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Thread: Providence Rhode Island State Seal - CNC plaque

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    Providence Rhode Island State Seal - CNC plaque

    This will be excruciatingly SLooooowwwww.

    Remodeling the house is a number ONE priority.

    BUT - I don't like doing that and I need a break from time to time.

    I watched a State Seal being done by Melissa Jones of Nice Carvings - done in a HUGE slab of Cherry. WOW was that Awesome and I wanna do a state seal.

    Mine would be Massachusetts - BUT - I need to develop some skill before I get there. Melissa is a Master that hase won awards around the world - I cannot get much more than a few WOW's from forum folk that don't know better right now.

    Sooooo - this will be my first attempt at a state seal.

    I choose to do Providence Rhode Island because it is within my skill level yet still challenging me to raise my bar a little.

    Melissa Jones is an artist - HIGH LEVEL. Mike Autobodyman can do this stuff - for sure. I am inspired by those people - greatly inspired.

    This is CNC - NOT hand worked. There is most certainly a level of skill needed here doing this in CNC. I would not consider this beginner level. I also would not consider it the highest level of difficulty.

    I will for the most part post my progress. It is a real possibility that I could have this on the machine mid summer.

    I will do it is Cherry - not sure how it will get finished.

    It will hang as a decoration in my shop at, but maybe not forever.


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    Sooo - to start - I goggled state seals and this is the best image - of a workable characteristic that I could find. Yes - yes there are better images - but for what I need - this is it.

    I will show a lot of the software I am working because I think some people like to see that - sometimes - I know I like it sometimes.

    This is where we get started on something like this.

    The first step we need it to "convert" the "raster" image into a "vector" image - then build up from there.

    The picture is a bitmap - .JPG I cannot do anything with that.

    I need to trace lines around the outsides of the primary image sections.

    The software has some automatic ways of doing the tracing - but I prefer a more labor intensive way - I draw the vectors one at a time so I get exactly what I want.

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    I created an array of circles for the inner circles and another for the outer circles.

    All the lines inside are drawn by me - tracing around the bitmap image.

    I shut off the bitmap so you could see the traced - "vectors"

    The squiggly on the left side is smooth - because I edited the "nodes" and smoothed it out.

    Prior to node editing - the vector lines were choppy like the other vectors in the middle.

    I need to finish node editing.

    I just played around created a preliminary image of how it is going to look at we get done --- LONG LONG way to go to get to the finished product - this is just a tease

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    I have a LOT of work to do - adjusting heights and creating the rest of the images.

    The text will need to be dome too - but the software text will be used. I CAN edit the text and modify the font if needed - but I don't think I will need to.

    Keep watching - I will update as I need a break from Remodeling.

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    This is all I am going to do today.

    Just roughing it in - I did need to "modify" the "H O P E" font a little.

    I do need to adjust base heights and smooth and sculpt a bit.

    Maybe this is easier than I was at first thinking.

    Well Still a long way to go

    Anyway - this is it for today.

    It is 24" diameter and 3/4 thick.

    I have a pile of Air Dried Cherry in the shed - maybe this is what it is trying to be.

    I hear it calling out to me.

    I just go for the gold after this and do either Massachusetts or - or - New Bedford, my birth city.

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    Well - maybe just a little more.

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    Looking good Leo!

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    I didn't realize what a process it was to get something programmed into the cnc machine. Looking forwad to seeing this progress.
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    Curious, which softwares are you using?

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    Very interesting Leo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    I didn't realize what a process it was to get something programmed into the cnc machine. Looking forwad to seeing this progress.
    Bob, You are in a large group of people. CNC does not mean the computer does everything. There is a lot of work to do to the design before it can be programmed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Thomas View Post
    Curious, which softwares are you using?
    Ed, I am using Vectric "Aspire". This could be done with V-Carve Pro, but the limitation would be flat tops.

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    Stu,

    I will most likely:

    Rough it out with a 1/4 ball end mill
    Finish cut with a 1/8 tapered ball end mill - of maybe some of it with a 1/16 tapered ball end mill - maybe both
    The cutout will be a 1/4 flat end mill

    It is beautiful outside today.
    My Air Dried Cherry is buried DEEP.
    I just might pull some out, just to get it ready.

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