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  1. But you DO have a CNC, improvise! I was asked to make a plug to go into the end of this boat prop so the plug can be engraved with the boat name. An older couple sold their large boat to a younger man and they told him of all the times they went on 3 and 4 day trips out into the Gulf off the coast of Louisiana and took their kids and grandkids. Because the new owner planned some upgrades, including newer props, he thought it would be a nice gesture to have a Walnut plug put into one prop and give it to the older couple as a sentimental keepsake. So I cut the plug on the CNC and now just have to shoot some lacquer on it so the laser shop can engrave the boat name. They'll epoxy it into place. Not worthy of a video but an odd request, for me anyway, so I figured I'd share it with y'all. David
  2. Almost two years ago I fired up the CNC for the first time and right away decided to cut a sign with several bit changes, varying depths of cut on the letters, generated in one G-code, and no clue how to make bit changes once it took off. But, it was an inexpensive and soft piece of WRC so I let 'er rip. Well, I completely messed it up and kept the piece as a reminder as to what happens when you get in over your head. The other day I decided I would modify the file because I know a WHOLE lot more about Fusion 360 now and thought I'd see if I could cut the sign properly on the other side of the same board. Here's the one from Dec. 2016 - And the one from this week - I haven't decided whether to paint it, stain it, or just leave it alone. If I hang it on the house it will be out of the weather and away from the sun. You have my permission to laugh at my expense - I did! LOL! David
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    Marriage sign (or plaque)

    This is something I came up with a while back and have made a few but I thought I'd post a few photos of this one. It's a marriage, wedding, or anniversary sign (plaque?) in Walnut with a Maple cross. This can be hung on a wall or set on the easel I also designed. It's got one coat of Nitrocellulose sanding sealer and one coat of gloss. Enjoy! David
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    Another Stripes Plaque

    In the summer of 1974 I took the shop tour at CF Martin and got the bug to build. Then in December 1974 I traveled to Wartrace, TN, to visit JW Gallagher & Sons to visit their shop and place an order to have a guitar built for me. Seeing both in the short period of time, huge production facility but still hand made Martin guitars and Gallagher's small shop building about 75 guitars each year, just drove it home for me that I really need/want to build guitars. I had a small shop, about 10x20, in 1985 and a sacrificial guitar with a top that needed replacing, a back that was split, and a fingerboard with issues. So I replaced the top, the back, part of the neck and headstock and then refinished the guitar. It sounded very good and I still play it. But life got in the way and I didn't get to build again. So I started acquiring woods and tools and finally reached the point where it was either 'now or never' - I chose now. I want to build many guitars the first one took a while because I was building templates, fixtures, forms, jigs, etc. for each step. What took me 6 months to do on the first one I accomplished in a week on the second one. I've had to put it aside to work on other things but when I get back on it I expect it to go much quicker. And I have to tell you it is doable, not that difficult, and extremely rewarding! The biggest tool in my shed is patience - I have a ton of it! David
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    Another Stripes Plaque

    Thanks, John! The guitar is close to the sound I want but I need to work on the intonation. It's close but I want it closer. Once I get that right, if I can ever get time to get back on it, I'll do a video of me playing it unless I can find a real picker. The sound is bright, clear, with a lot of sustain. I can strike a chord and still hear it 20 seconds later. At this point I'm glad it hasn't self destructed by the string tension! David
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    Another Stripes Plaque

    Had an order for another stripes plaque in Walnut and Maple. This one is an SFC Stripe, about 12" x 18", finished in Nitrocellulose lacquer. And for a size comparison here it is in front of the guitar I recently built - David
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    Laser Etched Cutting Board

    Thanks, Lew! I get mine from a guy on eBay and the reason I use silicone rubber and SS screws is because that's FDA approved. Plain rubber or vinyl and regular screws that are cadmium plated or zinc plated, etc., are not FDA approved. The last time I bought I got a boatload of these so I'd have to find the order and see who I bought from. David Edit: I forgot how easy it is to look up old purchases on eBay. https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Cutting-Board-SOFT-Bumper-Feet-Small-1-2-Medium-5-8-Large-7-8-XL/222334068775?hash=item33c424a827:m:mebGJbdrp0ieQwgvsyvNVIA:sc:USPSFirstClass!71111!US!-1
  8. Yes, another cutting board thread... sorry. This is an all Maple board 12" x 15" x 1 1/4". The top 1/2" is bookmatched with some nice ribbon in a few spots, mostly toward the left side. The reason I'm posting yet another cutting board is that I've never done one like this and that's typically what I post. I don't see any point in showing y'all cutting boards just like the last 10 or 20 I've made so you get to see the new ones and then I won't bother y'all again. Well, unless it's sort of the same with a new and interesting twist. I cut the board, drew the design in CorelDraw X8, and took the CorelDraw artwork to the laser shop I do work for and they cut it for me while I had a cup of coffee and waited the 30 minutes it took to burn the design. This was cut on a 60 watt Epilog and done in one pass. I lightly sanded the whole board with 400 grit when I got back to the shop so the tree and other burn areas would take on a bit more character. Then the standard 2 coats of mineral oil the first day followed by our Beeswax and mineral oil mix the next day. On the bottom are silicone rubber feet attached with stainless steel screws. Anyway, here's the board. David
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    Command Chief Stripes Plaque

    Actually took an order today to do another, albeit slightly different this time. SFC Stripe? I wasn't in the military so no idea what any of these mean but I have the artwork and will get started. David
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    Command Chief Stripes Plaque

    To me it's just another tool in the shop. I use it when it makes sense for time, accuracy, or repeatability. A few weeks ago I cut 30 plaque bases (posted it here, as well) and someone locally commented that I should have cut the entire piece on the CNC but all I cut was the slot for the acrylic plaque. My reasoning was simple - it took all of 10 minutes to cut the 25° taper on the front of the base for all 30 pieces. It would have taken a whole lot longer on the CNC and I would have had a lot more wasted material. But I'm ok with the CNC hybrid moniker - it's still just another tool in the shop. David
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    Command Chief Stripes Plaque

    Thanks, Guys! Gene, I started to put it there but I also used the planer, jointer, tablesaw, drum sander, spindle sander, chisels, and Dremel. It's not just a CNC piece that I drew and cut in an hour. Lots and lots of hand work to get it to that point. But that just tells me that the CNC guy isn't very good... these pieces should just 'fit' right out of the CNC. David
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    Command Chief Stripes Plaque

    I had a request to make a plaque for a Command Chief and this is what we came up with, an unsteamed Walnut and Maple plaque. It's pretty large, actually, so I included a shot of it by the guitar I just finished. The plaque is about 12" x 21" and the Maple inlays are about 1/8" thick. The finish is Nitrocellulose lacquer. David
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    1st Acoustic Guitar Build

    Thanks everyone! Herb, the Padauk is for a highly technical reason - I like Padauk. David
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    1st Acoustic Guitar Build

    I've seen that when I post but haven't used it before. Tags, hmmmm… Acoustic guitar, French polish, bending wood, inlay - that sort of thing? Add 'em if you're able, fine with me. David
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    1st Acoustic Guitar Build

    That must be visible only to mods. Do I make up the tags or are there some from which to choose? David

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