Torque Workcentre at work.. #12: 3-D carving.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 08-24-2009 10:19 AM 1870 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This weekend just gone we did a little bit of 3-D carving.I think we were a little adventurous and we were only moderately successful. Did not really have the right cutters but over all I think It came out fair to muddling. I made a blank out of plywood glued up.. 400 mm by 400 mm by 70 odd mm thick, and used a sun face for the template.
Spent a lot of the time scarfing out the waste .. would have been better gluing up a pyramid…. you will figure this out from the photos. [ lucky we had a large surfacing bit for the router to clean out the bulk.] i won’t be finishing it as it was just an exercise in what the beast could do. Did ok I think. Less bulk and a different cutter and I think it may have been better?

We had a fun day… video taped the sign making, surfaced a gum slab, and had a go at the 3-D carving and don’t forget the Barbie and a few sherberts afterwards. All in all a good day for all.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 10:34 AM

Hey Larry,
What kind of cutter did you use…....not bad for a first attempt mate….looking good.

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 10:58 AM

do you have a bowl bit? might work well as everything is round and there are no square corners.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 11:03 AM

Moshe I used a core box bit 12 mm [ round nose] and was going to reduce it through 9.5 mm and down to 6.35 mm but I ran out of time and had to remove the setup to make room for the next job on the wee beastie..
Please note that the pin in the copy attachment and the router bit must match,, square or round.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 08-24-2009 11:52 AM

looks like you are having fun ,
kicking the tires on the beastie .

it is an amazing machine ,
and you are the right guy to play with it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 12:44 PM

Did you use David’s face as the model????

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 12:55 PM

wow ellen !

thats how i look when i wake up ,
my hair sticking out in all directions !

but carved in stacked plywood ,
sounds about right .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 02:50 PM

Hi Larry;

Be tough to use as a cutting board!

Nice website.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 03:15 PM

Larry: a great start.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#9 posted 08-24-2009 05:09 PM

I’ve a friend who has the Carvemaster (Sears version of Carvewright. That is computer controlled.
Yours is just as good.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#10 posted 08-24-2009 05:11 PM

Looks like fun Larry

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 08-24-2009 11:02 PM

Where’s the Purple Heart?

Again, You have too much fun.


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#12 posted 08-25-2009 05:13 AM

That’s not a sun face, it’s more like someone been sitting way to long in the inspirational chair with multiple toucans…what a glow….LOL. You keep pushing that wee beastly of yours and we’ll see you on the cover of FWW magazine. Great work Doc. thanks for posting Blkcherry

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#13 posted 08-26-2009 03:14 AM

wow. what a fun machine!

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#14 posted 08-26-2009 09:44 PM

Looks like a pretty good result to me. Please let us see again when you get the right cutters.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 09-01-2009 05:01 PM

Interesting Larry,
I will have to try mine soon. One limitation is that the cutter can not be angled away from vertical (can it?)so that prevents any undercutting so for most relief carving the copy cant be perfect but could be a very good basis for later finishing off with hand carving tools?

-- David Australia

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