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Crazy Cool Wood Joinery with CNC

Jul 12, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  3 Comments
cnc-panel-joinery-grab-bag

If you can imagine it, you can probably make it with CNC.  But how many of us are so used to seeing non-CNC’d things that we forget to imagine?
There is an indicator on the front of a Mac Powerbook laptop.  The case is aluminum, and if the indicator is not lit, you can’t see…

Do you like weird gears? Wooden gears? Do you have a CNC router?

Jul 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Software  //  No Comments

If any of those are true, there’s two things you need to do.
First is to check out this Clayton Boyer video that went viral with nearly 2 million views as I write this:

I’ve written about Clayton’s wooden geared clocks before.

Gears designed with Gearotic Gear Design Software…
The second thing you need to…

3 Hour CNC Router Job in 80 Seconds

Jul 9, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router  //  3 Comments

I love the time lapse videos:

He says all the pieces are held down by vacuum, and he gets up to periodically add bolts with washers as extra holding power.  Meanwhile he’s jamming away on his laptop over Wifi.  Probably running G-Wizard (not!), LOL.…

Make Awesome Control Panels and Signs With “Gravograph”

Jul 8, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  No Comments
CNC Control Panel

I learned a new technique from this great article on CNCZone describing how the original poster used a product called “Gravograph” to make this gorgeous CNC control panel:

And here is some work in progress:

This engraving material is a laminated plastic, that has a self-adhesive to make it easy to stick to aluminum or…

French Fit Tool Storage

Jun 25, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool, Techniques  //  3 Comments

French fitting is the term used when toolboxes, cabinets, and drawers have fitted compartments that outline each tool.  Gun presentation cases are also commonly French Fit to the outline fo the gun.  There are a lot of ways to make a French Fit case or tray.  As a CNC’er, you’re in a position to carve…

G-Wizard Goodies for the CNC Router Gang in GWC 1.635

Apr 11, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software  //  No Comments

There’s gotten to be quite a few of CNC Router folks using our G-Wizard Calculator so I wanted to do a release that addresses some of their special needs.  I have just uploaded G-Wizard Calculator version 1.635, and it includes several nifty things.
First, it has direct support for downcut, compression, and straight flute router…

Welcome to Gearotic Motion

Apr 10, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Guest-Post, Software  //  7 Comments

This is a guest blog post by Art Fenerty, father of Mach3 and now the Gearotic Motion software.  I asked Art to tell us in his own words what was really great about Gearotic Motion and that’s what he’s done.  If it sounds interesting, please check out the various deals we’re offering on Gearotic Motion.…

Announcing Our New Partnership with Art Fenerty’s Gearotic Motion

Apr 8, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool, Software  //  1 Comment

Happy Easter all!
I’m proud to announce this new project with Art, where we’ll be offering his unique Gearotic Motion Software here on CNCCookbook.
Even if you don’t know Art, you probably do know Mach3.  Art was the original father of Mach3 and still works Brian on special projects.  He’s one of the CNC world’s…

CNC Router Cutter Types and How to Use Them

Apr 6, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Software, Techniques  //  11 Comments

While you can use endmills and twist drills that are typical of the non-router (routers are also called gantry mills, if you prefer) CNC world, there are a number of special cutters than can help out in a variety of situations and that’s what this article is all about.  For more on regular milling cutters…

10 Tips for CNC Router Aluminum Cutting Success

Mar 27, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, FeedsSpeeds, Techniques  //  41 Comments

Folks often ask whether a CNC Router can cut aluminum.  They’re used to seeing the primarily cut wood and plastics.  My answer to this question is always, “Yes, if you do it right.”
There are a couple of things to remember about how aluminum (and other metals) are different from wood or plastics.  First, they…

Wooden Clock Plans from Clayton Boyer

Jan 22, 2012   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, CNC Router, Cool  //  4 Comments

I’ve always loved these open framework wooden clocks. They seem like ideal CNC projects, especially if you are set up with a CNC router. Friends are constantly asking me what I make with all the machines in my shop and when I answer that I mostly make more tools, they’re always disappointed or at least…

Another Nautilus Art Door With Iris

Nov 19, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Router, Cool  //  No Comments

I got to searching and found another door with similar aesthetic over on Makezine:

Brass Iris Porthole and Locking Mechanism…

These doors are made by Chris Schaie who sells the mechanisms.…

G-Wizard Now Has V-Bit Feeds and Speeds for Engraving

Sep 20, 2011   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Beginner, Blog, CNC Router, Software, Techniques  //  No Comments

There have been a lot of requests to add V-Bit support to G-Wizard. A V-Bit is a special purpose bit intended for engraving. They come in all shapes and sizes, but usually they look something like this:

A V-Bit for Engraving…
They do a very nice job engraving, but feeds and speeds can be a…

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