Anniversary Plaque

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Project by marksalot2005 posted 07-23-2015 01:11 PM 1515 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was a true test for me. I was asked by a friend at the last minute. If I could make her a plaque for their 5h Wedding Anniversary. The problem was the anniversary was the next day. So my test was on. Select the oak board to use. Cut it into 3 pieces 14” long. Rough Rip cut to width. Rough plane it down to minimum cleanup smooth. Re-ripped it for gluing. Flip and match grain for gluing. Grab some clamps, Titebond 3, Spread the glue, clamp it up. As I gave it one hour to dry. Fired up my computer and started Procut 8 software. Did the layout and produced the cut files. Downloaded it to memory stick. Back out to the garage. Fired up the laptop that runs the CNC Shark HD3. Loaded the files. Back to the wood, released the clamps. Planed down both sides to final thickness. Clamped it down to table on CNC Shark. 25 minutes to machine with 3 router bit changes. With the quick change router bit Muscle chuck. and The CNC Shark Touch Plate for setting Z axis after changing bits. Makes changing a bit less than one minute and your back to running. Once machining complete. Unclamped the wood. Used a flat saw to remove Tabs from machining. Sanded all over smooth. Wiped down and hand rubbed on the stain, 3 coats. Off to bed. The next morning I delivered it to her. It was worth every second of rushing the night before. When her eyes filled with tears seeing her plaque. Life is too short not to spend it smiling. What better gifts can a friend give to another. But a true reason to smile.

Side note: The Muscle Chuck for quick change of router bits. Guys and Gals if you do use your routers in Router Tables or CNC machines. This is a true advancement for us. Just a turn of a screw with a T- Hex wrench and your bits are tight or loose and ready to remove. You no longer have to push the button to hold the router spindle locked. Even in hand held router applications. Forget the large wrenches and busting you hands. This is your cure.

-- Mark, Katy, Texas, Did they give Noah a hardtime about the wood boat in his driveway

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#1 posted 07-23-2015 06:48 PM

Nice work Mark!

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 02:51 AM

wonderful sentiment…and nice carving too!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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