|Project by DLCW||posted 02-20-2011 01:18 PM||3845 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
This project started as an idea for a coffee table that was functional as well as totally unique. We decided to make this table out of western red cedar and douglas fir. The first part of the project was to design the scene that I thought would be interesting yet not cluttered. I used Vectric Ltd’s Aspire program to do the design work. After several iterations the design was finalized.
Then we glued up and surfaced the 8/4 WRC to get it ready for the CNC. I’ve found that my wide belt sander is now one of the most used tools in my shop as I prep material for the CNC. Material has to be flat and of consistent thickness to work right.
The next step was to put the big slab of WRC on the table and figure out a way to clamp it down while the carving took place. The carving took about 23 hours on the CNC then another 8 hours by hand to perform undercuts of the CNC work to show a more 3D effect for the animals in the carving. While the machine carving was taking place I cut and milled the material for the aprons and the table legs. One of the beauties of the CNC is that it can be working on one part of the project while I’m working on another part. It’s like having an employee that doesn’t mind working overtime and never asks for a lunch break or time off. :-)
Once all the machine and hand carving and sanding was complete I went to work on the staining process. This took about 2 days with most of that time “watching paint dry”. When the staining was done I added 3 coats of ML Campbell satin conversion varnish and then assembled the table. There is a piece of glass to cover the top but it had to be removed for photographic purposes (to much glare).
This was a fun, challenging and rewarding project to do. I have not sold it so I can show it to lots of people and I get LOTS of WOW’s when they see it.
-- Don, Diamond Lake Custom Woodworks - http://www.dlwoodworks.com - "If you make something idiot proof, all they do is make a better idiot"