Dash

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.

Dash’s first Christmas (with us)

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.

Dash carved

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.

Dash with epoxy

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.

Dash finished

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.

Cutting boards

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.

Joe’s Gourmet turkey

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.

Buck’s head cutting board

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.

Joe’s Garage

It wasn’t very large

There was just enough room to cram the drums

In the corner over by the Dodge

It was a fifty-four

With a mashed up door

And a cheesy little amp

With a sign on the front said “Fender Champ”

And a second hand guitar

It was a Stratocaster with a whammy bar

No, no! Not that Joe’s Garage!

My youngest son Joe built a garage at his home in Hamilton last year. It was quite a project and it turned out really great.

To help commemorate his accomplishment, I made a sign this June to give to him.

Joe’s Garage

Designed in Carbide Create. Carved in a piece of maple with a 90 degree V-bit on my Genmitsu PROVer-3018.

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!