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Project by KarenW posted 07-15-2014 03:43 AM 935 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a long, interesting thread on the Coffee Lounge I realized I hadn’t posted any finished projects for awhile. Maybe because I get very little time to read or because some of our building projects aren’t photo-worthy or because I just flat forget to grab the camera.

Anyway, after so many years of furniture and building, I should have tons of photos but don’t—I lost all that when the house burned. All I have are things from now and after the new house was finished, we took a left turn in our woodworking. Wade had retired for the last time, I was still working, he was getting bored so we bought a CNC. He liked making signs, I figured it would be a good thing. It was, but not how I originally thought it was going to be.

Some folks don’t consider this woodworking but the same skills apply.
Some joinery, lots of lumber prep and finish and the sawdust smells the same.
So—a few pictures.

This is a memorial urn—a first for us.
All maple, dyed black and lacquered. It’s made in layers which were then laminated together and the top cut off to form the lid. We added rare earth magnets to secure the lid to the body and carved the badge separately. 12” tall

Second is yet another memorial box but this time for two. It was used to transport the remains of a couple to their scattering place. Made from curly birch with walnut trim done on the table saw with an old fluting blade we hadn’t used in years.
12×12x12—a veritable cube.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin





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DIYaholic

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 11:24 PM

Very nice woodworking projects!!!

I wish that I had a CNC….
To enable me to add embellishments….
To my woodworking projects.

I actually want to build one….
A CNC is simply (although NOT simple) a power tool….
that requires skill and knowledge to use effectively.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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KarenW

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#2 posted 07-16-2014 11:33 AM

You’re right – a CNC is simply a tool like any other tool. The machine itself is relatively simple – a table, a router or spindle, 3 stepper motors. The skill and knowledge is in the software – how to make that mechanically simple machine do what you want it to do in the way you want it done. I don’t mind admitting it took me about 3 months to get to the point of producing something other than designer kindling. :)
I know CNC’ers who do it all on their machine – joints and profile cutting, drilling and mortising, even planing – but I prefer to use it, as you say, for embellishments, and do the rest by traditional methods.

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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