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Blog series by Tooch updated 06-01-2018 12:41 PM 6 parts 9035 reads 32 comments total

Part 1: Honey-do sign test #1

11-05-2017 02:40 PM by Tooch | 5 comments »

Last year I purchased a CNC machine for our school, but didn’t really get passed some basic stuff with the stock files that came with it. I recently decided that I wanted the kids to get more exposure with it, but I first had to teach myself. I gotta tell ya, some people think creating things with a CNC machine is easy, but that is certainly not the case. I’m finding that it is a different kind of “hard”, with lots of time being spent setting up the files, creating ...

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Part 2: Fixing and editing tool paths

11-16-2017 08:15 PM by Tooch | 1 comment »

My last entry was about the trials of setting up and running my first big project on a CNC machine. Since then, I’ve been able to get back at it and make some of the necessary changes. First thing to acknowledge is that this was my first time extracting vectors from an image (my wife’s logo). When I first did that, I should have checked the vector for any imperfections, but I skipped that step and went straight to the toolpath setup. Heres a look at what the program interface lo...

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Part 3: Designing a mancala board

12-19-2017 11:07 AM by Tooch | 12 comments »

I was recently introduced to the game “Mancala”, and thought the board would be something fun to try and produce. About 2 weeks after that I was reading an article about making simple board games (including Mancala) using templates on the router table and thought, this looks like something I could even do on the CNC. I began with trying to create the basic plan based on other dimensions that I had seen online. It calls for 12 smaller, normally circular, pockets, and 2 larger p...

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Part 4: Sorry my last post got hijacked

12-20-2017 03:49 AM by Tooch | 3 comments »

So I wanted to make sure that I got back to those who commented on my last post but it apparently was hijacked by some Arabic language that I don’t know how to reply too. Randy I saw on a post of yours earlier that you were getting into pyrography.. can’t wait to see what you’re getting into. Dave I’m trying to get a handle.on this new technique. Every day is something new. DS thanks for the tip. I’m gonna try that the next time I run a file like this ...

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Part 5: Making a "Wine" box

05-25-2018 07:13 PM by Tooch | 6 comments »

So I am currently in the process of making several wine boxes for upcoming weddings. These have been a staple of mine for the last few years, but I never explained how it all works. So here it goes! I start with a solid piece of wood, and square it up to the appropriate dimensions (usually 5-3/8” wide by 44” long). I lay out and make all my cuts, being careful to alternate between sides and ends so that the grain will wrap around the corners giving a “waterfall”...

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Part 6: Wine Box pt. 2

06-01-2018 12:41 PM by Tooch | 5 comments »

My last post went through the CNC & engraving aspects of building a wine box prior to glue-up. Although this post doesn’t deal much with CNC, I figured it’d be best placed in line with the last post. So anyways, here are the more traditional woodworking steps included in my wine box construction. I start by setting up the TS and Spline Sled to cut grooves into the corners of the box. I was going to attach a link to the project page that I posted my spline sled, but jus...

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