Warrior CNC carving

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Project by LegoJack posted 03-01-2020 02:43 AM 1010 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A model I got for a few bucks on ebay a while ago I finally found time to carve. After carving I applied 2 coats of shellac, then covered it in brown oil paint and wiped the excess off with a mineral spirits soaked ragged. The paint gives it a lot more depth than simply leaving it plain would have.

I’m really happy with how it worked out. I’m especially impressed with the level of detail I got out of a 1/8” ball nose bit on the finishing path, I had considered using a tapered ball nose with a 0.5mm tip, but wanted to try something larger to save time and energy.

I’ve been tracking time as I work on projects lately to help myself better track the machine time and labor that goes into some of this stuff for when I try to sell my work. Not sure why I felt compelled to include it but someone might find it useful:

Prep time:
  1. Surfacing boards: 00:15:20
  2. glue up: 00:05:00
  3. Machine setup: 00:05:00

Carve time:

  1. 1/4” roughing bit: 00:52:27
  2. 1/8” ball nose finishing: 09:21:41
  3. 1/8 profile pass: 00:05:20


  1. cut out: 00:10:45
  2. cleaning edges: 00:05:25
  3. Applying shellac(2 coats, not counting wait time): 00:03:22
  4. paint/wiping: 00:48:50

Total time: 11:53:10

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#1 posted 03-01-2020 03:15 AM

Wow, that is awesome.

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#2 posted 03-01-2020 01:12 PM

Nice project. What would it cost to be able to sell it? From just your machine “time @ $50 per hour = $450” in addition to the other time/cost best of luck.
At least you have a beautiful keepsake…

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#3 posted 03-01-2020 02:57 PM

Thanks for the time info, I was going to ask 8^)

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#4 posted 03-01-2020 06:25 PM

Do I read that right? 10+ hours of carving time?

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#5 posted 03-01-2020 06:56 PM

That’s the time it took for this one, Phil.

Part of the reason is I only used a 1/8” ball nose bit to do the finishing pass on the carve and was somewhat cautious with my feedrate because this was the first carving I’ve done of this size on my CNC. If I were to sell these I’d do two finishing passes, the first with a 1/4” or even 1/2” ball nose bit to quickly get through most of the process, then do the second finishing pass going over ONLY the areas that had fine details.

I could most likely drastically reduce the carve time significantly that way.

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#6 posted 03-02-2020 12:46 PM

Interested in your paint technique. After shellac, did you allow paint to dry then wipe? Wipe off immediately? Water or oil based paint? What did you use to seal project after painting?

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#7 posted 03-03-2020 03:56 AM

I like it. Thanks for the data, but mostly for sharing this guy, and his cub with us.

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#8 posted 03-08-2020 12:08 AM


I used oil paint. I would put a thin layer on and generally only give it 2-3 minutes to dry before wiping it off with an old t-shirt with a small amount of mineral spirits on it(I just wanted to wipe away the paint, not leave any on the piece). It took a while to be satisfied with the look, at which point I let it dry overnight before applying a final lacquer finish

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#9 posted 03-08-2020 01:39 PM

Appreciate the info, thanks. Got to try it…

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