Sea Turtle Inlay

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 12-10-2015 01:00 AM 1027 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at creating an inlay using the CNC machine. The process starts with first drawing the turtle. The drawing is then scanned into the CAD software (in my case simply taking a picture with the iPhone and loading the image). The image is then converted to a vectorized image and the vectors are cleaned up to give a better representation of the turtle. These vectors will be used to cut both the individual components (legs, head, shell parts) and the pockets in which the individual components will be inserted. Next, the inlay components are cut by cutting along the outside of each vector component. In my case the actual inlay parts are mahogany and walnut, but the image shown here is a test image – I neglected to take pictures of the final mahogany/walnut components. The pockets are cut by cutting inside of each vector components. The components are glued into the pockets and sanded. The inlay is coated with two coating of acrylic finish. The overall size is approximately 11”x14”.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#1 posted 12-10-2015 01:35 AM

looks like a fun project. very nice

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 12-10-2015 01:43 AM

That is another thing I want to try.
Thanks for showing that it is possible and practical.

By the way, I like the looks of the turtle.

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

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#3 posted 12-10-2015 01:46 AM

How cool is that.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 12-10-2015 04:53 AM

Beautiful turtle, beautiful colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-10-2015 07:24 AM

A real neat looking turtle Roger, you are certainly getting the hang of using that CNC machine.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#6 posted 12-10-2015 01:26 PM

very nice

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#7 posted 12-10-2015 05:36 PM

This looks great and it’s a nice pattern. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 12-10-2015 08:56 PM

Wonderful looking project. Can I ask what type of CNC you have and what software do you use?

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Roger Gaborski

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#9 posted 12-10-2015 10:22 PM

Thanks, I have a Shop Sabre 23 CNC and I use Vectric Aspire software. The machine is very solid and the software is very powerful for project design.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#10 posted 12-10-2015 11:10 PM

That’s awesome Roger! Think I could be done by hand too?? I love turtles :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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Roger Gaborski

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#11 posted 12-11-2015 01:00 PM

I have done similar work previously by hand, and I see you reason why you couldn’t.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 10:07 PM

Pretty cool Roger

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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