GoToMeeting? Try a test session: https://care.citrixonline.com/g2m/getready VCarve Training Free Sessions Dates: (sessions are scheduled on every last friday of the month unless otherwise noted) 9/29, 10/27, 11/17*, 12/29, 1/26, 2/23, 3/30, 4/27 and 5/25
  12. Few new things

    Few things the CNC put out lately
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. Laguna Tools CNC Shared Software

    Drafting and Design Have an idea you can’t translate into a drawing? The Design Services team at Laguna can help you with your design goals. 3D Modeling We can create models from scratch or using existing documents tailored for your manufacturing capabilities and provide file formats you can use with your CAM software. Toolpathing Our Design Services team can prepare toolpaths for your existing designs to get you up and running quick. If you want, we’ll even explain the process to you after so you understand each step. Software Training Our objective is to make sure that Laguna Customers have all the tools to bring their ideas to reality. We offer in-house and online software training sessions for VCarve, Aspire and RhinoCAM customers.
  16. I was perusing the Laguna Tools CNC customer stories and came upon this pretty awesome business, they build wooden mountain bikes, here is the Laguna page at https://lagunatools.com/customer-stories/savvy-cycles-wood-on-wheels/ Link to Savvy Cycles http://www.savvy-cycles.com/bikes.html The projects you can create by CNC are vast and endless it seems, how cool is that!
  17. This little project of 26 Walnut awards used most every tool in the shop but I did my best to be efficient and consistent with the steps so I could make these as identical as possible. Here are the steps outlined in the video below - Enjoy! David
  18. Jack Daniels Sign Donation

    Back in April, my wife's cousin was diagnosed with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. Subsequent testing indicated it had moved into his liver, and there were blood clots. His family and friends organized a benefit for him that was held yesterday. Sadly, Dwight passed away last Saturday morning. He had a lot of friends and they turned out in droves for the benefit. At last count, the live auction had raised over $47K...and almost $4K for the silent auction. BBQ plates - yes many were sold at $10 each. 450 went out to area businesses on Friday, and probably about that many more at the benefit. I contributed to the silent auction by making a sign with the Jack Daniels logo carved into it. As far as I know, it is a one of a kind. It turned out pretty nice and drew a lot of attention. Thirteen bids in all, and yes, some were repeat bidders. My wife said she noticed one lady that kept walking over to check out the latest bid. We think she may have been the eventual high bidder. And the good part is it sold for $240. That made me really happy. But in all honesty, I think it would have sold for more in the live auction, but that wasn't my decision. There were some deep pockets in the crowd. Here are some pictures of the construction and the auction. It was one of my first efforts with the new CNC. It took me longer to design the project than it did to carve it. RIP Dwight Cahanin. Mike
  19. I originally posted this on Vectric's forum, but as it makes sense to post under this topic I'm sharing it here again. Sometimes a part that needs a little CNC work done on it is too small for any conventional bed clamp to hold down. I have used my drill press table vise on occasion, but it is rather tall. More useful on my CNC shark which has better Z clearance than my Probotix Meteor. Most wood vise parts are 1/2" BB plywood and cut out on my CNC. One small part on the bottom was a thinner piece of scrap plywood. I spaced the holes out so the vise would slide into 2 tracks of my CNC bed. Discovered by accident that the hole spacing also works in the solid t-track bed of my CNC Shark. Apologies for the B&W images. Accidently had the wrong setting set in my photo software. The 3/8" x 16 threaded rod pushes against a 5/16" vertical aluminum post embedded int the front vise jaw. Keeps the jaw from spitting. No handle designed for it yet. I turn two nuts jammed together on the end with a box end wrench. 4D
  20. As the CNC guru where I work, the thing that challenges me most often is: How are we going to secure that piece of wood to the bed of our CNC? All our CNCs either came with a t-track bed, or have been modified by me to have t-track slots for clamps or jigs that can hold work in place. Most store-bought clamps hold work DOWN, but it is often more important to keep work from moving sideways. For that I've designed clamps I can cut out using the CNC which hold work by the top AND the side. On occasion I get project boards that will have something cut on the entire top surface. Any clamp I might use would be in the way of the spinning cutter. One solution (not my favorite) is to break the job into two or more tool paths. Each should leave room on the top for enough clamps to hold the work down. When the first is done the clamps are moved for the second tool path to cut where they used to be. A solution I've been using more of lately is to have the students hot-glue their project board to a slightly larger (1" extra around the perimeter minimum) scrap board. The glue holds the project board to scrap. The scrap then is where clamps are applied to hold all down and in position. I also am challenged to affix large and/or unusually shaped things to the CNC bed for some CNC work. The bed of our Probotix CNCs can be removed entirely to expose a t-slotted extrusion frame. Using drop-in nuts I've been able to mount an array of different jigs/brackets/fixtures to that frame which then let me clamp onto the unusual part. This adjustable angle clamping jig (and a larger version I use where I work) clamps to the front rail of the CNC frame and has let me cut most unusual things. That jig can be clamped at any angle between 90 (vertical) and 0 horizontal) and work can then be clamped at any angle on the face of that jig. I had to cut a mortise array 4 times on the bottom of an assembled student cabinet project as a solution for mounting her tapered legs to the cabinet. To hang her cabinet under the CNC I made bridging supports that spanned from side to side, bolting into the frame on each side. Photo below. LINK to the blogpost about it. Each semester brings new challenges. The reason I chose CNCs made by Probotix is the potential their open frame design brings. I mount their CNCs on a simple frame with no top surface. This leave the volume beneath them open to the floor for whatever challenge may yet come. 4D
  21. Dowel Splice Joint

