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    How I spent my summer vacation

    Thought I might post some woodworking. I took this job over the summer, figuring things would be slow in my other (unnamed) venture. Also liked the challenge and the fact that I was going to do the whole thing on my CNC (a Shopbot). They are the main entrance doors for a temple... 9 feet tall and 42 inches wide and 1 3/4" thick. Logs. They wanted solid wood this time, wouldn't budge.



    These are the originals I was to replace. The veneer is peeling, from years of taking on water... the acrylic is fogged out and you can't even tell that there is stained glass in there.

    My plan was to bring my laptop on vacation and sit on the beach and write the program...then once back in the shop edge glue some edge jointed rough 8/4 african mahogany into huge slabs that the Shopbot would surface for me... then mill the pockets for the stained glass (no two of the curves are the same)... then cut out the final shape. All while I was busy doing other things.

    All in all pretty happy with them, and the customer is thrilled. The green jamb gets painted.



    Many thanks to Tod for his wealth of information.

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    Very, very nice.
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    Thumbs up

    The doors look awesome.

    But, I don't want to be the one to break it to you. Either you pic is mirrored or you milled the entire thing backwards.

    It don't take away from the fine workmanship and effort you put in, and if the customer is happen and gave you the check then great.

    Some day I will be able to build something so nice that people will pay me for it, then again, not.

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    Beautiful!!
    I keep cuttin, but it just ain't gettin any longer!!!

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    Cool! At first glance the pattern appeared symmetrical but it is not.

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    That's awesome, Craig. Great job. (And good to see you drop by for a visit.)
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    Funny, I didn't realize that I must have flipped the picture during editing...I was trying to rotate it. I made a lot of mistakes...but thankfully not that one. It's the temple logo, they'd have noticed...they sure noticed everything else.

    Thanks for the kind words.

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    OUCH ! . . .

    The pic of those doors just hurt my brain ! That project took a lot of sand just to THINK about. The work of a master of his craft !

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    Here ya go Craig...I tweaked the contrast a bit, too.

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    cool! nice work craig!
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