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Project by mikeacg posted 08-13-2015 03:50 PM 1440 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I do a lot of hand carving, especially for one-off pieces, but I do believe in using the proper tool for the proper job. Some things like textures are just better accomplished using a CNC machine. I will always be clear about how my projects are created. This is a CNC project. I saw a large, textured leaf on the vines growing on my fence in Wilmington, NC and wondered if I could scan it into my computer. Amazingly it made a very nice Black & White jpeg which I imported into Aspire (from Vectric). The leaves are one piece and the base is another. I carved the leaves in pine with a 1/8” tapered ballnose which held all the detail very nicely. I later carved the name of a friend’s winery into the base and gave it to him as a present (He had gifted me with several bottles of his homemade brew so I felt a bit guilty…). Here’s a shout-out to Ray and Mary Anne in Bailey, NC!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com





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KnotCurser

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#1 posted 08-13-2015 04:43 PM

Those leaves look incredible.

Great idea and superb execution – congrats!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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mikeacg

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#2 posted 08-13-2015 11:34 PM

Thank you Robert! I enjoyed making it!

I see lots of mash paddles and taps on your project list. Are you a brewer? I’ve been working with a friend who is starting a nano-brewery and learning a lot about beer.

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#3 posted 08-14-2015 10:40 AM

Nice job, Mike. I have to raise one point against the art wood carving with CNC. I had my satisfactions from programming system in the computer, I have my satisfactions from wood carving by hands with chisel, gauge and by electric tools (like Dremel, Chainsaw – these are shorten the time of work). I can achieve the same result with mechanical tools only, but using electrical tools doesn’t hurt my enjoyment from wood carving.
I assume that carving with CNC will take my satisfaction from the challenge of wood carving. My opinion is good for me, I don’t criticize others’ way of thinking and behavior about this subject.
For example, I can see that can be better by CNC from economic point of view.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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Eli Adamit

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#4 posted 08-14-2015 10:55 AM

O mike, I’m within the 60 minutes, in which I can make changes in my above comment, but there is no reason to change it:
After posting the previous comment, I went to read your home page and find out that you are a new comer here, so,You are welcomed to the Lumberjocks. I learned another example from your homepage on why to use CNC, so what I want to add is to bless you with good health and Enjoy what you are doing.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 08-14-2015 11:24 AM

Eli,

I understand what you are saying. There is something so nice about the feel of wood and the challenges of working with the grain. But there is also something exciting about creating a 3D object on a computer, taking an idea and making it live. A design in a computer is so intangible – the 3 dimensions exist only in cyberspace – and yet, through the use of a computer controlled router, the object becomes real. It is like magic to me…
Thanks for your welcome to Lumberjocks! I have looked at all of your projects (The Prayer is my favorite!) and appreciate your carving skills. I will be posting some of my hand carved pieces as soon as I have time. I hope you will enjoy them my friend!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#6 posted 08-14-2015 01:43 PM

Mike, I understand what you are saying about creating a 3D object on a computer. I have no experience with programming 3D but I had some experience with programming management systems and it is exciting to see how many code lines yield a system which works.
I add you to my buddies list in the Lumberjocks in order to follow your projects.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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#7 posted 01-28-2018 02:49 PM

This is a beautiful wine holder and I love the design and quality. It’s a real eye catcher.

I love the texture that shows up nicely in the 2nd photo. What CNC machine do you have?

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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mikeacg

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#8 posted 01-28-2018 07:17 PM

Charles,

I did this project with a Camaster Stinger I (25×36x5) shortly after I got it. A sweet little machine…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#9 posted 06-05-2018 12:05 PM

Beautiful piece. Mike I wish I could lean to run a CNC, I’d like to get a CNC laser. I think it would be something I could do when I can’t lift heavy wood pieces any more which is coming sooner than I thought.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mikeacg

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#10 posted 06-05-2018 12:19 PM

Thanks Jim!

I could teach you to use a CNC, if for no other reason than to drill your cribbage board holes! They make some small, relatively inexpensive machines these days and I could have you up and running in no time. I need to make a run down there one of these days anyway just to check out your shop!

I think you’d get bored with a laser but if you want to learn, I’ll show you how!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#11 posted 06-05-2018 08:14 PM

hello Mike …. I do really like the way CNC carves these leaves out …. GREAT JOB :<))

They make some small, relatively inexpensive machines these days and I could have you up and running in no time.

- mikeacg


what do you call inexpensive ? LOL

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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mikeacg

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#12 posted 06-05-2018 09:15 PM

Tony,

You would be amazed at what is happening in the CNC world! I started with a Roland Modela and knew within 2 months that I would be moving up. Now there are machines in the hundreds of dollars range that do more than I could have imagined. Check out Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_5_10/141-8755433-0737204?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=cnc+milling+machine&sprefix=milling+ma%2Caps%2C203&crid=25MJE0DQG59EL
Think about what you think you might want to make and let me know. The little Modela might not fit into my business model today but it taught me a bunch and I still use it for doing inlay work on guitar heads so it’s still earning its way.

I should point out that the crack in the dragon inlay was because I use ivory keys that I buy on Ebay for my inlay projects and the dragon required a bigger piece than I had available at the time…
Think about the size of the project you want to do with a machine (no sense buying a 4×8 machine to do little boxes). Depth (Z) is important as well. If you are anticipating doing 2D and lots of engraving type work, the Z is less of a problem but if you want to do 3D you’ll want as much as you can afford. I do a lot of 3D sign work in 2” foam and glue it up rather than spend a bunch on a machine that will do thicker sections and require longer, more expensive bits. You have to think about spending money efficiently… I will help you (and any of the Lumberjocks) answer those questions. I do not sell CNC machines but I use them every day. There are some things that they excel at – like drilling a million cribbage board holes accurately (spacing and depth) or reinterpreting detail from a black and white photograph (like the grape leaves in this project).
After that beautiful box you sent me from the Box Swap, I owe you big time!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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oldnovice

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#13 posted 06-06-2018 04:53 AM

You really did an ouststanding job on this project!
Those leave look like real gold plated leaves.

Not to sidetrack this forum but here are some of my thoughts about CNCs available today!
Most of those Amazon machines are imports and many don’t have any reviews!
Buy a brand name, preferably U.S. and remember that the hardware is only part of the solution!

I would, and did, do a lot of research before I bought mine.
I would much rather get a good first experience as opposed to long lasting sour taste!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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