I was recently asked by Rockler Woodworking to give in-store demonstrations of their CNC Shark machines. Currently, there’s a big push by many manufacturers to get benchtop CNC machines into workshops around the world. CNC machines and 3D printers are all around us today, showcasing their ease of use and endless possibilities. Entry level CNC machines, such as the ones sold at Rockler, are enticing to a lot of potential buyers because of their size and affordability. As a demonstrator, I wanted to come up with a couple simple things that viewers and potential buyers could easily relate to, in regards to an easy first-time project. For a lot of people, they see things everyday that they like and wonder how it’s done. While making these wall signs is fairly simplistic to me, I know that there are others who may perceive them to be complicated. Part of my job as a demonstrator is to demonstrate the ease of use of one of their CNC Shark machine models. Now, while part of the using the CNC is manipulating the CNC itself, the other part relies intensively on the individual. For users who are otherwise computer illiterate, learning to use one of these machines can be a daunting task. The basic software packages provided with these machines is what I focus on primarily. We leave the advanced stuff for after-store hours! Anyways, take a look below at some of the samples created while focusing on basic techniques achieved using the basic software package. Enjoy!
Here’s a collection of child stools that I’ve made for friends and family. The stools are made with solid red oak and the painted seat pieces are made from solid poplar. Each stool part has it’s own jig that I created to make multiple pieces at a time. They were all designed on the computer and cut with CNC. Wood blanks with specific measurements are placed into the jig and are then cut on a router table. The addition of painted graphics always shows a nice contrast against the natural beauty of red oak. Take a look at the gallery below. Enjoy!
Cubs Stadium Seat Restoration
I had a couple sets of these to do in a relatively short amount of time. The customer had purchased the seats (in green) from an auction held at Wrigley Field (quite a while ago) and was looking to have them restored to look like new. Once I got them into the shop, I contemplated saving as much of the original wood as possible as opposed to fabricating entirely new seat slats out of white oak. They were caked with Continue reading “Cubs Stadium Seat Restoration”
Chicago Blackhawks Coaster Set
Another day, another project….and today it’s a wooden coaster set! Since I’m based out of the Chicagoland area, the Chicago Blackhawks are pretty popular around here and I’ve been busy making these out of solid maple. Tomahawk and Blackhawk indian logos are cut using CNC. Coaster holder is made of maple and has two acrylic dowels to hold the coasters. Clear, rubber feet sit on the bottom of the coasters and base to prevent scratching on delicate surfaces.
LED Floor Inlay
It was early May of 2008 and it all started out as a simple remodel of my dad’s office. Gut the walls down to the studs. Replace all the old electrical wires with updated code-worthy wires and boxes. Install new leak-proof windows and a new 3/4″ red oak hardwood floor. The room wasn’t that big…..only 14′ by 26′. My dad is an accomplished woodworker and was happy with the way things were turning out. However….my brother and I didn’t quite see it that way. After looking at the progress one night, we decided it needed something more. Wouldn’t it be cool, we thought, if there were Continue reading “LED Floor Inlay”