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CNC Kitchen Table Finishing

CNC Kitchen Table Finishing CNC Kitchen Table Finishing is our topic today. Now that our projects milled and sanded, what do we do with it ? Do I stain it ? Do I paint it ? Keep it a single color or add multiple colors to it ? What steps can I take to protect my investment? How will we seal it ? Can I leave it natural ? These are all questions we’ll address here shortly. Log Materials Our projects made from softwoods purchased locally. Log furnishings are mostly made from softwoods so we’ll look at finishing techniques best suited for them. Pine, Cedar and spruce are common log furniture materials. They require specific finishing techniques. Cedar and pine both emit saps and oils. Sealing prior to painting or staining prevents bleed through. Look at a quality sanding sealer for this purpose. Sanding wood sealer locks the porous material.…

CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication

Kitchen Table Engraving CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication is our topic today. I’ll discuss the steps required to take this project from materials to finished product. I’ll include an itemized list of all the project costs. The engravings run in steps to not burden the equipment. There’s no reason to push the router, equipments not cheap. The job requires a total of 4 router bits. The spoiler board bit, 90 deg. V-bit (bit of your choice for decorative edge), 60 Deg,V-bit and an end mill for cutout. CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication CNC Kitchen Table Engraving & Fabrication is now ready to start. The designs programmed in CAD, so what’s next ? Let’s start with getting everything prepped so our engraving comes out perfect. When I do larger jobs I always resurface my spoiler board. This assures a smooth flat surface for the material to sit on. The…

CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene

Wildlife Scene Ideas CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene is our topic today. What wildlife scene will best suit me ? Where do I find the imagery ? Do I have the necessary skill set to build a large wildlife scene ? No worries, we’re going to cover it all and more. I’ll take you all step-by-step through the design and layout to putting it all together. CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene For our CNC Kitchen Table Wildlife Scene I’m using animal species that are in my local area. Moose, Bear and whitetail deer are the large game species. The smaller game animals are fox,raccoon, rabbit, beaver,porcupine, and so on. There’s as many ideas as there’s animals, you just need to decide what’s right for you. Sounds easy doesn’t it ? With so much shared today I also try to give back whenever possible. The Little Little Woodshop has created an all…

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…

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…

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