November 2017

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Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial

Why engrave slab headboards ? Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial is our topic today. Why engrave slab headboards ? Why engrave anything in the first place? Our abilities as engravers allow for us to take an average item and make it better. To personalize it in a way no other can. We do this by use of CAD to scale imagery and place it exactly where we want it to go. Have an old jewelry box laying around ? Put a decorative engraving on the lid. The possibilities are endless. Material Layout For our Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial we start with the design layout on the material. I want to know where all the discrepancies are. Knot holes. cracks and leaking sap to be more specific. I’ll measure from my materials dead center and measure to find the location of the problems. Write these down somewheres and have…

CNC Router bit types and their uses

CNC Router Bits CNC Router bit types and their uses is our topic today.Why so many router bits ? What’s their purpose ? Which bit do I use for a specific function ? Does the material I use make any difference in which router bit I use ? What is a router bit profile ? How long go they last, what’s their longevity ? Are they expensive, what do they cost ? These questions I needed answers to when I started out. I’ll discuss in greater detail the answers to these questions. CNC Router bit types and their uses I swear there’s as many router bits as there are uses for them. Certain router bits have specific functions but others can multitask. The bits you choose should do what you need. I’ve acquired several over the years but use only a handful. Although I own a cnc machine I still…

Raw Material Foraging Practices

What are raw materials ? Raw Material Foraging Practices is the topic today. So just what raw materials are we talking about ? Don’t we just go to the lumber yard to purchase our stock ? Why go through all the headache of foraging raw materials in the first place. What do foraged raw materials offer that other materials do not ? These are questions I asked when looking deeper into my own shops products lines. Let’s look deeper into this topic shall we. Raw Material Foraging Practices Raw Material Foraging Practices are simple and when done correctly the rewards are astounding.I won’t fail to mention that I only forage from downed trees,never good healthy trees. Any woodworker can purchase materials that have been milled,planed and dried. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of working with non symmetrical materials. Live edge slabs, tree limbs and branches all make great building materials.…

Utilizing Material Effects In Wood

What are effects in wood ? Utilizing Material Effects In Wood is our topic today. What are effects in wood ? How do we use them to make a piece stand out ? Are the effects difficult to work with ?  How will I determine what species to use and for what project? Is the species I’m looking to work with available in my area ? If not then where ?These questions I asked when I wanted to fabricate unique pieces. Utilizing Material Effects In Wood In our woodshop spalted materials are used more than any other. Spalting creates a uniqueness like no other and when used correctly its effects are stunning. This is only one effect in wood, we’ll discuss others. The placements as important as the project itself. The wrong effect in the wrong area will take away from the piece not add to it. Let us see…

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