|Project by blmac4||posted 05-11-2016 08:00 PM||618 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
Our turning club put out a challenge to make something out of a 41” x 2” square piece of Cherry. I have a CNC with a rotary attachmenthe that I have not used yet, why not give it a try. After some thought, I decided to make a walking cane, but I decided to turn the cane on my regular lathe and then did some engraving on it using the rotary on the CNC. After much trial and error attempts on scrap pieces, finally got something done. Came out OK for first attempt, and learned a lot, so hopefully next project will be a little better. I am into genealogy, so I came up with the idea to put our family tree on the cane. Maybe one of the grandkids will carry on the interest in genealogy and I can pass the cane on to one of them.
The biggest problem I had was engraving on a tampered piece, and I’m sure there is a simple solution, but I was running out of time to get it down. The other thing that took awhile to get right was, the first time I ran a test attempt, the lettering came out backward and upside down. I finally figured out that after I entered the lettering, if I flipped in the horizontal, it would engrave in the correct orientation.