Shop update #86 (6-19-19)
Do you remember the planter box that I made a couple of weeks ago? One of the attendees at the retirement party saw it and contacted me about making a large puzzle piece plaque for her.
I stopped by Home Depot on Saturday and picked up a 1 ft piece of Birch 1×8 and a 2 ft piece of Oak 1×8 as a backup.
I did a quick Google search and found a free puzzle piece that was already in .svg format. I imported it into my Free Easel account and modified it to make the bottom flat. I added in the requested text and then broke it into 2 separate parts so that I could use a 60° V-Bit for the text and a 1/8″ 2 flute bit to cut out the puzzle shape.
I setup the piece of Birch in my X-Carve CNC machine and carved the text first.
Once that was finished, I cut out the puzzle shape. I tend to run the machine a little slow so each step took about 20 minutes.
It didn’t quite cut all the way through so I used a razor knife and flush trim bit to remove the excess.
I then masked off the letters and gave them a good coat of black spray paint.
I let it dry overnight and through the day on Monday. That night I sanded off the excess paint.
I plan on rounding over the edges, giving it a good sanding, and putting some finish on it this weekend.