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Project by dgreen50 posted 05-25-2018 03:05 PM 1747 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This “Paradise” box was a pattern cut on a CNC machine. This was a fun project to learn about using a CNC in various modes – ie. cutting out parts and decorating parts and choosing the correct bits to use.
I also wanted to use two different woods for the project that would complement each other. Ash was used for the top, bottom, front and back. Granadillo was used for the sides. A mahogany stain was used on the ash to bring out the detail in the carvings. A clear finish of lacquer was applied to the entire box.

I should point out that cutting out ONE box on a CNC (less the decorative flourish part) is not any faster that cutting a box out on a table saw. In fact, it takes a lot more time if you count the set up and design on the computer. However, his type of work comes into its own on the CNC if you need to make multiple boxes or parts as you can cut out 15 boxes in a lot less time once the set up is done. Also there is no way you can do the decorative part by hand as fast as the machine can.

I love making hand made boxes but the CNC has allowed me to expand how the boxes are embellished. This machine is just another tool to help create a unique project.

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#1 posted 05-25-2018 04:50 PM

This is a beautiful box and the CNC does a wonderful job.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-25-2018 08:26 PM

I’d be very interested to know what cutters you used on the decorative routing.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#3 posted 05-25-2018 09:44 PM

Matt the decorative pattern is cut with 1/2” 60 degree v-bit. The parts were cut out with a .250 down cut end mill. All stock was 3/4 inches thick.

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#4 posted 05-25-2018 10:53 PM

Darn, as a scroller, I hate to admit it, but that is beautiful!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#5 posted 05-26-2018 01:16 AM

WOW, amazing piece of work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#6 posted 05-26-2018 02:12 AM

Beautiful box, I really like the contrast.

Darn, as a scroller, I hate to admit it, but that is beautiful!

- PaulDoug

Don’t worry, your stuff looks like it was done on a CNC machine.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 05-26-2018 02:50 AM

That is truly a beautiful work of art!

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#8 posted 05-26-2018 03:09 AM

What can you say.

Great use of contrasting woods.

Awesome colorant to highlight the work the CNC did.

Very appealing pattern.

Obviously well executed.

Winner winner chickun dinner, nice box. Congrats on your 3.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 05-26-2018 03:59 AM

That’s a really decent embellishment, adds depth!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 05-26-2018 05:15 PM

dGreen, the pattern is so lovely and the stain is so effective that it would be easy to overlook the box. I like the construction. The wood choices are great. The finish looks flawless. Nice work.

Some questions: How are the front panels fastened to the ends…Dowels? Is the bottom daddoed into the sides? Since the carving is done so efficiently, why not carve the inside of the lid too?

Despite the modern methods and design, the carvings retain their medieval look. Nice job of taming the wild CNC to do woodworking. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 05-26-2018 05:36 PM

Boxguy (Big Al) The sides and bottom to this box are actually dadoed into the sides with a 3/16 ” dado. This dado was cut with the CNC and squared on the ends with a chisel. Since the dado was cut with the CNC and the sides cutout with a CNC, there was a perfect match which required little sanding. Glue in the dado holds the box together. Thx for the comment

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#12 posted 05-26-2018 08:28 PM

dGreen, Got it for the sides, bully for you. Is the bottom dadoed into the ends, the sides or both? Sorry for the added question, I am just fascinated by the CNC concept. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#13 posted 05-26-2018 09:34 PM

Bottom is dadoed to sides and butts up against the from and back (no dado there). The butt joint (bottom to the front and back) was glued. Because of the tolerances with the cutouts on the machine everything fit nicely together without any gaps. The only down side to this arrange is the bottom of the box is .75 inches thick which makes the box quite heavy and substantial. If I do another one I may try to adjust the size and thickness of the bottom (to 1/4’ thickness) to use a grove in the front and back for a 1/4 groove or dado all the way around.

Hope this helps

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#14 posted 05-27-2018 12:08 AM

Your box looks like it was carved buy a master craftsmen hundreds of years ago. Your skill with the computer and the CNC machine may be the future of woodworking, which may be much safer too. As for me, I count my fingers when the saw stops spinning and can’t remember my computer password. Congratulations and keep inspiring….

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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