Joe & Kelli anniversary

Yesterday was Joe & Kelli’s 13th anniversary. I carved this from a piece of maple on my 3018 PROVer and finished it with teak/tung oil.

Joe & Kelli Strong

There’s also a couple of smaller blocks with the kids names and birthdates, but I can’t find a photo right now.

Happy anniversary you two!

New widget

A minor upgrade to the website tonight with the addition of a couple of widgets from Tradingview.com. First up is this ticker.

I have always displayed charts on my website for Gold, Silver and CAD/USD using widgets from Kitco. However this new widget lets me display a lot more info and the data updates live (the old Kitco widgets had to be refreshed).

The ticker will display Canadian$ / US$, Gold, Silver, Bitcoin, Etherium, Crude Oil and whatever other commodities I decide to add.

In addition, I added a graph further down the page to show trend lines for CAD/USD, USD/CAD and CAD/GBP. You can click to select the currency and the scale. I hope my visitors will find these new widgets useful.

Projects: 10, Caley & Tommy

A couple of projects I’m just finishing up.

The first is a wedding gift requested by my son Steve for his friends. This was carved using a 60 Degree V-bit on soft maple and then sealed with 4 coats of teak/tung oil.

The graphics of the celtic knots on the corners and the wedding rings were just images downloaded from the interwebs and traced into my CAD software.

The 2nd is a house number sign I made for a friend. This one was a pocket cut with a 1/8 inch endmill in soft maple. I sealed the wood with shellac then painted the numbers and border with acrylic paint. The shellac was applied only to seal the wood to prevent any bleeding of the paint so I sanded it off to get back to the bare wood. Five coats of semi-gloss polyurethane finished it off.

Both projects are approximately 300mm x 165 mm. Both were designed in Carbide Create and carved on my Genmitsu 3018 PROVer.

Sherry Jones – Golfi Team

Our daughter Sherry has joined the Rob Golfi team at Remax Escarpment Golfi Realty as a Sales Representative in Niagara. Link.

Sherry Jones, Remax

Sherry recently completed all her courses and exams through Humber College and is now registered with the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).

Congratulations Sherry on all your hard work that has gotten you this far. Good luck with your new career!

First CNC projects

When I got my CNC machine back in March, I was looking for ideas for projects. Well, it just happens that in late March we have three birthdays in the family: my grandson Lincon, my daughter Sherry and step grand-daughter Zoe.

I decided that this was a great opportunity to make them each something unique and personal. With Lincon being a big Toronto Maple Leafs fan, it seemed logical to design something with the Leafs logo.

Carving Lincon’s design
Finished and sanded

I wanted to make something for my daughter Sherry who was studying for her real estate license. I had some nice pieces of poplar for this project.

Sherry’s design carved

I found out that Zoe was a bit of a Led Zeppelin fan, so I grabbed some graphics off the interwebs and came up with this design, carved on another piece of poplar.

Zoe’s design

All three projects were to be filled with epoxy. But first they had to be sealed with a coat of shellac to prevent the colours in the epoxy from bleeding into the wood.

Sealed and ready for Epoxy

Here’s a look at look at Linc’s project with the blue epoxy poured.

Epoxy applied

Once the epoxy is hardened, the piece gets sanded down which leaves a nice smooth surface. I start with fairly course sanding on the power sander, then progress to finer and finer grades hand sanding over the epoxied areas with up to 2,000 grit.

Sherry’s project completed
Zoe’s project completed
Lincon’s project completed

I cut a keyhole in the back of Sherry and Zoe’s projects so they could be hung on a wall. I made a stand for Linc’s so he could stand it up.

They all got a couple coats of varnish to add a nice finish.