Wave Sculpture #3

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 03-14-2017 10:47 PM 1228 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wave Sculpture #3 is another example of a CNC wall carving I have designed that attempts to capture the wave motion so often found in nature. The Red Grandis Eucalyptus wood I used in creating this sculpture was hand chosen for its color and grain.

The carving is approximately 8” x 8” and offset mounted in a black frame to give the impression the carving is floating in the frame. The frame is made from maple hardwood, mdf and paint.


-- Roger Gaborski,

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Scott Oldre

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#1 posted 03-14-2017 11:31 PM

Nicely done. How did you sculpt it. Looks like you started out with a pattern and a router to get the beginnings then smoothed all the sharp edges.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 11:40 PM

Very nice one Roger, like the pattern and the smooth lines you created.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Roger Gaborski

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 11:51 PM

I create the pattern with a software program I wrote in a software package called Rhino 5. The program creates a model that I can cut on my CNC machine. I do cut it twice as you suggested – the first pass is a rough cut with sharp edges and the second pass smooths the rough edges. It takes about 2 hours to cut on the CNC machine and another hour or two of sanding.

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#4 posted 03-15-2017 12:22 AM

That’s really cool! I would like to see a timelapse of you making it, I’m sure it would be an interesting method


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#5 posted 03-15-2017 12:56 AM

Looking good. I’ve recently seen similar effects here in Western Australia on large pieces of furniture, – doors, cabinet tops and sides etc though I had thought they were done by hand. May they had a super sized CNC!!

-- Madburg WA

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#6 posted 03-15-2017 01:03 AM

I really enjoy this one, especially because the waves are offset from each other. And I think the grain adds a lot of detail, because the rings that would normally be below the surface are allowed to show up as contours.

Well done!

-- -Will, FoundSheep Designs

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#7 posted 03-15-2017 10:03 AM

This looks super smooth. Is that from the machine, or do you have to sand? Thnx in advance

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

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#8 posted 03-15-2017 11:29 AM

This is very creative and a nice piece of artwork. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-16-2017 05:04 AM

These are very beautiful Roger, keep them coming!
From what I remember about wave interference it looks accurate.

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

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#10 posted 03-16-2017 10:44 AM

Great work, a little mind blowing when you look at it for some time.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 03-16-2017 09:25 PM

Very cool. All it needs is a conical “splash” in center of each.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#12 posted 03-18-2017 10:52 PM

One of the most successful

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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