Happy Birthday Kara!

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Project by mgb_2x posted 02-16-2012 04:59 PM 1507 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My baby girl has a birthday soon and I decided to add to her collection of wood stuff made by Dad. Fortunately she is a wonderful daughter who is always appreciative. This is an idea that has been in my head for a while and I recently decided to make it happen. Although not a big fan of Red Oak I have quite a bit of it and thought I would give it a try on this project. Two hours of design work, one hour of machining, two hours of hand work and a little stain and Deft and I am pleased.

I use a ShopBot CNC router and am pleased with the dimension this tool adds to my work. Some may say I am cheating but I prefer to think of it as using every aid possible to make something good out of wood.

By the way if any of you want to learn more about CNC woodworking go to and find someone in your area who does this work. It’s a pretty great bunch of guys and gals who will be glad to show you what can be done. If you are headed to Florida stop by and see me.

Next up my Son’s birthday gift.

Thanks for looking,

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#1 posted 02-16-2012 06:12 PM

Wow beautiful and cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-16-2012 06:29 PM

Nicely done. Though I don’t currently use a CNC router, I do have an uninstalled CNC milling machine setup. So I’‘m not at all against it. (need to get that thing hooked up)

Keep making them. I need some inspiration to get my mill hooked up and working. :-)


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

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#3 posted 02-16-2012 06:49 PM

Nice work, are you using Aspire by Vectric?

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 02-16-2012 07:23 PM

I have no clue about cnc machinery, but it sure helped you make a very lovely project. Anyone would be pleased to receive this as a gift.

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#5 posted 02-16-2012 10:39 PM

Very well done !!!

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2012 11:47 PM

Stunning! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#7 posted 02-17-2012 02:47 AM

Great job Mike,I’m sure that one wont get lost

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 05-24-2012 04:25 AM

Hey Mike,
Nice design work and execution. I really like the way you darkened the lettering on top too.
Keep up the good work!

-- fleetfoot

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#9 posted 01-05-2013 12:09 PM

Very nice. Cheating, no way. CNC is just another tool in my book. There will always be a saw and chisel in everyone’s tool kit.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 08-24-2013 09:55 AM


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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