Small Keepsake Box

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Project by Dustygreg posted 07-14-2018 04:51 PM 1084 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My older of two sons is a Double Bassist and teaches as adjunct professor at 2 universities in Topeka Ks. I had a color photo that someone took about a year ago of his playing his bass. I learned that I can take some photos and using software I could remove the background and then render the image as an ink drawing. I found I can import the ink drawing into my CNC software program and have it calculate the tool-paths to carve the image. The process involves first covering the wood to be carved with contact paper and then using a 60 degree v bit have the CNC carve the image. Before removing the contact paper I spray the image using black lacquer and once dry remove the paper. Then I spray clear lacquer to finish off the project. I make allot of these type of boxes that are between 5.5 and 6 inch square and about 1.5 to 1.75 in deep with a black felt bottom. The lids of the boxes have a perimeter edge routed to the lid drops into the box and its easy to lift out and place back in. I use simple miter corners and feel pretty confident that they do not require any splines or other joints. This is part of my effort to utilize what many might regard as scrap wood.

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#1 posted 07-14-2018 04:56 PM

Very creative use of your CNC.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#2 posted 07-14-2018 10:34 PM


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

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#3 posted 07-15-2018 01:22 PM

This is a beautiful box and nicely done. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 07-15-2018 09:35 PM

Great job on the box and wonderful use of the scrap wood

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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