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Project by mikeacg posted 05-25-2020 01:52 PM 421 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As long as I am posting boxes, here is a set of oval boxes I made while learning how to model 3D. Mostly pine, I did these using 1×8s, with the top and bottom side by side. I put 2 registration pins in the space between them. I would cut one set then just flip the boards left to right and cut the same files again. Viola! 2 perfectly registered boxes. I would spend my afternoons and evenings coming up with new ideas for objects to model and every morning I would go out to the shop and make sawdust. Eventually I got sick of the same shaped boxes and moved on to the food box series.

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





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#1 posted 05-25-2020 02:11 PM

They are impressive…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#2 posted 05-25-2020 03:30 PM

Those are cool, Mike. Youve got all my “spirit” animals there, snake, deer, humming bird.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: The Big Bang: Nothing - exploded into Everything. Thanks to Nothing.

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#3 posted 05-25-2020 03:31 PM

Nice work, Mike. You are handling that CNC well! What is the biggest piece you can cut on it?

Cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 05-25-2020 03:58 PM

Thanks Alex and Brian! I just carve what I like…
Jim – The biggest machine is 4’ x 4’ x 6” and the smallest one is 6” x 8” x 2 3/8”. This is all pretty old stuff. I’d like to think I have improved since then!

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

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#5 posted 05-25-2020 04:30 PM

Very cool Mike

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#6 posted 05-25-2020 08:14 PM

Very impresive carvings!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 05-25-2020 11:25 PM



Those are cool, Mike. Youve got all my “spirit” animals there, snake, deer, humming bird.
- wildwoodbybrianjohns

But NO duck!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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mikeacg

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#8 posted 05-26-2020 10:22 AM

Thank you Tom and Ivan!
Alex – I carve what I like! Ha ha ha! Actually I’m kind of surprised that I don’t have any ducks. At the very least a wood duck! I must be slipping…

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

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#9 posted 05-26-2020 12:44 PM

This oval box is beautiful and the carving is done very nicely.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#10 posted 05-26-2020 02:00 PM

Awesome Mike. Those are pretty great for “practice”!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#11 posted 05-26-2020 03:23 PM

Very fun. What software are you using to create the 3D models? I’ve used the 3D clip art that comes with Vcarve just to see how it works but it looks like you have to use more expensive software to create the 3D models themselves. I’ve read that it can be done with blender but the learning curve is pretty steep?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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mikeacg

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#12 posted 05-26-2020 08:41 PM

Charles and Kenny – Thanks guys! You know I love to play and call it work…

Nathan – I use Aspire to generate G-code for my machines but I play with a number of 3D graphic programs. Blender is amazing and FREE but yes, the steep learning curve is a turnoff to a lot of folks. My suggestion is to buy a $30 book on using Blender and get crazy. Rigging models (you can repose them for your needs), animation, and a bunch of other unbelievable tricks make it well worth the trouble!
I use SketchUp (also available FREE) for a lot of 3D rotary objects and I spent some money on Zbrush Core (which is a step-up from their Freebie Sculptris – Not sure if this is currently availble). Core doesn’t have a lot of the rendering features but is amazing for 3D sculpting (greyscale and perfect for importing into any of the Vectric software.).

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

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