Carvewright box experiment

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Project by cajunpen posted 09-15-2011 05:29 AM 3339 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This box, while it is certainly not anything to be proud of, has really excited me! I used a single plain, non nondescript piece of Pine measuring 3/4” x 5 1/2” x 24”. I have a Carvewright machine, which is a entry level CNC machine. My goal was to see if I could design a box in the Designer Software, bring it to the machine and cut out the box.
What I had was the oval bottom, two oval rings about 1/2” wide x 3/4” high and the oval top along with the insert for the underside of the bottom to help register the lid.

I half heartedly sanded this box down and slapped on some Maple gel stain. I also applied a little Suede Tex to the bottom. I only wish that I had used a nice piece or Walnut or Maple, because the box turned out exactly as drawn. I think that I will try to make my next box a little bigger – AND I’ll spend more time at the Spindle sander. This one measures about 6 1/2” x 5” x 2 1/4”. I will also remember to take pictures after it comes off the machine and after the pieces are removed from the board, before I glue it all up.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 05:32 AM

Bill: A great job on the box.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 05:46 AM

Bill…A great job with using a CNC machine. Have you had this machine a while ot is it fairly new? I often wonder how one would work for template making..

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 06:13 AM

Thanks Karson

Greg, I’ve had it for several years now – I had one of the first ones that came out. Template making would be a breeze on the machine. Keep in mind that you would be limited to a width of about 15”, but the length is wide open.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 10:44 AM

I like it. Oval boxes have an appeal all their own. While it may have begun as an experiment, I like pine a lot, as it has a charm all it’s own. Personally, I feel we should use it more (myself included). Thanks for sharing the experience.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#5 posted 09-15-2011 02:19 PM

Very nice shape, Bill. I can see where that machine could open up a lot of possibilities.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 09-15-2011 03:05 PM

Oh the possibilities!!! the box looks great!!!

Thanks for sharing!!!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#7 posted 09-15-2011 03:33 PM

Bill, it’s quite nice and a wonderful experiment.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 09-15-2011 03:47 PM

I’ve had a lot of fun making boxes with my CNC! :) I usually make the bottom out of one piece- I couldn’t quite discern if you did not that or not. The downside is you have to either live with seeing the toolpath or get a really big, flat cutting bit and set up a program just to finish the bottom.

I like the oval design a lot! Had not thought of doing a non-square box!

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#9 posted 09-15-2011 04:38 PM

... and I am trying to get a couple of shaker oval boxes done by hand… you mean all I have to do is get a CNC machine and let it do the work?

Nice job. I would like to see photos of the process used… that would be interesting.

Actually, I don’t think there is any wrong with the pine wood… kind of gives it a bit more character?

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#10 posted 09-15-2011 05:00 PM

Nice Box, Oval shapes are beautiful, great that You have a machine and the skills to use it to produce a fine finished piece, as they say “one of these days”, nice choice of wood as well, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#11 posted 09-16-2011 01:55 PM

it’s very easy to make oval boxes the “old way” , but I guess technology has it’s place. Very cool first try & I like the pine

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