|Project by oldnovice||posted 01-22-2013 03:02 AM||1305 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
Other than mounting my spoil board this is my very first CNC project. I had some 15/16” thick 100 year old native Iowa red oak and I thought this might be a good project to start my trek into CNC routing and make something novel for my brother who lives in Montana.
I was surprised at the difference between the surface of the wood and the inside of the wood. The inside looked more porous, “dried out” (for lack of a better description), and the color appeared faded. I think the difference can be seen in the photos of the front and back. This particular piece was a stair tread which I had previously planed down, to remove the finish and wear, from 1-1/16” to the 15/16” but nothing else had been done to the newly machined surfaces.
I added some Timbermate grain filler to the more open grain on the inside (none on the outside) and finished is all with three coats of satin Minwax rub-on-polyurethane.
I have to learn to look more closely at the images on the web. The image I used had a mistake in the lower right hand corner which obviously ended up in my project. I also found a lot of images with the northern border as a straight line as on a flattened map. Next time I will check the web images better!
I used a vector image as the input for the tool paths for the pocket and then the outline which included tabs to hold the work in place for the three passes to cut it out.
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