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


2 carved cedar signs.

Here are 2 carved cedar signs I recently made for a customer, I first gave 2 coats of shellac to the bare wood to ensure the paint would not soak into the cedar grain. I then proceeded to carve the signs, after 2 coats of primer followed by 2 coats of white paint, finally used the random orbital sander with 220 grit paper.

The signs are 19″ wide x 11″ tall


Milling coffee table maple slabs

A co-worker asked if I could mill flat two coffee table maple slabs both sides, I was thinking how am I going to hold the down on the spoilboard. I came up with the idea of making two biscuit slots on each end, which he was going to cut off. I laid the maple slab 24″ x 44″ x 3″ on the spoilboard and using wooden wedges I was able to level the slab to get the most yield out of the material.


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Spiral Barley Twist

I just finished my first test run making a hollow spiral barley twist post on the recoil, it is made from a 4″x4″ post. I bought the barley twist bit from http://www.magnate.net/index.cfm?eve…roup&theID=240

Total machine time = 17 minutes

What I think is really amazing, I machined this with G-Code I wrote myself


Decided to make a new computer station for my CNC

I have been using an old workmate as my ATC workstation, it didn’t look very professorial when the customers came to my workshop. So I decides to make a tall corner cabinet, the countertop is 44″ off the ground (I prefer to stand and operate the CNC) it has one large door with my CNC computer and an amplifier for my music (got to have music in the shop). There is one large drawer for router bits etc and one small drawer for my pencils. I used Aspire software to cut the plywood panels, the faceframe and side panels were done on my router table. The material is popular and stained oak the panels are 1/4″ Jatoba, there were all off cuts from prior jobs.


IWF 2012

My wife and I just visited the IWF 2012 in Atlanta this year ……. I was a great show, here are a few pictures of the CAMaster booth


Decided to upgrade

After long and hard thinking I decided to sell my CAMaster Cobra X3 and upgrade to a 5′ x 8′ ATC (Automatic Tool Changer) with 10 tools, the new machine should arrive around end December 2011. First I had to crate and ship my Cobra X3 out. I decided to ship the machine back to CAMasters in Georgia for a service before shipping the machine to the new owner.


New Stinger CNC table

Well it’s been about 18 months I have been using my Stinger on a temporary table with extensions cords. Well I finally finished the table today.

The base is made from 4″ x 4″ with 2″ x 8″ stretchers upper and lower, then I used 3/4″ MDF to cover the whole base. I built a ledge on the front to store the control box, with easy access to both sides for the main switch and the touch plate. There are two black doors on the Left hand side to give access to the computer along with lots of storage.

I pocketed the table top for my router bits and I also pocketed the feet of the Stinger so it would not slide on the top. I wanted to make a sturdy table because the weight of the machine and also I didn’t want the table to rack during operation of the machine. The hardest part was painting the letters, I first painted the letters black then using a random orbital sander I cleaned up the overspray on the MDF. I then used a sponge roller and painted the yellow.

The finished size is 39 1/2″ wide, 64″ long and 26 3/4″ to the top of the table. All the work was done in Aspire on my Cobra X3, the CAMaster text is pocketed 1/8″ deep. I ran 2 dedicated 110V through conduit, to lazy to remove the Sheetrock)

I installed a laser to the lower router plate but never posted any pictures, the laser is operated through WinCNC, I position the laser on the corner of my work piece then click on Laser X0Y0 this creates the home position were the laser was.


Deer carving

This project is a deer carved in a dish with a forest background. The design is from Vectric Wild life DVD.
Material is African mahogany 15/16″ thick, 11 1/4″ wide by 16 3/4 high.

I V-Carved my name on the back using a 22 degree v-carve bit, the label is 4″ wide by 4″ high.
Roughing toolpath was done was a 1/4″ end mill – 150 ins/min machining time: 1 hours 25 minutes.
Finishing toolpath was done with 1/8″ taper ball nose – 150 ins/min machining time: 1 hours 50 minutes.
V-Carving 15 minutes

Total machine time was 3 hours 30 minutes.

The finish applied is 3 coats of Shellac


Wild life Clock

Here is my latest 3D work I made yesterday, I got the idea from Michael T over on the Vectric forum. The clock is 10.5″ wide, 17.5″ tall and 1.25″ thick, the material is Hickory.

Roughing – .25 end mill – 200 ins/min
Finishing – .125 taper ball nose – 150 ins/min

Total machine time 5 hours