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Well, it's only been about 6 or 7 months since we bought Carveco and I finally watched enough tutorials to hack something out - yay!! I have been feeling guilty spending so much on software and not using it so I picked something that brings Fusion 360 to its knees - lots of text. I love F360, very powerful software. It does not handle text very well at all but it's the sweet spot for products like the Vectric line and Carveco. Not wanting to use my pricey hardwoods I picked up a 12"x48" glued up board of Spruce/Pine/Fir (I think this is Pine) at Lowe's and figured I would start with that. This also represents only the second or third time I have had Pine in the shop in the last 5 years - it tears my allergies up like crazy! So, on to the project; it's 9.5" x 12" x 3/4" thick, cut with a 5/8" diameter 60° bit, 100 ipm, 18k rpm, and cut with two passes. The first pass took most of the material and I did a follow up pass lowering Z by 0.005" to clean up any fuzz although there was far less than I would have thought for Pine. Cut time was about 12 minutes (per pass). I squared it off with the table saw rather than cut it out on the CNC. The finish is Nitrocellulose sealer, sanded, one coat of gloss lacquer, sanded, Mohawk Van Dyke Brown glazing stain, sanded, final coat of semi-gloss lacquer. The finish took about 30-40 minutes including drying time. Here's the finished plaque - Plunge router and keyhole bit for the hanging slot - I was surprised how cleanly the Pine engraved for this tiny logo, which is about 1.5" across, and cut with a 1/8" 60° bit - Using Carveco for the first time was kind of fun and a wholly different approach than using Fusion 360 but there's a lot I want to do with it, including some 3D work. Actually 2.5D, I guess, because the bottom will be flat. This isn't truly the first thing I have cut with Carveco but it's the first thing I can show. Last week I asked our pastor's teenage daughter to send me a photo of her and her new dog but didn't tell her why. So I took the photo and V-carved it and it came out really nice and she loved it. But since she's a minor I don't plan on posting any photos of that project. Enjoy! David
The cause As you know we had a wonderful project that spanned from the beginning of December to the end of the year of 2018 that involved the Bassett Family who was assigned to our community by Operation Ward 57. You can see the project at: The Patriot Woodworkers with Op Ward 57 Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for the Holidays - 2018 The donation We have a woodworker and his wife, @honesttjohn and Mrs. Mordus who for the past two years have shipped us some wonderful gifts for the families we support through our annual Christmas project. I always enjoy what the Mordus's ship us for the intended family of honor. You can see the Mordus's efforts last year at this link: This year was no different. We were contacted by John and he asked, "What can we do". He laid out some suggestions and just like last year, he quickly jumped into action and produced some lovely gifts for the family, and the Mordus's also threw in some Amazon gift cards for the boys as well! I'd like to show off what Mr. and Mrs. Mordus sent for the family, just like last year when I opened up the box to inspect the items and to have our kids wrap them in Christmas paper for delivery, I was deeply touched by what was in the box. I am a huge fan of anything hand made, obviously, as we all are! And I am a huge admirer of hand made clothing and blankets and such, and again, Mrs. Mordus came through with a beautiful blanket made by her own hand for the family. The blanket work is fine and beautiful The Mordus gifts, the beautiful family blanket laying over a chair, with plaques for mom and dad made by John, and two boxes with gift cards for the boys. After reading the family introduction at our project page for the Bassett's, John Mordus was struck with the continued service that Mrs. Bassett performs around the community, and throughout our nation to better the challenging conditions that surround our disabled veterans. Mrs. Bassett is the Nevada State Fellow for the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, and she travels to Washington to advocate for our veterans. John made a very appropriate honor for her. John also read that Dad Bassett loves to work in his garage, specifically automotive mechanics. So John made up a fun dedication to Mr. Bassett's man cave. Our kids wrapped them up and sent them off to the Bassett's, just in time for Christmas. Christmas morning The Bassett's and the Mordus gifts Christmas morning, they all loved them @honesttjohn! Mr. Bassett and subject of honor for our Christmas Project with his sign, "Pop's Shop"! Look at that smile! From what I understand Mrs. Bassett loved her gift very much as well, but was probably a bit shy to be in the camera at that time of the morning, you all know how females get first thing in the morn! Mr. and Mrs. Mordus, thank you once again for your help in yet another year with our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family for Christmas project. You truly do help make this event a special one, with the personal touch to the families. Now I know what is going to happen next, Honestjohn is going to send me a PM saying, "you really didn't have to make a big deal out of this", well, sorry John, yes I did! Thank you!