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Project by loupitou06 posted 08-15-2020 12:36 AM 845 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi fellow Jocks,

I build a CNC router on the outfeed table of my table saw a few years ago and always wanted to try my hands at carving (sort of speak since it’s the spindle doing the work)

For a long time I got stuck because I didn’t want to invest in the expensive software like VCarve.

As it turns out, with Fusion 360 (free for hobbyists) and a bit of learning, you can take most of existing stl files from sites like Thingiverse and stlfinder and carve beautiful designs in wood.

All these carvings can be done with one or 2 bits (roughing and finishing)

The lion head took 3 hrs (1 hr roughing and 2hr for the ballnose 2mm endmill final pass), the cross took about half that. They required very minimal sanding afterward – the lion is pretty much straight form the machine and 2 coats of Shellac.

If you guys are interested I can post a blog entry with the method and tools I use.
Fusion 360 is a fantastic piece of software and for the longest time I limited myself to parametric modeling/machining, the ability to process stl files into CAM is opening for me new horizons.

Thanks for watching.

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage





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#1 posted 08-15-2020 02:07 AM

whatever the process,it’s beautiful,period!!!!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 08-15-2020 04:21 AM

That is brilliant loupi...

Unfortunatelly, while software and method is not as staight forward as most may seem, it’s made a tad more difficult if one doesn’t posses a CNC.

Maybe a blog on how you built a CNC would be a better start… not saying it can’t be followed by your current generous offer.

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

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#3 posted 08-15-2020 11:09 AM

I would be interested in the CNC build and method to make these carvings.

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#4 posted 08-15-2020 02:08 PM

Amazing what a “Machine” can produce!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#5 posted 08-15-2020 07:01 PM

Beautiful 3D carvings!!

Jim

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

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#6 posted 08-15-2020 07:34 PM

i guess some think a cnc does everything for you,push a button sit back have a beer and your done.if it were only that simple.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 08-15-2020 11:34 PM



i guess some think a cnc does everything for you,push a button sit back have a beer and your done.if it were only that simple.
- pottz

Yeah, bloody beer cans are hard to open… thats why I drink casked vino.

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

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#8 posted 08-16-2020 03:42 AM


i guess some think a cnc does everything for you,push a button sit back have a beer and your done.if it were only that simple.
- pottz

Yeah, bloody beer cans are hard to open… thats why I drink casked vino.

- LittleBlackDuck


cans? duckie how pedestrian!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 08-16-2020 08:05 AM

Wow this work is incredible!

-- Jolien Brebels, Belgium, www.youtube.com/channel/UChKvIxbaghY4sULzjIvtCtQ?view_as=subscriber

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#10 posted 08-17-2020 04:00 AM

I would be interested in the CNC build and method to make these carvings.

-- Vítek

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#11 posted 08-17-2020 04:03 AM



I would be interested in the CNC build and method to make these carvings.

- Vítězslav Kačor

it’s more than what most think.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 08-18-2020 06:01 PM

Very nice! It would be of interest to know the wood & dimensions. The lion’s head looks like oak. Was there a defect on the right side (observer’s perspective) or did you have a tear-out?

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#13 posted 08-18-2020 06:57 PM

The wood is Laurel Oak from a tree we had to fell to build our house.
I used it to build a patio table so far but have a lot left with various amount of spalting – that’s what you are seeing on the right side of the lion.


Very nice! It would be of interest to know the wood & dimensions. The lion s head looks like oak. Was there a defect on the right side (observer s perspective) or did you have a tear-out?

- Phil32


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#14 posted 08-18-2020 06:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone – I am working on a few blog posts on my CNC build and than I’ll try to explain the process of carving with CNC.

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#15 posted 08-19-2020 05:14 AM

Here is the first part of the CNC series

https://www.lumberjocks.com/loupitou06/blog/131468

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