Dash is our Australian Shepherd. He’s 3 1/5 years old but has been with us only since last February when we re-homed him.
To commemorate Dash’s first Christmas with us I made a plaque with his image on it. (OK, it’s an image of an Ozzie that I found on the interwebs). Here are some photos of the project as it progressed.
I started by importing the image into Carbide Create and designing the toolpaths for my CNC machine. I made 2 toolpaths for the head, first a pocket cut with a 1/8 in endmill followed by a contour cut with a 1.4 mm endmill. The groove around was made with a contour cut with a 1/8 in endmill. The letters were made with a 90 degree V-bit.
After sanding, I applied a coat of shellac to seal the wood to prevent bleed-through during the next stage.
I mixed up some clear epoxy and added some black acrylic paint then applied it liberally to the carving, making sure to fill all the spaces as seen above.
When the epoxy had set for 72 hours, I put the work on the sander to remove the excess epoxy and the shellac. Once back to bare wood, I sanded the remaining epoxy with 400, 800 and 1500 grit sandpaper to bring back the smoothness.
I cut a keyhole on the back with my table router and added my logo (not shown) with my CNC machine. I finished it up with a couple coats of polyurethane on the front and one on the back.
A while ago, I picked up some bamboo cutting boards when they were on sale at Canadian Tire. My son Joe’s birthday was coming up so I wanted to carve something personal on it for him.
Joe has become quite a good cook of turkey using his back yard deep fryer, so I came up with the following design.
The board was carved with a 120 Degree V-bit on my Genmitsu 3018 PROVer. The piece is approximately 12″ x 18″ and is by far the biggest item I have carved. The grooves were pre-cut, the only area I carved is the center and that used most of the 3018’s available workspace.
The board was finished with a mineral oil / beeswax paste that is food-safe.
I had good luck with an image of a Buck’s head on a previous project, so I decided to carve myself a cutting board with that image.
I used the same 120 Degree V-bit and finished it with the food-safe paste mentioned above. I was so happy with how this one turned out that I cut 3 more of these, one for each of the guys in our hunting party with their surnames on them. I gave them as early Christmas gifts.