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Cracked Earth bowl

Postby slowoodworker » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:31 pm

Vectric and VCarve Pro are just the best!

I saw this hand turned bowl on Instructables and it looked really cool. But I can't turn, nor carve; so I thought, "maybe I can make it on the CNC." :-)
Low and behold, I find Beki's video on using Clip art to create bowls in Vcarve that is exactly what I needed. I imported the cracked earth jpg and created vectors. Used "project toolpath onto 3D model" to follow the curve and cut the "cracks" using a 45degree V bit. Other bits were 1/4" end mill and 1/4" ball nose.
I finished with Shellac and colored the cracks with some craft acrylic paint.

It came out well enough on the scrap Fir, that I'm going to try it on some "real" wood. :D
My "proof of concept" out of scrap 2x12 Fir
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby Savannahdan » Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:50 pm

That's really nice. Be sure to share pics when you do it again. Thanks you for sharing.
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby scottp55 » Wed Apr 24, 2019 11:07 pm

WAY cool!! :D
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby mtylerfl » Thu Apr 25, 2019 12:04 am

That came out great, Rich! Love it!
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby RebeccaJ » Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:43 am

This is awesome - the cracked effect works really well on this design!
Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby TReischl » Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:52 am

Frankly? Honestly? No punches pulled?

That pine bowl looks better than the one that inspired you. Nice work, now I have to add that to my list.
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby slowoodworker » Sat May 04, 2019 9:41 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments.

I've made a second bowl out of Lyptus, a hybrid that looks like Mahogany.
There was a lot of tearout in the roughing pass, so I stopped and switched to a 1/4" down-cut end mill -- it helped a little. Didn't add color to the "cracks" this time; they seem to stand out well enough without it. Shellac topcoat is too glossy, so I'll need to sand it down a little.
Overall size is 7-1/2" x 1-7/8" high. Inner bowl is 3-1/2"diam x 7/8"deep.
Thank you Beki & Vectric for the great How To video

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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby garylyb » Tue May 14, 2019 8:26 pm

Great bowl. I really like it.
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Re: Cracked Earth bowl

Postby WNC_Ed » Tue May 14, 2019 8:43 pm

both of your bowls look spectacular!
Great idea and execution.
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