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.

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.