    I've got a closet in my spare bedroom (storage room) that I wanted to add another clothes hanger rod to. Among my scrap pieces I had two 1.25" diameter closet rod sections that together would be long enough, but neither was long enough on their own. The distance to span is roughly 22". This is a CNC-cut splice joint I came up with to solve the problem. Test cut on smaller scraps shown in the photos. I'm calling it my radial finger joint. Finished spliced rod now loaded with clothes and seems to be able to handle the weight with no complaint. If it does fail eventually I'll report back. 4D
  22. Chloe

    I cut this sign for my step-daughter. It was my first attempt. Not real happy with it, but it will have to do. They drove in from Oklahoma for her husbands grandfathers funeral. She loves it. And she said "I could have used it at the kennel this week because we had to put Chloe in the kennel while we were on the road". I plan to improve on my finish work. The carving went great, but was slow because the paw prints took a long time to cut with a 60 deg v-groove bit that has a flat tip. Sure looks good though. And the paint was hard to sand off. That I will work on for future signs. Just a beginner making beginner mistakes.
  23. My Venture into the CNC World

    Recently I purchased a new CNC machine from Probotix. I decided the Asteroid was the biggest model I could fit into my cramped work space. In fact, I had to build a frame that would straddle my router table double decker bus style. So far it has worked out OK. Not knowing anything about CNC's and the design software required to create the projects and generate the code necessary for the CNC to understand was quiet intimidating. In fact, I was just plain skeered. But thanks to my fellow Americans, I moved forward. I downloaded the trial version of V-Carve Pro and started watching their many tutorials on You Tube and the videos of a lot of other folks that use V-Carve. As the weeks went by, I became more and more comfortable with the design software. Another factor was the Linux Operating system. I know nothing about it, but that is what comes with the Probotix machines. That turned out to be no problem. It appears to be a basic slimmed down version of Windows. That makes it easy to cut, paste, delete, make new folders, etc. I admit, I am still learning more about the Controller interface as to what all the buttons are for and their functions, but I have managed to home the machine, set the x,y,z to zero and run the files I need. So far, so good. 'Course there was the time I started the program, but forgot I had turned the router off it's switch. That was kinda ugly. So, there I was with a bad fever and no machine. I was chomping at the bit. Then my wife mentioned our daughter/husband was going to New Orleans so Guy could attend a maintenance convention. And her female cousins' husband was also going (wife also). And another cousin was also going to the same convention. Some as vendors, Guy as a company maintenance manager. Wife wanted to go and hang out with the girls for a day or so. She asked if I wanted to go. I said yes...and when we leave, we can run over to Ft Walton Beach and pick up my new CNC!!! She said yes. Now, was that slick or what? ha ha ha. We turned Mike & Pat's big adventure into a mini vacation traveling from Houston to new Orleans, then on to Ft Walton Beach, and Destin. Got to enjoy some great food...mostly Cajun seafood. I had called ahead to make sure they had a machine ready, but they didn't. Len gathered his guys in a huddle and they agreed they could have it ready when we got there...and it was. Is that great or what? They loaded it up and we pointed our wagon to the west (my pillow awaited me a mere 600 miles ahead)! So this turned out great. On the way back, we stopped in Biloxi and ate at a restaurant on the waterfront, then hit the road again. The freight would have been $400+ so we spent that doing vacation things and still brought the machine home.
  24. OK, I going to try and stimulate this section a little bit with a simple challenge. If you were to guide a complete newbie on what to get, how to configure it, best sources of equipment and prices, and what software to use, what would your advice be for that person starting out? Recognizing that this is a broad subject, in order to narrow it down a little, and provide some guidelines, consider that; it is for hobby shop use, cost/size should be best value for the price, ease of set-up, ease of programming (best software), etc. I think that this should cover it...you get the idea. Basically, a primer on how to get started for someone who wants to get involved in CNC type work. Let's see where this goes and eventually get a step by step guide available as a suggested guideline. Bill
  25. Celtic Trinket Box - Cherry

    From the album CWD CNC Boxes

    A small lift lid single compartment trinket box made from Cherry

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