November 12, 2020 Shop Log

Much of making is about trial and error, especially when you are trying new things, and most of the time it is most about errors. Inlays were no different.

Originally I thought I could have the rounded, bar and wording as one piece. However, the fitting of the inlay was too tight, and I ended up destroying the raised lettering trying to press in the inlay.

In typography, a counter is the area of a letterthat is entirely or partially enclosed by a letter form or a symbol (the counter-space/the hole of). The stroke that creates such a space is known as a “bowl”. Letters containing closed counters include A, B, D, O, P, Q, R, a, b, d, e, g, o, p, and q.

Also the single piece inlay didn’t account for the counters of the D in MIND and A and P in GAP. The counters that cut by the X-Carve were too small and damaged. I would have hand-cut something to fit.

The final reason not use a single piece was for easier customization of the wording in the bar. Rather than inlaying the wording and dealing with the counters of some the lettering, I decided to raise the lettering. Separating the top and bottom arcs from the center bar would make this so much easier.

November 8, 2020 Shop Log

A couple of days ago, I redesigned and remade me material placement brackets for the X-Carve CNC Router. After the CNC homes itself, I usually have to set the XY zero an inch up and an inch right. I do this in order to clear the bit from the placement brackets. For consistency sake, I always set the XY zero an inch up and an inch right from the home position.

The original placement brackets didn’t take this into account, so I cut some shim to place between the brackets and material to offset the required distance. However, I didn’t like the ships as a long-term solution. I could misplace them or forget to utilize them when needed. I needed a more permanent solution, so I redesigned the placement brackets to integrate the necessary offset. No longer would I have to worry about losing or forgetting to use specific shims.

I came up with a new design for a eclectic sign to sell. The design would be the London Underground logo, but, rather than a particular station name, the phrase every Londoner knows, “mind the gap”. The iconic red circle with a horizontal bar in the middle of it would be an inlay. So today I have been teaching myself how to do inlays.

October 17, 2020 Shop Log

I was so happy with the thin stock walnut remnants I picked up at Goby Walnut Products that I picked up some more.

I fired up the X-Carve to start cutting the components for my third Simba Simple Chair.

While the X-Carve worked, I started experimenting with halftone dithering engraving of photos on the FSL Muse.

After engraving the original photo of Jill and her catch, I decided to remove the background of the photo to get a better result.

Then I started playing with the DPI settings and decided that I liked 250 DPI setting the best.

Then I made an example of a custom quote trout I want to sell. Customers would be able to send me their own photo and quote, and I would engrave it onto a blank trout.