African Adventure

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African Adventure

Postby garylmast » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:57 pm

I worked on this off and on over the last several months. When my CNC was having problems maintaining the Z height, it really made things slow. Once I change the stepper motor out, it went fairly smooth. I think I'm "intarsia's out". I need to look for another project. Gary
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Re: African Adventure

Postby jimwill2 » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:06 am

Sweet! I can't imagine the time you have invested in that project. Well done!
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Re: African Adventure

Postby PaulRowntree » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:13 am

Gary, that is the most sophisticated and well-done Intarsia that I have ever seen! How many pieces are there?

Do you use allowances on these, sand them to fit, ..?
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Re: African Adventure

Postby mezalick » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:30 am

WOW !!
Great work!!
,,are you sure you didn't forget any animals ???

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Re: African Adventure

Postby AJF » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:54 am

Very nice work and I really like the composition of the work representing Africa. It brings back memories of the years I lived in Africa I don't even want to guess at the amount of time that went into that project. I would like to know the overall size and the number of different woods you used.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby rej » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:20 am

very nice. great work.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby mtylerfl » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:41 am

That came out really nice! I LOVE Judy Gale Roberts' designs! You did her justice with this one. Thanks for sharing the photo.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby garylmast » Sat Jan 25, 2014 2:19 am

Total size is 48" x 36". 26 animals. Approx +/- 800 pieces. Woods used was walnut, cedar, cherry, maple, oak, gumwood, birch, pine, alder. Elephants came from a 23-year old recycled cedar fence.

I either traced the vectors using Adobe Illustrator and/or used AutoCad Raster Design which can create a vector from selecting a pixel line. I then bring it into Aspire as a dxf or an ai to finish with its edit tools which is a whole lot easier to use.

One problem I had was I started modeling them using Very High Resolution. Because of the size, my computer crashed, so I had to bring the resolution down to Standard, which caused the components to be jagged. To solve that, I started copying the vectors into "Cut Files" and used Very High Resolution, which gave me a nice, clean component. I spaced them about 0.5mm between vectors.

Pattern came from Judy Gale Roberts Studio.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby ohiococonut » Sat Jan 25, 2014 12:46 pm

That is really nice!
I'm still trying to pick out all of the animals.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby bill_w » Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:12 pm

This takes a lot of imagination and patients excellent work, very well done.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby grahamshere » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:22 am

Hi Gary, I know this is an older thread but was wondering, did you cut this intarsia out with the cnc router? Thats a ton of work but wold be great to use the cnc. what bits did you use on this piece. Ive been shaping the intasia with the cnc router but not cutting them out, wasn't sure if the cnc could cut every thing out properly . I have a gallery in cut3d . Graham
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Re: African Adventure

Postby garylmast » Tue Mar 10, 2015 3:21 pm

Hi Graham, Initially I used a engraver bit, depth of about .010", to outline all the vectors on the support board I glued the rest of the components to. This was to make it easier to see where each part goes. On this piece, because there was so many lines, I also brushed on some chalk, used in a chalk box, to fill in the lines to make it more visible. Depending on physical size, the only other mills I used was 6-mm ball & end mills and 3-mm ball & end mills on each component. On the profile cut, I left a few thousandth's of a inch and ran the back side through the drum sander to break away each part. If you don't have a drum sander, either a bench disk or belt sander would work to sand the onion skin from the bottom side of components. Gary
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Re: African Adventure

Postby grahamshere » Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:45 pm

Thank you for the information, every thing looks like it fits tightly, Looks great, how long did it take to cut that out. what i do is I built a pen plotter for my cnc router and use that to draw out the pattern on to my mdf backing. but haven't cut the pieces out with the cnc yet, but I use it to shape the whole piece like a relief carving, but that means you need to make or buy a 3d model and then make a pattern from it, lots of work lol.
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Re: African Adventure

Postby garylmast » Tue Mar 10, 2015 7:02 pm

Graham, if you look at the post viewtopic.php?f=28&t=21696 ,where I have some illustrations, you'll see each section in the drawing has a vector drawn around it. Each section (component) is then modeled in Aspire, so there's no need trying to find a 3-D model, you're making the model. The backing I have used to glue each component on has been 5/32" veneer, which I think would be thinner and stronger then using MDF. By the way, I've seen some of the intarsias you posted, which look great. Gary
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Re: African Adventure

Postby scottart » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:44 am

Bravo. great piece, solid composition, great colors. fun to look at.. makes me tired thinking about all that work..
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