December 12, 2021 Shop Log

Using the laser cutter, I marked the outlines of the Hawaiian Islands on a sheet of luan. I found scraps of hardware that fit over each of the outlines and planed them to the same thickness. I will adhere them to the luan and then carved the topography on the X-Carve.

The X-Carve Pro seems to be having issues with the X-axis. Ever since I received it, the X-axis would occasionally lose steps, ruining a job. I always assumed that it was due to me being too aggressive on my cut settings. However, trying to cut a Christmas decorations told me otherwise.

I created a support ticket with Inventables. Hopefully tomorrow I will have this resolved.

Hawaiian Island Chain

The Hawaiian Islands have always offered me a respite and an opportunity to recharge. This Thanksgiving, we visited Kauai, the Garden Island, for the first time. My visit here has made me think about my 2.5D carvings of Maui (see and how to expand upon that idea. I want to do the whole Hawaiian Island chain, each island topographically and geographically represented. Ideally I would like to make this carving out of koa wood, but have had no luck in sourcing any significant amount here on Kauai.

Using this online terrain model generator, I created a 3D model of the Hawaiian Islands and laid out the carve in VCarve Pro. The final carve, which would make an excellent piece of wall art, would be 58″ wide and 30″ tall.

November 14, 2021 Shop Log

I finished an order for some custom national park signs.

In between coats of paint and sealer, I did some experimenting with my picket sign-holding Sasquatch design.

The best indicator of skill is the ability to consistently reproduce results. I made another attempt at carving the island of Maui, hoping to learn from my previous mistakes. I am pleased with my result.

November 13, 2021 Shop Log

I have been working on a custom National Park sign order I received.

While waiting between paint coats on the national parks signs, I continued to tinker with my fly rod rack design.

I am thinking about creating packaging from the excess plywood. The only disadvantage is the weight increase from seven pounds to twelve pounds.

I also created a jig to drill holes in the center of the rack feet.