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.


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.


Cobra X3 has arrived

Well my new Cobra X3 is finally in my workshop.

I hired a flat bed tow truck to pick up the Cobra from the transport depot. At the depot they loaded the machine onto the flat bed using a fork lift

During the unloading process we found out that it was better to remove the side and top off the crate, Drive driver maneuvered the flat bed in front of my workshop, tilted the truck bed up and nothing happened, we hoked up the cable winch and slowly pulled the machine down the truck bed.

The machine was 3/4 into my workshop and off the flat bed, so I paid the driver and off he went. I installed casters on the legs of the table that were in my shop and using the old roman method, we slowly moved the machine, inch by inch into the workshop.

The whole process took 4 hours from the time at the depot to closing my workshop door. We then spent 3 more hours cutting up the crate and loading it into my pickup.

Sorry the some pictures are dark.


My new CAMaster Cobra X3

Here is my new CAMaster Cobra X3 at the manufacturers in the final testing stage, should be ready in a week or so.

CAMaster Cobra X3

CAMaster’s flagship is the Cobra Series CNC. The Cobra is a truly versatile industrial Router. The best part of the Cobra CNC Router is that it is extremely affordable. The Cobra, like all CAMaster’s products, is built by us in the USA and is backed by the industries best warranty and CAMaster’s unparalleled support.

CAMaster has designed the Cobra Series to stand out against the competition. The difference can be easily seen in the Cobra’s industrial welded steel frame. The heavy frame gives the Cobra the rigidity that other machines may lack. CAMaster also enlists Hiwin linear bearings & rails on all axes of the Cobra. This gives the Cobra a smooth and responsive movement. The Cobra Series boasts an industrial controller powered by WinCNC. This platform gives the Cobra a stable working environment allowing CAMaster the tools to use the full potential of our Remote Technician Support.

What does X3 stand for:

One of the more noticeable options to the Cobra Series is CAMaster’s X3 option. Exclusively available on the Cobra the X3 gives you the ability to use 3 tools in one file without the need of changing tools. This is accomplished by using 2 side mounted routers that are pneumatically actuated. The WinCNC control software keeps up with the position offsets. All the Cobra X3 needs is a T command from your CAD/CAM software to perform its less than 5 sec. tool change.

The X3 gives the Cobra a tool changing option at a fraction of the cost of an automatic tool changing spindle. The side mounted routers are intended for light to moderate routing needs. (drilling, dados, rabbits, engraving, carving, & more) The center high frequency spindle is intended for the more demanding jobs and can be upgraded if necessary.

For more details on CAMaster routers  Click here

New CAMaster CNC router arrived

Well today Friday 9th July my new CAMaster arrived.