- access to a CNC Router, laser cutter, waterjet cutter, or whatever will cut your material. Or a scroll saw and a ton of skill and patience.
- Wood. I used some super cheapo redwood fece material. 5.5" x 3/4" x 6'. Use whatever you want. This can be adapted.
- 2' x '2' x 1/2" plywood square as a base.
- 1 Quart Glaze Coat, from Lowes
- Bondo for smoothing out the sides and bottom
- 3 Paint colors (I used gray, gray and gray)
- glue to hold the puzzle pieces down to the plywood base.
- M.C. Escher of course.
- buildyourcnc.com. This guy's videos inspired me to build my own CNC. If he can build a CNC in his living room & bathroom, I figured i can build one in my garage. The design used in the tutorial video's isn't great (not very stiff), but it's what I built, and it works. Looks like the ones he sells are much better designed than the DIY one shown in the tutorial videos.
- Penny Desk.
Step 1: Cut your Reptiles! Paint them too.
Open the .DXF file, and you'll see both and outline, and a bunch of internal lines. I do the engraving both on the internal lines, and the outline. I do it with a 90-degree V router bit. After then engraving, you can cut out the reptile with up to a 1/4" diameter router bit. A larger bit won't cut the internal radii right.
Then, I let my kids paint them however they like. Obviously, if you're using really nice wood, you'll want to skip the painting and staining steps... This would look great with 3 types of hardwood, I'm sure. Maybe I'll try that next.