Mayan Haab'

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Project by Arbo posted 12-01-2010 04:58 AM 6857 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Having done the Aztec calendar, I wanted to do a Mayan one. But the Mayan calendar is kind of a complex thing. It wouldn’t be possible to do the whole calendar round, as it would be massive. So I selected a ‘round’ that was sort of their ‘month’ calendar.

I had to find a picture, then loaded it in CAD. Then traced it best I could to make a dxf file. Then used that file in another program to generate the gcode to create a vcarving of my dxf.

Cut this in some scrap pine that was sitting around. Once cut, I soaked it in a dark stain, and quickly wiped the surface so the cut parts would get darker than the surface.

This one is 11” diameter.

-- Paul,

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 05:14 AM

Cool…I got 2 of these for 30 bucks in Cancun, handcarved by the locals. The guy selling them said they were pau ferro but they were some kind of soft wood so he dropped the price once he realized
I knew. They are nice carvings and so is yours.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 05:19 AM

Nice treatment on the stain. The calendar looks good.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 05:38 AM

I have a rather large Mexican blanket I got in Cancun on my first anniversary trip with LOML… It has most of the Mayan calendar on it. I have a couple of shot glasses with this image on it as well… They REALLY push those things down there…

I wonder what they are going to try to sell after December 2012?

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 05:43 AM

Thanks guys.

Maybe after 2012, scientists will have to ‘figure out’ they were wrong and the calendar actually goes on a bit longer. ;)

-- Paul,

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 06:06 AM

wow this is great the best ive seen.

-- Life is like a box of burls...

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 08:41 AM

Very well done, quite interesting and unique.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 10:38 AM

Nice one!!

After the galactic alignment, the cycle starts over, just like all cycles…. If it does go poof, everything turns to anit-matter, you will be walking around inside out, or up side down, which ever form anti-matter takes ;-)) inside the black hole or on the other did of the opening, as teh case may be??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 02:56 PM

Awesome work Paul! How long did it take you to make this?

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 03:56 PM

Thanks everyone.

Dan, I spent a little bit of time over the span of a week doing the outlining, when I had a free moment, maybe a total of 4 hours or so. About an hour to set up and generate the code, and I think just over an hour to carve out.

-- Paul,

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 11:20 PM

Arbo, very nice and interesting project.

-- Life is good.

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#11 posted 04-08-2011 11:00 PM

Arbo, that’s a really nice Mayan haab calendar you’ve done!

Would you be able to supply the dxf file for it? I’d really like to do one however the file on seems to be corrupt?

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 01:01 AM

I am out of town right now, but remind me monday when I am home and I’ll dig it out.

-- Paul,

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#13 posted 04-12-2011 12:04 PM

Hi Arbo, could you please dig out the Mayan Haab for me?

My cnc is just about finished. I’ve got a local cnc user coming around on Thursday night to finish the limit wiring and configure Mach 3 for me and then I’ll be up and running :)

This weekend I’ll have some chips flying :)

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#14 posted 04-12-2011 02:53 PM

I just downloaded the file to check it and it opened up fine for me in autocad 2004 and Rhino. What program are you using?

-- Paul,

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#15 posted 04-13-2011 12:37 AM

Hi, I’m using Aspire Trial and I’ll clarify what the issue is.

The top dxf file supplied by you opens fine however if I try to create a VCarve toolpath I get the message that there are 8 open vectors which causes the Mayan Haab to only be partially carved. As a newbie I don’t know yet how to fix multiple open vectors.

The next files is listed as “A version fixed up in VCarve pro by C1” due to the open vectors. However it has no extension to the file and I’ve renamed it to dxf and it doesn’t open.

So I don’t currently have a usable file.

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