Intarsia Elephant made on my cnc

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This is an Elephant (Intarsia Art style) made on my cnc. It has 97 individual parts. The “wing span” of the ears is 32 inches. The elephant is made of Gum Wood and the frame and background is Ash. Gary M was kind enough to help me and gave me some great tutoring. It took me about 20 hours to build. No finish was applied. It is a crowd pleaser.

Thanks for looking,

-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#1 posted 05-25-2013 01:54 PM

That’s a big elephant and a nice piece of work. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-25-2013 03:10 PM

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#3 posted 05-25-2013 03:17 PM

That turned out very nice, great choice of woods.

-- Intarsia92

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#4 posted 05-25-2013 03:37 PM

I love gum…it can be so beautiful. That is a really awesome design!

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#5 posted 05-25-2013 03:48 PM

Nicely done. I like the various greys that you have gotten with the Gum Wood.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 05-26-2013 01:57 PM

Beautiful work. You did a great job selecting an orienting the wood for the ears. The grain pattern looks great.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 05-27-2013 03:32 AM

Excellent project. What kind of offset did you use between pieces that fit together? What types of cutters did you use? Did you do your own vector drawing? Thanks in advance from another CNC dude.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#8 posted 05-27-2013 01:07 PM

CNC Dude,

I use Vectric Aspire software. The roughing cut was done with a .25 end mill. The finish cut was done with a .25 ball nose. The profile was done with a .25 end mill. The Trace Bitmap function was used to covert the drawings to vectors…I used mostly draw polyline rather than mess with all the node points. As far as offset I just put it together like a puzzle using judgement and the original picture to place the individual puzzle pieces.


-- Mazzy, San Francisco Bay Area,

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#9 posted 05-27-2013 07:44 PM


-- Ride hard or go home~

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#10 posted 05-29-2013 04:05 PM

Cool creation! Great design, the elephant looks like coming out of the frame. The timbers have great colors and patterns. Impressive work on it.

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