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Black Walnut Wall Art Carving

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Project by Roger Gaborski posted 05-22-2020 10:10 PM 541 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Black walnut wood carving. Designed in Blender software, converted to G code using Vectric Aspire and cut on a ShopSabre CNC machine.

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com





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#1 posted 05-22-2020 11:59 PM

Very effective Roger, I would like to do something like that using laminated plywood and power tools. Stay tuned.
Cheers.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 05-23-2020 12:12 AM

A work of art, Roger. Nice going!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 05-23-2020 12:14 AM

Jim, thanks. I’m glad you like it.

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#4 posted 05-23-2020 12:16 AM

Bob,
Previously I posted two wall art pieces using plywood. The plywood creates an interesting effect. Lots of opportunity to do interesting work. Good luck with your project
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#5 posted 05-23-2020 02:02 AM

pretty damn cool looking,looks like a crumpled up piece of paper made from one of fav woods.nice work roger.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 05-23-2020 02:09 AM

It has a nice soft look to it. I like it.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 05-23-2020 03:08 AM

Love it. It no longer looks like wood, rather a textile of some type, Leather maybe.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#8 posted 05-23-2020 12:06 PM

Amazing work of art Roger great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 05-23-2020 12:19 PM

Very nice Roger! I’m impressed by what Blender is able to do and you can’t beat the price!
Approx. size and thickness? I sure do like the look of walnut!!!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#10 posted 05-23-2020 12:55 PM

Roger, Very nice piece. So glad to see you are back in the shop. Hopefully by September things will be safe enough to get back to the CNC meetings.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#11 posted 05-23-2020 01:18 PM

Mike,
I did all of the design in Blender. Blender is a great program with a good online community. But, I did find that Blender has a steep learning curve. Once I created the STL file I used Vectric’s Aspire program to create the code for the CNC. And as you probably know, Aspire is not free, but worth it if you like doing this kind of work.

The size is about 10” x 10” x 1”.

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#12 posted 05-23-2020 01:21 PM

Jim,
It’s nice to be back in the shop, especially considering the situation we all find ourselves in. And I happy to say I’m fully recovered from the bypass surgery.
I’ll be posting a few more projects in the coming days.
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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#13 posted 05-23-2020 04:05 PM

Roger,

The Blender learning curve is crazy! I stepped away from it for about a year and when I tried to use it again it was like starting over again. I used it to rig characters which was real handy for making one little penguin look like a bunch of different penguins.
I actually used SketchUp for the eccentric honey dipper but I do see some faceting.
When I picked up my 2nd CNC machine at the factory they were talking about this wonderful new program coming out called Aspire. Back then it was probably $400 but I knew I had to have it. I handed them my credit card and 2 weeks later I got a box in the mail. I haven’t looked back!

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#14 posted 05-23-2020 06:03 PM

Nice work. Did you need to sand after machining it?

-- Im so impressed with what people can do, and I wonder how they do it. Thats what keeps me doing it.

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Roger Gaborski

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#15 posted 05-23-2020 08:01 PM

Bill,
I took three passes on the CNC machine. First pass was a roughing cut using a 1/4” end mill. The second pass was a 1/4” ball nose and the final cut was a 1/8” ball nose to cut the regions that were too narrow for the 1/4” ball nose. The total machining time was about 5 hours. In addition, it was fairly time consuming to determine the cutting path for the 1/8” ball nose, but I saved a few hours of machining time by not machining the whole carving with the 1/8” ball nose.
Next, I used hand tools to carve the finer details, than sanded the whole carving, starting with 100 grit and working up to 240 grit. Finished with rub on poly.
If anything isn’t clear, just ask.
Roger

-- Roger Gaborski, http://www.rogergaborski.com

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