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


Lazy Susan project

My wife wanted a large Lazy Susan and since she like the basket weave design this is what I came up with, The material African Mahogany and there is no finish on it yet, my wife will do the finishing herself.


Pictures of Aspire meeting

My wife and I just got back yesterday after attending an Aspire meeting (CNC Software) at Jim McGrew workshop in South Carolina, it was a great weekend and there were some very talented people that showed there work.

There are some pictures of the work that was on display at the meeting.


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Aspire meeting at Jim McGrews

It’s that time of year again, my wife and I are attending an Aspire (CNC software) meeting at Jim McGrews in Columbia, South Caronlina.

We have our flights, Hotel and car rental all booked, I will post pictures later.


3D Wild Life Carving

Here is my latest project, it’s a 3D carving for above a door. The design is from Vectric Wild life DVD.
Material is African mahogany 1 1/8″ thick, 34″ long x 10″ high, the 3D carving is 32″ long x 8″ high.
Roughing toolpath was done was a 1/4″ end mill – machining time: 2 hours.
Finishing Toolpath was done with 1/8″ taper ball nose – machining time – 4 hours 10 minutes.
Total machine time was 6 hours 10 minutes.

At present there is no finish applied and I am thinking of doing a glaze finish. see glazing finish tutorial by Tim Merrill Here


Valentines Day Project

Here is a project I made for my wife for Valentines day, this project was designed by Michael Tyler (www.carvebuddy.com) and hosted by Vectric (www.vectric.com)

Here is the link Project Tutorial

– I used Bubinga wood for the main project also known as African Rosewood, Essingang, Buvenga.
– 1/4″ dowels  from the local craft store.
– 3 feet from the local craft store.
– Krylon Metallic Brilliant Gold spray paint – for the dowels and feet
– Krylon Metallic Brilliant Red spray paint

The only finish I did was 2 coats of shellac on the Bubinga.

Total machine time was around 4 hours, 3 router bits were use.
1) 1/4″ end mill (roughing),
2) 1/8″ ball nose (finishing),
3) 1/4″ end mill (cut out)


3 Home theater signs

Here are 3 home theater signs made from 1/2″ MDF, finish size is 14″ wide by 9 1/2″ high. Cutting time on the CNC was around 2 hours per sign.

Here is an update picture of the signs installed.


Making a spoilerboard for my Stinger CNC router

I finally got round to making a spoilerboard for my Stinger CNC router. I cut 3 pieces of ¾” MDF and screwed them down to the Stinger top, leaving the “T” slots open so I could use them for clamping later on. Then I draw a rectangle the size of the spoilerboard in Aspire, created a tool path and sent it to WinCNC … and that’s it. I machined the end and side of the spoilerboard parallel to the axis so I can align my work piece.