My Niece is getting Married soon, and I wanted to make her a gift. I came up with a Giant Wooden Dog Tag, since her future husband was in the Navy. I wanted to include the US Navy Seal, a Heart and Submarine.
I thought this would be the perfect gift, at least I know nobody else would think of such.
Step 1: Parts Needed
You will need:
CNC Router ( I have the X-Carve)
Cam/Cad Program ( I am using Aspire)
Hardwood ( I am using Maple)
Minwax Gunstock finish
Minwax Clear Gloss Finish
220 Grit Sandpaper
Very Fine Steel Wool
A couple of clean rags
Step 2: Design
First I found a couple of pictures, one of a Sub and the Navy Seal. Open up Aspire and imported them and traced them.
Then I drew the shaped of the Dog tag, inserted the vectors from the pictures. Added there names and a hole.
Step 3: Modeling
Next I clicked on the 3D modeling tab. From here I made 3D shapes of those vectors, until I was satisified.
I am no expert at this, It took awhile until I got it right.
Step 4: Toolpaths
Now I made a 3D Roughing Profile and a 3D Finishing Profile.
With Aspire it will let you preview the carving, which is very helpful.
Step 5: Rough Carving
I loaded the piece of Soft Maple into the CNC Router, fasten it down. Inserted a 1/4" Endmill to do the Roughing cutout.
Note I went against the grain in this cut, I would recommend going with the grain.
Step 6: 3d Finishing
I then change to 1/8" Ballnose bit, done some finishing with it, didn't like the look of it.
Made another pass with a Tapered .031 Ballnose bit, but this time I went with the grain of the wood. Much better finish.
Note I probably could have used the 1/8" Ballnose, going with the grain, but I choose to try the Tapered .031 Ballnose bit, too give me a little more detail and maybe less sanding.
Step 7: Sanding
I went over the entire project with 220 grit sandpaper and then went over with some very fine Steel wool, where the sandpaper couldn't get to.
Step 8: Staining
Now make sure to wiped the project real good with the Tack cloth, to get rid of any sawdust.
I put a good coat of Minwax Gunstock Finish on it, let it set for a several minutes, then wipe off the excess.
Now let this dry overnight.
Note you could put more than one coat of finish on it, that would give you a darker color.
Step 9: Finished Project
After letting the stain dry overnight, I sprayed a Clear Gloss Sealer on it.
Let that dry and you have a unique gift, guaranteed that nobody else has.
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