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Wood Working

Bolt Lock Pens

Pictured is a new pen I made today. This one goes to a friend who first discovered the parts were available. What I made was the wood barrel (turned on a mini lathe) and hand finished. Then I assembled the parts. An interesting thing with this pen is the kit maker shows every one of his pens with the bolt handle assembled 180 degrees rotated the wrong way. The bolt handle is pointing up. This reversed position is because it interferes slightly with the pocket clip when in the proper bolt action position that I prefer. My opinion is the clip… Continue reading

Cookie Dough Hand Stamps

This is a set of nine cookie dough stamps I made after seeing a how-to article at the Vectric Software website. I followed the directions almost exactly but I see many interesting ways to modify this project. All of the cut out was handled by CNC files on my HB2 router machine.

How these stamps were made and a look at all the faces visit this WEBSITE.

Brother’s Home

My brother Jim and his wife Patty live in Flat Rock, North Carolina. The rocks may be flat but the land certainly isn’t.

Jim built this house on the side of a mountain as you can see in this Lithophane. It’s almost brand new and in fact, in this picture it is. I thought it would be nice to make him a unique image of his new home. So here it is. It kind of has an old time heirloom look to it.

Mayan Calendar in Corian

I carved this Mayan Calendar in 1/4 inch thick Corian (brand) solid surface material. The diameter of the circle is 7-3/4 inches. The last picture was created within Vectric Aspire V2 to illustrate how the finished carving would look. I will say, no difference.

Tooling was a solid 1/4 inch  60 degree V-bit at 10, 600 RPM, feed was 50 IPM cut with 30 IPM plunge. Minimum Z depth was set to -0.20 inches but it looks like it didn’t get there. The material is 0.250 inches thick.  Cut time was 1 Hour 35 minutes. That’s the carving details for… Continue reading

Gemini Relief Carving

Shown here is a relief carving in a 4″ x 4″ bone color Corian tile that is 1/4″ thick. The subject is the Zodiac twins, Gemini.  The tile was cut with a 1/16″ rotary cutter. One pass would have been sufficient, but I ran a second pass 90 degrees to the first. The second pass did very little except clip a few ridges here and there.

This is the same material I use for Lithophanes. This is not a Lithophane but it can be back lighted for an interesting effect.

I spent some time with Adobe Lightroom to highlight the grain produced by the router tracks. These are not normally seen with the naked eye. The photo enlargement helps bring this detail out.

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