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Project by Arbo posted 10-24-2010 12:48 AM 4041 views 8 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Carved out with my CNC router.

I went through a few different things until I was happy with it. At first I painted the surface before cutting it, thinking the ‘face’ would then be painted and the cut parts could be stained.

It was ok, but the stain I used was too dark, so pulled out my sander and went over the ‘face’ to remove most of the paint. I left some behind that had soaked in and such. I think it gives it a better look not being perfectly clean.

It took about 5 hours to carve out using a 1/4” 90 degree V bit. Max depth was .25”.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com





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#1 posted 10-24-2010 12:50 AM

Oh, forgot, it’s about 21” diameter.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 12:51 AM

my wife would love this… awesome project.

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 12:51 AM

This is incredible! How big is it? Do you think you could post a few close ups of the carvings?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 12:54 AM

That is truly amazing.

jamie

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 01:24 AM

Thanks.

rivergirl, it’s about 21” diameter. I put up two more pictures of closer stuff.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 01:32 AM

Good choice on the finish. You got a really nice effect.

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 01:46 AM

Wow, this is really cool! I could see having something like this in my own house. I’m sure these would sell like hotcakes, what with all the “December 21, 2012” hype right now (personally, I don’t think anything is going to happen*). How did you program the CNC machine? How long did that take? Any test pieces? What’s the blank made of?

-- "Sometimes even now, when I'm feeling lonely and beat, I drift back in time, and I find my feet...Down on Main Street." - Bob Seger

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 01:50 AM

It is cut out of pine. I used a line drawing of the calendar (dxf) which I generated gcode from. It took about 5 hours to cut out.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 04:32 AM

Very nice job, it looks great.
I’ve seen the real one several times in the Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 05:53 AM

neat

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 05:57 AM

Thanks guys.

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 03:10 PM

Thanks for the close up photos. Again I say- that’s incredible. I think this process of carving would make an excellent and interesting blog. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 03:52 PM

5 hours?! It would take me that long to cut the circle out. From the look of it, it seems like the possibilities are unlimited with that ‘machine’. Mandalas and the such. Nice piece!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 04:02 PM

Here is a short clip of the machine in action doing some touch up passes on the carving..

http://www.vimeo.com/16132502

-- Paul, http://www.coriannslithos.com

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#15 posted 10-24-2010 04:07 PM

I had to look up what a CNC router was…. that is a pretty cool operation.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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