CNC meets the Dragon...

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Project by degoose posted 10-11-2013 09:49 AM 3302 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took a piece of white mahogany… eucalyptus acmenoides…
Clamped it in the CNC…
Opened a dragon file [3D] in aspire… ran a roughing toolpath using a 6 mm end mill bit and then a finishing toolpath dropping down to a 3 mm ball nose bit….
A coat of danish oil… finished..
and no it doesn’t take the fun out of woodworking… everyone that comes over is happy to watch it work [secretly and not so secretly wishing they had one…]....

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 10-11-2013 10:07 AM

That’s pretty amazing detail from a CNC router. I didn’t know they could do that.
I enjoy woodworking with hand tools, but I’m not a purist, and I can understand using a CNC to help speed up projects…especially when those projects put food on the table.
What CNC machine do you have?

-- Steve--

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#2 posted 10-11-2013 10:16 AM

Cool dragon carving Larry. There is plenty of room for all kinds of woodworking and woodworking machines and the CNC is one of many others and machines don’t stop others from doing their woodworking any way they want to.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-11-2013 10:30 AM

Very nice dragon Larry…You sure have the CNC doing great work. How long did the CNC take to carve/rout the Dragon?

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 10-11-2013 10:33 AM

That’s really cool. I really would like one.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 10-11-2013 11:26 AM

That is just cool! Either you’re having more fun with CNC that anyone should be allowed, or you’re on a mission to convert woodworkers to CNC, or maybe you’re heavily invested in CNC stock and related software stock. Whatever, incredible work you’re doing. Thanks for posting and continue on.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#6 posted 10-11-2013 12:12 PM

Larry; That is very impressive. How long does it take to program that design? I make it no secret, I want one of those.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#7 posted 10-11-2013 12:27 PM

Beautiful job, Larry. you sure moved up on the learning curve on that new machine quickly.
Very vine details!!.................Jim

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

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#8 posted 10-11-2013 01:44 PM

Now that is cool! I’m wanting one too!

-- Dick

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#9 posted 10-11-2013 02:15 PM


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 10-11-2013 02:22 PM

Looks like your having lots of fun with your new toy, cool dragon .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#11 posted 10-11-2013 05:16 PM

Wow, this is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#12 posted 10-11-2013 05:17 PM


That’s some pretty cool s—-!!!

Can it approach the sharp cuts and lines you can get with carving chisels?? 3mm is pretty small… does it look up close?

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 10-11-2013 06:05 PM

Hey that is a very cool carving and the CNC sure does nice work. I like watching them in action plus edge banders.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#14 posted 10-11-2013 08:56 PM

I didn’t read the title first so I thought this is hand carved. But this is really cool. You’ve accomplished your objective. Good job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#15 posted 10-11-2013 09:56 PM

Very cool!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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