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    Carry On

    I don't post enough of what I do here - to I will post this one.

    A few years ago my kids bough this from a local artist in Conn. at an art fair.

    Just the pencil sketch - no frame.
    They know I want to make the frame - so this is the time.

    I am remodeling my house and this would be a perfect fit into a hallway.
    I will make the hallway a nautical hallway.

    I also carved - NOT CNC - but totally by hand - a half hull model of a 1945 sailing vessel - "Shirley" that will also hang in the nautical hall.

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    I am not going to make it all one piece.

    I will make the sides and top and bottom as separate pieces so I can get the grain lined up as I want it.

    The text box might be made separate. That will be black
    The text may also be separate. That will be gold paint
    This is so I can paint it separately then assemble


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    This is the picture that will be in the frame.
    There will be a glass panel over the picture.

    I am thinking a french cleat so that the picture will be flat on the wall.

    The Term Carry On - of course has meaning today - but it came from Maritime history.

    The ships Captain watched the weather and made decisions accordingly. Whenever there was good weather and a good wind he would issue the order "Carry On". This meant for the crew to hoist as much canvas as the ship had available.

    The picture I am going to mount is under full sail and based on the nautical chart headed home.

    Hence - the title.

    I am in process of remodeling - and I want to play CNC - so - this gives me good reason to play CNC and still be in process of the remodel.

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    Every project has gotta start somewhere.

    In this case is started with design.
    That's NOT putting the cart before the horse - Projects start with Design - but in this case it is computerized Design - and that was in the last post.

    Then - you gotta get some material.

    I just happened to have some Cherry waiting in the shed.


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    I needed 2 sides to the frame.

    I don't have any "thick" Cherry so I needed a glueup to get thickness

    The three pieces in the picture will become 4 after resaw.


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    I faced and edged just to get something to work with.

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    I ripped to get ROUGH sized material. Around 4" wide

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    I resawed one piece in half - ~ ABOUT 1/2 thick


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    I thickness sanded I don't care how thick - just to get flat faces for clamping.
    36 grit paper takes it down pretty fast.


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    Nice even coat of glue


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    There we go - the two sides are coming together.

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    For the letters - I want something REALLY REALLY smooth.
    I thought about maple - that would be good
    I thought about PVC - that would be better
    I thought about Brass - That would be awesome - I could super polish it - but it will tarnish

    I then thought about corian - YEAH - I can spray paint that with Modern Masters Gold
    Corian it will be.


    And you all thought that CNC was all brainless dribble about the machine doing all the work - didn't you.

    Don't worry the mindless dribble is on it's way

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    can't wait to see the dribble. If I had the money and brains, you would see a CNC in my shop, well maybe it wouldn't fit in my shop, but you know what I mean. Whew over 100' outside today. Says it is going to 107" next week.
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    The dribble is fun stuff.

    I am trying to get youtube vids posted - but with remodeling my house - time is EXTREMELY limited.

    Now - I am also following the Charles W. Morgan to all her ports of call on the 38-th voyage.

    I may be rethinking my strategy on the mindless dribble.

    If I do I will post all the redesign stuff.

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    I recreated the design.

    Probably nobody will notice the differences.

    The inner and the outer raised border area was not perfectly symmetrical. Hey, I cannot totally eradicate the engineer in me.

    It was bothering me also that I did not make the heights of the inner and outer raised border areas with some mathematical numbers.

    I did it all by eye.

    This is an artistic thing - but it also has symmetry.

    It wasn't good enough for me.

    Also - as I was making the glueups for the tops and sides - I was able to get 1.421 inches rather than the 1.25 I was shooting for on my original design. So I also accommodated a little extra thickness.

    Later - if I get some time and I can keep my eyes open - I will go through the design process step by step.




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    Carry On - July 19 update

    OK – so I tend to post things I have fun with. Still working on the house remodel – and I am calling THIS project PART of the remodel – so I can move on it.

    I said I re-did the design. Well – I did – but the redesign was more of a cleanup of the first design, and not noticeable, unless I pointed it out – so – we will just leave it at that.

    In order to make this I am going to be “fitting” things into recesses. Making the inner piece and then adjusting the receptacle, or pocket is the easiest way to go about the project.

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    I worked in this area today. I made the letters out of Corian, using a 1/32 tapered Ball Nosed End Mill. I do have some videos and will one fine day post those videos on youtube – but that is a LOT of work – making them so that they are not boring to watch.
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    The letters are the first thing as they will be placed into letter sized recesses in the black Text Base – then the text base will be fitted into a pocket in the frame.
    The letters are about 1-3/4 high – total about 7-1/2 long for the phrase “carry on” and the letters are a max of 3/16 thick I used about 3 inches x 4 inches of ¼ thick Corian. The letters will be painted first with a flat yellow then with Gold spray paint – rustoleum, cause I have it.
    I used Corian because ---- it is a stable material, strong enough for the little fragile letters to hold together, I do not need to sand, it paints really well.


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    I made the Text box out of PVC. Nothing special about it – just a chunk from a PVC board from Lowes. I put the wood grain down, opposite from the pocketing I will do.
    WHY PVC? It cuts really easy, does not expand or contract, paints really well, is really easy to work with.


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    I manually – meaning I was controlling the machine with a hand held pendant – kinda like a joystick and I flattened the top of the PVC – then I sanded to 220 grit.
    I then proceeded to make the letter pockets. I need to readjust about 5-6 tiles until the letters just fit – into the pockets. I little trimming with an xacto knife and the letters fall right into place.
    I used a 1/32 end mill and cut the pockets 1/16 deep


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    There is still work to be done – I think I will 1/8 radius the top corner. That will be done on the router table. I will need to sand the entire piece.
    The Text Base is 8-1/2 inches long by 2-1/2 inches high and right now just under ¾ thick, but, the thickness will change when I fit it into the frame.
    I will be priming the PVC with white primer for plastic then spray painting with black gloss. I’ve done that before and it looks GREAT.


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    I sprayed the “O” with Gold because I am impatient. I still need to finish xacto trimming the “arry”.
    I will epoxy the letters into the pockets after painting

    Well that’s in for now.

    Tomorrow Diane and I go to Boston to see the Morgan and the Constitution at the same dock. Hopefully I will keep moving on this project. The end result will be awesome

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    I'm with Vaughn. It is an interesting thread. Thanks for doing it.

    Enjoy,
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    Very nice
    It's kind of fun to do the impossible

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