Making Art in Wood with a PCNC 770

Every month we get to have some fun cutting one of the parts from our Tormach Projects Library. This month we decided to go easy and create some art with a 3D relief in wood. This project was provided to us by one of our local makerspaces. Chris Meyer, the founder of Sector67, originally used a 5x5x5 block of cedar, but we found some scrap 4×4 pine in the shop.

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As mentioned in a previous blog, The Ups and Downs of Machining Wood, machining wood was fairly easy-going. Wood is forgiving when it comes to feeds and speeds and the slightly deformed block of scrap wood was even easy to hold. While we didn’t run into any major challenges and cleanup was easier than expected, the entire program took just over an hour. Because wood is so forgiving, rough cuts are easy and you can really push the machine, but no matter what material you’re using, 3D finishing passes are tedious. In the end, it was worth it. Now that the Shakespearean quotes and jokes are circling the office, a wooden skull relief seems like a quality choice.

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Chris Fox

Chris comes from a publishing background with years of experience in science, technology, and engineering publications. Previously an editor with Product Design and Development and Gizmag, he has a keen eye on the maker community and the changing landscape of the world of prototyping, product development, and small-scale manufacturing. Chris has been working with clients to create Tormach's customer success stories since 2013. Follow him on Twitter @TheChris_Fox

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2 thoughts on “Making Art in Wood with a PCNC 770

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    03/23/2017 at 9:45 pm

    I enjoyed the video, thanks. Not sure the part numbers given in the video are correct for the 3/8 BN or the 1/4 BN, I looked on the web site and they look more like PN 33441 and 33440.


  • Chris Fox
    03/23/2017 at 9:59 pm

    Hey Kevin,

    You are correct – they are part numbers 33441 and 33440. Good catch!

    Though the titles are incorrect, there are links in the video that go directly to the pages with those part numbers, if you need the product pages.

    Thanks for reading/watching!

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