"Do what you love for those who love what you do"


You can find the construction information here in Ramblin' Dan's Workshop.  This is a series of logo v-carvings I made last week as a surprise to my son-in-law.  He is into making home-brew beer and I am into carving things in wood. So this worked out well for both of us. This demonstrates the repeat ability of CNC v-carving.


Bolt Lock Pens

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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 is a minor concern and the pen is not a style a user is likely to clip in a shirt pocket. Many other makers also make this correction.

pen 1 pen 22 pen 23

Here are other pens I made several weeks ago. There is a construction series in my other blog, The Hobbyist Workshop.

These pens are fun to make and there are endless possibilities of materials that can be used. For some people pen making is a full time occupation. Individual pens can sell for $30.00 to hundreds of dollars. Special sets and holders, far more than that.

I plan on making pens for as long as I can. I have two more bolt locks to make right now.


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.

cp 16 cp 20


Frisco Coonskin

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This is the hearld of the Saint Louis and San Franciso Railroad, AKA the FRISCO line. If you have any doubt it is called the coonskin, read this documentation. It is also the name and emblem of the city in Texas where I live.

What I did here was take the business card a fireman from the City of Frisco, Texas gave us after we had our lightning strike (and fire) back in 2009. I put the card in my scanner and turned it into a digital image. From there I put the image into Vectric's Aspire software where I converted the graphic into vector graphics.

One picture was created by the software showing exactly what the logo will look like when it is cut on a CNC router machine. The real parts have not been made but the picture looks very real. The other pictures shows two examples of the final parts and includes the business card from which they were designed.

Of course now the coonskin can be carved in any size my machine can handle.

Masthead Leaf

In case anyone was wondering, the partial leaf visible in the masthead and also in the very tiny icon that you see when bookmarking this site (called a favicon) was made by me. There is a complete description on how it was made HERE.

I don't have a practical use for it but it was an interesting project.


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