Laser Project - Put on the Full Armor of God

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Project by OttoH posted 08-06-2012 09:47 PM 2524 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some projects I posted in a recent blog and did on my CNC and Laser machines, I really debated about posting them in the projects section because they were done on my CNC and Laser machines. Which brings up a good question:

Do CNC and Laser projects belong in the projects section?

If I get a majority of people that say, no they should not be in the projects section then I will stick to posting them in a blog when I wish to share them.

The Put on the Full Armor of God plaque is 25 inches tall and 13 ½ inches wide. It was done on a piece of Cypress Wood that was reclaimed from a swamp in Louisiana.

The Celebration Singers plaque is 11 inches round and was carved out of Wenge on my CNC. I did this for a fund raising auction for the youth choir at church.

The KCM Texas plaque is about 10 inches square and was carved out of Purple Heart on the CNC. I did this as a gift to the President of KCM.

The Windy Winery coasters were carved out of a Cedar Fence Board and the inserts are cork that were engraved and cut on the Laser.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#1 posted 08-06-2012 10:14 PM

Do CNC and Laser projects belong in the projects section?

Hmm.. good question.
The pieces are nice but obviously machine-made – great when you’re doing something for a fundraiser or the like but has a totally different ‘feel’ up against something hand-made. I do the type of work you’ve shown in these pieces and I’d put my burnings up against any machine. The only place it excels is in the small lettering. Otherwise, to my eyes at least, I see “mass production” but please understand, that’s not a slam at all. At one time I considered a CNC but decided I preferred my own hand with its occasional bump to factory perfection.
Do they belong in the projects section? I’ll leave that up to anyone else wanting to jump on that one. :)

-- Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best. --Theodore I. Rubin

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#2 posted 08-06-2012 10:57 PM

I will play Devils Advocate…. IF you use a router or a table saw or any other power tool….or in fact if you use any tool at all…other than your bare hands….??? Can these be put in projects…
For many years hand tools were all we had, then came the power tools, making life easier…and I am sure if Mr Chippendale had power tool [or a CNC for that matter] would he still used hand tools…. now tools are controlled by computer… another dimension to woodworking…
And so the debate goes on…
Are these finished….yes…
Are they made of wood….yes…
Then I think they are at home in projects….
JMHO for what it is worth

EDIT…. oh I nearly forgot… nice work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Ron Smith

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 12:11 AM

Oh yeah, they belong…
I too do all kinds of work from hand tools to CNC and laser. They are all just tools to be mastered. I think we draw the line at posting something we purchased rather than created :-)

Beautiful work!

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#4 posted 08-07-2012 09:14 AM

I say yes they belong. We all use different type of tools while making projects. Your CNC is another type of tool.
Well done looks fun.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 08-07-2012 10:08 AM

Nice work, it’s not about the tool used it’s about bringing an idea to life with the wood or pottery or cloth or paint ect…............

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#6 posted 08-07-2012 01:33 PM

Yeah they belong. I especially like the armour plaque.

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#7 posted 08-07-2012 01:54 PM

Very nice and detailed, but still looks factory made, could the detail be done with hand tools or carving tools, that is were the difference lies. CNC machines do take a craftsman mind to input the design, but it take a true craftsman hand to execute the design (tool to wood). They are made of wood, and they are super nice. But…....

Thanks for sharing and getting the juices flowing.

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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Paulo in Texas

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#8 posted 08-07-2012 01:57 PM

Great work OttoH, do you also have a CNC router?

I agree with Degoose, your CNC is just another tool that one uses, so go ahead and post it. I won’t call anybody out, but someone awhile back who made more complex stuff like furniture said that if you can build and finish a project in a weekend, then it’s not a project. Others prefer only using hand powered saws, drills, planes, etc, but that shouldn’t diminish the time and effort you used to learn your tool of choice. Otherwise should we tell those who use a router or powered saw that we disapprove of their project every time they post one using those tools?

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 12:12 AM

Glad you posted these. Keep up the great work and PLEASE POST FUTURE PROJECTS!

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