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CNC Engraved Log Kitchen Table

Why Log Furniture ? CNC Engraved Log Kitchen Table is our topic today. So why go with log furniture ? Will it fit my lifestyle ? Is it expensive in relation to other furnishings ? Log furniture will last for years with minimal care. Your lifestyle and preferences are as unique as yourself. This style furnishing wouldn’t look right in a modern style house but rustic, that’s a different story. All log style furniture ranges from a mere couple hundred dollars to the thousands. Each piece being unique and not matching the next is what makes it appealing. Materials and species are mixed and matched to create truly one-of-a-kind designs. The care and finishing of log furniture is no different than other wood furnishings. Leave it natural, stain it, seal it, paint it , polyurethane it, the choice is yours. CNC Engraved Log Kitchen Table CNC Engraved Log Kitchen Table…

GIMP, INKSCAPE and CAD

What is GIMP? GIMP, INKSCAPE and CAD, what are all of these ? First off GIMP or GNU Image Manipulation Program is a free open source raster graphics editor. Gimp works on all computer platforms, GNU/linux, Apple and Windows. It’s free to use, share and change its source code with others. Be it your a graphic designer, photographer, Illustrator or can’t afford premium software.GIMP provides all the tools for imagery manipulation. This will do what individuals need for raster imagery. GIMP isn’t a replacement for powerful software like Adobe Photoshop or Coreldraw. What is Inkscape ? Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics illustrator software. It’s uses are editing or creating vector graphics illustrations, logos, charts, diagrams and much more. The primary vector file for Inkscape is Scaleable Vector Graphic or SVG. Many other formats are available for importing or exporting. It’s capabilities are closely to those of its…

Inkscape, CAD Software and CNC

What is Inkscape ? Inkscape, CAD Software and CNC is our topic today. Inkscape is a free and open source vector graphics illustrator software. It’s uses are editing or creating vector graphics illustrations, logos, charts, diagrams and much more. The primary vector file for Inkscape is Scaleable Vector Graphic or SVG. Many other formats are available for importing or exporting. It’s capabilities are closely to those of its paid counterparts, Adobe Illustrator, Coreldraw, Freehand, or Xara X. This article isn’t a step by step tutorial of Inkscape but rather how it helps in the world of CNC. Inkscapes ability to export several different vector formats is what caught my eye. The cross compatibility Inkscape has makes it ideal for the use in the CNC world. The fact that it’s free makes it the perfect choice for smaller shops starting out. Inkscapes located here for download. Inkscape, CAD Software and CNC What…

Vcarve Pro CNC Mailbox Tutorial

United States Postal Service History Vcarve Pro CNC Mailbox Tutorial is our topic today. Lets take and discuss the history of our U.S. Postal Service History. The US mail history goes back to 1775 to the Second Continental Congress. At this time Benjamin Franklin was appointed the first Postmaster General. A Post Office department was established in 1792 by Franklin himself. Later this office is raised to a cabinet level department in 1872. Then in 1971 our postal service became the USPS, an agency of the US Government. Vcarve Pro CNC Mailbox Tutorial In Vcarve Pro CNC Mailbox Tutorial I’ll show you the steps necessary to fabricate your own mailbox. Materials are what’s already on hand but a cut list and instructions are provided here. The design isn’t our shop’s but it’s the one chosen for this example. Pine is the mailboxes material and composite for the roof. An engraving is…

Farmers Markets, Flea Markets, State Fairs

Farmers Markets, Flea Markets, State Fairs Farmers Markets, Flea Markets, State Fairs are our topic today. What are these ? Why utilize them? How will they help me ? Should I consider selling at them ? What’s the out of pocket expense ? What tools or items do I need ? These were all questions that I pondered when considering selling locally. Lets look at each of these more closer. Farmers Markets A Market place in a Town or City that has physical vendors selling retail items to the general public. The Farmers Markets will have booths, tables and or stands. The cost to set up isn’t much to display your wares. These stands sell fruits & vegetables, meats, baked goods, crafts, plants, much more. The size of the market place will vary by location. Flea Markets A Market place in a Town or City that has physical vendors selling…

Fabricating CNC Router Vacuum Table

What’s a Vacuum Table ? Fabricating CNC Router Vacuum Table is our topic today. Just what is a vacuum table anyways? What purpose does it serve and how will it make my life easier ? A vacuum table is a device that sits atop of cnc machines and holds down materials thru suction. This gets the equipment to cut, mill or engrave materials without the moving or slipping of the material itself. Time’s not wasted securing material down, the vacuum table has done it for you. Fabricating CNC Router Vacuum Table Fabricating CNC Router Vacuum Table starts with its dimensions. For this example I’m going to do a small vacuum tabletop powered by a Shop Vac. It’s for a special niche project that I do here in my own shop. A client has me fabricate stencils for them. These have proven difficult to secure down to my spoiler board. Taping, stapling and…

Vcarve Pro Lake Contour Map Tutorial

What Are Contour Maps ? Vcarve Pro Lake Contour Map Tutorial is our topic today. Just what is a contour map ? What purpose do contour maps serve ? Why engrave them ? A contour maps serves many purposes. It shows elevations above and below sea level by means of contour lines. These maps show specific features present above ground or below the water. Our shop engraves these maps for individuals looking for niche art in their camps or cottages. CNC engraved contour maps add a focal point in any residence. Vcarve Pro Lake Contour Map Tutorial In our Vcarve Pro Lake Contour Map Tutorial I’ll walk you through the steps to create your own engraved contour map. I’ll show you how to convert a map to a readable vector image file. To then take it and load it into Vcarve Pro CAD software to create tool paths. The maps are scaled…

Vcarve Pro Cribbage Board Design & Layout

Cribbage History Vcarve Pro Cribbage Board Design & Layout is our topic today. First let’s start with the history of cribbage. The game of cribbage came about in the early 17th century. An english poet by the name of Sir John Suckling created cribbage. He developed it by deviating from another game known as Noddy. Noddy is small cribbage without the crib. Scored to 15, 21, 31 and determined by the players. The game of Noddy has since disappeared but cribbage has certainly survived over the centuries. It’s a 2 player game but up to 4 with the correct game board. A more in depth article on the history of cribbage is located here. Vcarve Pro Cribbage Board Design & Layout In our tutorial Vcarve Pro Cribbage Board Design & Layout I’ll show you how to create custom boards in your own shop. You’ll also learn how to add designs and personalize each one…

Vcarve Pro Camp Sign Tutorial

Camp Signage Vcarve Pro Camp Sign Tutorial is our topic today. What is a camp sign ? What uses does it have ? Why would we mill them ? With all things signs give clear explanation to a person, place or thing. Street signs provide locations, directions and warnings. A camp sign can be basic or elaborate. It signifies a specific location and person when milled with those specifics. Individuals with a remote location utilize camp signage for others to find them more easily. Vcarve Pro Camp Sign Tutorial In Vcarve Pro Camp Sign Tutorial I’ll take you through the steps to build a 2.0 dimensional or 2.5 D sign. This lesson can be applied to anyone with a cnc router or spindle. The tutorial will work for smaller cnc machines, just make the correct size adjustments for your spoiler board. I’ll show you the correct way to put in an…

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