I bought a small CNC in maybe December of 2021, and in a month or so later I bought a proper CNC machine. Basically, I knew nothing about woodworking or CNC operations. But I taught myself. One small lesson at a time. Since I’m retired and in no hurry I decided to tackle skills one at a time.
So here I am just a few months later and while there is still lots to learn………….I’m cranking out beautiful pieces of woodworking. A couple of which have impressed my own self.
Probably the first Maker Machine I ever bought was a vinyl sign machine. I learned quickly that it isn’t only the ability to successfully make something it also includes the ability to NOT WASTE MATERIAL. Maximizing your stock is vital in becoming a skilled artisan. Here’s the most recent things that I made, and I have to say, to me, it is beautiful
It actually is a simple make. There are two bits used and three operations.
First a 1/4″ Upcut bit is used to rough clear the material.
Then it is followed up by a tiny 1/16″ bit that carves the details.
Then finally you put the 1/4″ bit back in to do a profile cut around the outside of the tray. Do some sanding and then oiling and you are left with basically a piece of artwork.
I don’t want to get into the weeds too much but suffice to say I’m proud of my progress. Below are a few more things I’ve made recently.
CNC Items (click pics to enlarge)
And yes, I made a dick. Sue me.
Really nothing I made was terribly complicated but only took patient skills. Translation: Take your time, and anticipate problems and stupid mistakes. And yes, you will make a stupid mistake. Made one today but I was able to recover from it.
In just a few months I’ve progressed leaps and bounds. Don’t underestimate the effect that good quality wood provides as well. Fortunately for me I have an exotic wood wholesale place over in the next county.
With time, effort, patience, and study you can absolutely crank out beautiful results.