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  • DaleB45 commented on davethewoodworker's instructable 75th Birthday Present Oldometer17 days ago
    75th Birthday Present Oldometer

    Rich, that video is a perfect example of a woodworker using the CNC as another tool to enhance his (already beautiful) work. My problem is with the person who uses ONLY a CNC (or laser engraver)... it does ALL the cutting, carving, etc., and they didn't even create the file, just downloaded it (usually for free) and pressed "PRINT" ...especially when that person is underselling me and calling himself a woodworker. Just because I drove my car to the shop, that doesn't make me a mechanic.To answer your question, a lot of the time, I will hand draw or use carbon paper to transfer a pattern to the wood, although there are times when I can use a vinyl template (Cricut), spray paint over it, remove the vinyl, then use that for my pattern. But, all the routing is done freehand, follo...

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    Rich, that video is a perfect example of a woodworker using the CNC as another tool to enhance his (already beautiful) work. My problem is with the person who uses ONLY a CNC (or laser engraver)... it does ALL the cutting, carving, etc., and they didn't even create the file, just downloaded it (usually for free) and pressed "PRINT" ...especially when that person is underselling me and calling himself a woodworker. Just because I drove my car to the shop, that doesn't make me a mechanic.To answer your question, a lot of the time, I will hand draw or use carbon paper to transfer a pattern to the wood, although there are times when I can use a vinyl template (Cricut), spray paint over it, remove the vinyl, then use that for my pattern. But, all the routing is done freehand, followed up with a hand-held chisel where needed. Yes, I know I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to this, and I accept that (Step 1)... but it's MY chip and I've earned it!! I can see times when a CNC--or better yet, a laser engraver--could be beneficial, but not in my sign making hobby. That I will continue to do by hand. (Oh, and thank you for the compliments... I DO appreciate them.)

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  • DaleB45 commented on davethewoodworker's instructable 75th Birthday Present Oldometer19 days ago
    75th Birthday Present Oldometer

    Okay, let's see you do it without the CNC. Sorry for the snark, but as someone who makes signs like these using only a router and my two hands, I have a chip on my shoulder when it comes to someone calling themselves a woodworker when in reality, they are only a computer operator. Good job on creating the file yourself, though. Most people just download a free file from the Internet. And, it does look great! I hope they enjoyed it!

    "By davethewoodworker"

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  • DaleB45 commented on CraftAndu's instructable Wooden Kazoo [Giveaway]1 year ago
    Wooden Kazoo [Giveaway]

    Everyone seems to like #1, #2, and #6 the best... I think I prefer #5. They all look great, and I think my younger relatives might be getting one for their upcoming birthdays! Great job!

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  • DaleB45 commented on How-ToDo's instructable Wood Box Mod 1 year ago
    Wood Box Mod

    Once you've got the outlines of the box routed, you can easily clean out what's left with the router still at the final depth. Just go carefully and stay away from the edges. This method will leave a level and fairly smooth bottom that requires little--if any--sanding.

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  • DaleB45 commented on DaleB45's instructable Drumstick Holder1 year ago
    Drumstick Holder

    Great! Please post a pic!

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  • DaleB45 commented on DaleB45's instructable Drumstick Holder1 year ago
    Drumstick Holder

    That's great! Let me know how it works out! Also happy to answer any questions that might come up! Keep me posted!

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  • Simple Wooden Key Holder // How To Make

    Keyhole bits are awesome! I set mine to a depth of 5/16" and use a plunge router. It's definitely a good idea to use some kind of guide or jig to ensure a straight cut and rout about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch. It looks very professional that way, but if it's not straight...quite the opposite.

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