Carved door with wildlife scene

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Carved door with wildlife scene

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This is the 3rd closet door of a series of 5 that I've been working on. The frame of the door is Sitka spruce and the panels are red cedar. Each door has different wildlife scene on it. This one being of a grizzly walking through a pine forest, with mountains in the background. This is a bi-fold door.
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Looking good, I'm sure your customers are really going to love these

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Beautiful AJF! How long does it take to cut those big panels ?
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The larger panels take approximately 7 hrs each and the smaller 5 hrs. The panels are 1.375" thick, the carvings go to a depth of .5" and I dish out the back of the panels as well to cut down on the overall weight of the door.

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What size bits do you use and what step over for a carving that large. Do you just carve the scene and the pocket the rest?

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I use 1/8" tapered ball nose bit at 9% step over. After much experimentation, I finally settled on this procedure. I construct the frame and panel door using standard frame and panel construction, with the one exception being that the panels are the same thickness as the frame. The creation of the overall scene and then breaking it down into individual panel tool-paths was again a process of experimentation until I found a procedure that worked quite well. I don't use a roughing tool-path as I found just using a finishing tool-path at the the 9% step over was quite adequate. The maximum depth of cut is no greater than the depth to panel tongues that fit into the frame (making the assumption that you understand how frame and panel doors are made). No pocketing tool-path is needed.

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Nice stuff AJF, no questions as I use pretty much the same methods.

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