British Pub

Here is a miniature British pub my wife finished a few weeks ago.


Bling box – Retirement gift

I built two Bling Boxes using the Vectric Project designed by Michael Tyler as retirement boxes.

Both boxes were made using Padouk with a Corian inlay in the lid.

Box 1

Box 2


Shop Counter Top

I have just finish building a shop counter top. I still have to do some sanding and staining to do.
OH I forgot to say, this is a mini shop counter top


Miniature street sandwich board sign

Here is a miniature street sandwich board sign I cut using 1/8″ and 1/16″ Baltic birch  for the  Cottage Club miniaturists, the scale is 12:1 the height of the sandwich board sign is 3″ high and 2″ wide.


Wooden dice

Here is a set of wooden dice I made for an engineer, I used 1/8″ Baltic Birch plywood. The size of the dice is 1.5 cube.


Row of houses

I cut a bunch of miniature row of houses in corrugated cardboard for Janet Oliver (designer) for Cottage Club miniaturists, length is 3″ long x 1″ high. You can compare it against the size of the penny.


Installing phenolic top

In my prior post I removed the two layers of MDF and was down to the bare CNC frame, my friend Mike Queen from Wincnc (CAM software) wrote a G-Code file that I use with my digitizing touch probe to find the center of a hole, fist I turn off local zeros and work off machine zero (lower left hand corner)


Vacuum plenum preparation

I have been thinking about a vacuum plenum for my new Hurricane vacuum system I was going to use MDF but I then decided if I am going to create a vacuum plenum ….. do it right the first time. I decided to use phenolic because it’s stable.

So I had the remove the two layers of MDF that came on the machine. First I had to find the bolts holding the MDF down. In picture 1 you can see in the lower Left hand corner I milled the top layer of MDF off. I then centered my 1/2″ router bit over the first bolts and cut a groove down the Y axis through the first layer reveling bolts (thinking that CAMaster would lay the bolts holes in a pattern) which they did. Once I had the pattern on the X axis and the Y axis I draw the pattern in Aspire, picture number 2. Since I am unable to use the spindle to cut holes at the very back of my spoilboard I used a hand router to remove the top layer of MDF picture 3

Due to the weight of the MDF I decided to cutout sections of the spoilboard between the frame supports, again I used Aspire to draw the cutout cutting all the way through the spoilboard pictures 4 after machining I removed the pieces picture 5, 6 and 7

The new phenolic top should arrive on March 6th ……. I hope

I shall post more when I get the phenolic top.


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Vacuum pump

I have been thinking for a long time about installing a vacuum pump on my CAMaster Cobra CNC machine, Well I decided to do it, I bought a Hurricane vacuum system from http://www.blackboxvac.com/ WOW the quality of the Hurricane vacuum system is fantastic and it’s really plug and play, the system came complete assembled with a 6 foot cord and plug. All I have to do now is position it under my CNC and hook up the piping.


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