More cutting boards

My daughter Sherry asked me if I could make a custom cutting board for her to give as a gift to her recent real estate client along with a nice set of knives she had made elsewhere.

I worked out the RE/MAX logo in Carbide Create and carved it onto a solid maple cutting board with her contact info as shown below.

I purchased the cutting boards at The Wood Shed in Smithville, ON. I suppose I could have made them myself, but this was much quicker.

Opposite side with the address engraved.

I have a couple different styles of boards, here is another example.

The boards were finished with a coat of my mineral oil/beeswax mixture which provides a nice food-safe finish.

I hope the new home owners enjoy their cutting boards.

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.

Prince Reno

Strong’s Prince Reno is a horse bred and born in our barn. He is now owned by Kristen, a young lady who is close to our family. So close, we often call her our “second daughter”. I wanted to make a gift for her featuring Reno.

Reno on the run

The above picture was taken for Kristen last fall by Heidi Fast. It would be the base for my carve. I popped this picture into Photoshop and came up with the image below.

Reno photo after editing

Now I had something that I could use with my CNC. I used the trace image feature in Carbide Create to import the image and generate toolpaths.

I carved it into a piece of poplar using 2 toolpaths for the image, first a pocket cut with a 1/8 inch endmill, then a contour cut with a 1 mm endmill. Both these cuts were 1 mm in depth. Lastly, a V-cut was used for the lettering using a 90 degree Vee bit.

Reno plaque and stall name plate

Above is the finished product. I made an 2nd smaller piece with just the V-cut letters which she could use as a stall name plate. I pre-drilled and counter-sunk holes for mounting and included screws and wooden caps. The back of the bigger piece has a keyhole for hanging as well as my logo.

Both pieces were sealed with a layer of polyurethane and then hand painted and sanded smooth to remove any spill-over. An additional 2 coats of polyurethane were applied for the final finish.

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.

Big bucks and does

A couple projects I finished up this week. With deer hunting season over this year, I wanted to create something with that theme in mind.

I found a nice graphic of a buck’s head on the interwebs and imported it into my design software. I had a nice piece of maple on my shelf, about 10-1/2 x 6-1/2 inches and I carved the following design into it.

Buck’s Head on maple

I used a 120 degree V-bit to do the V-carve and it took about an hour to complete. I also carved my logo on the back and added a keyhole so it could be hung on a wall. I sealed the wood with a coat of shellac and after it dried, I applied a coat of black acrylic paint to fill in the carved areas. The next day it was on to the sander where I removed the excess paint and shellac and returned it to bare wood. Three coats of Tung & Teak Oil completed the project.


I had another graphic of a buck and doe that I liked, so I cut it into an 8-1/2 x 11 inch piece of pine. This time I made a simple pocket cut with a 1/8 inch flatnose endmill followed by a finer contour cut with a 1.4 mm endmill. My logo and a keyhole were cut into the back side.

Buck & Doe on pine

Again, the wood was sealed with shellac as a sealant. After it dried I hand painted the cut out area with dark acrylic paints, mostly blacks and greens. Then it went to the sander to remove excess paint and shellac. This piece was finished with three coats of Danish oil as I liked the effect it had on the pine.

Travel Bug

Back in the spring, I made a unique travel bug as a birthday present for my oldest son Stephen. A travel bug is a trackable item that people who geocache pass among themselves and log in and out of geocaches. The Geocaching website records the travels of all registered travel bugs.

I started with a block of maple I had left over from another project. This was going to be a two sided project.

Geocache logo

On one side I used my CNC machine to carve the Geocaching logo and Steve’s geocaching name or “handle”. I hand painted the 4 cells of the geocaching logo, then filled everything with clear epoxy. It took a bit of sanding to get the surface smooth but I got it by working my way down to 1600 grit.

Normally, you buy a travel bug tag and attach it to an item. However, in this case I decided to carve the travel bug number into the block of maple. I had an unused travel bug tag so I carved the travel bug image and that number on one side of the block of wood. The cut out area was filled with black epoxy and sanded smooth.

Travel bug

Another block of wood with a groove cut in it made the perfect stand. Everything was finished with a few layers of polyurethane.

Steve has taken his travel bug to numerous geocaching events though out Ontario and it has been logged many times.

Hoover’s Garage

A young fellow we know has built himself a magnificent new shop is has started working on vehicles.

I thought I would make him a sign for his new garage.

Finished sign
Hoover’s Garage finished

I have some very old redoak flooring that a friend had given me. I cut three of the boards to 300mm length and carved my design into each of them.

Frame

The frame was cut from some 1 x 2 pine. I routered a half inch groove into one the piece and cut it to length to form the 4 sides.

Sign assembly

Everything was fitted together before finishing. Overall size is about 12″ x 12″.

Then a couple of coats of varnish were applied to the oak pieces and the individual letters painted by hand. A dark walnut stain was put on the pine frame and then varnished.

This project was finished a week ago, but I just gave it to him today.

Designed in Carbide Create. Carved on my Genmitsu 3018 PROVer using a 120 degree V-bit.

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.

Beetlebaum and Prince Canaveral

Back in the spring, I made a couple of signs to give to the young lady who purchased two of our horses, Beetlebaum and Prince Canaveral.

I imported photos we had of these horses into Easel software and came up with these designs.

Prince Canaveral design in Easel
Beetle design in Easel

The designs were carved into a couple pieces of wood (poplar I think), then a coat of shellac was applied for a sealant.

Beetle and Prince C carved and sealed

Next, I mixed up some epoxy with black colourant and filled the carvings.

Beetle with epoxy filled

A good sanding cleaned up any spill-over and I then applied three or four coats of varnish. On the back side, I cut a key-hole so they could be hung up and added my logo.

The finished products.