December 4, 2018 at 9:26 pm #78184
It’s time! I’ve got the St Nicholas carving almost ready for delivery and ready for sharing. This is a great start to what I hope is a very busy build thread! In the video you’ll see a quick glimpse of build #2 almost finished up (4:22) – it’s a ski rack for us to park our skis in when we get home from the slopes. Fits nicely into a boot mat thing to catch all the water. Need to insert it’s dividers and then waterproof it.
Next task for the MPCNC? Just wait until Saturday and you’ll see…it’s been a long time coming!December 4, 2018 at 9:54 pm #78185December 4, 2018 at 11:03 pm #78188
Wow! That’s cool! It is such a creative idea. Kelly did you design it as well. The idea of using the magnetic replaceable panels is cool! It looks amazing as well.December 5, 2018 at 5:21 am #78200December 5, 2018 at 6:47 am #78205
Thanks guys. My original design plan was for six removeable panels, each pictorially depicting the things he was known for – the patron saint of sailors, the patron saint of repentant thieves, a few others (can’t recall off the top of my head) and that whole gifts to children thing. They were just going to slide in and out in a t-rail setup of some sort, behind which would have been just plain wood.
Thankfully the school decided on the character traits instead. I had told them about the relief carving capabilities of the MPCNC but I have yet to figure out a good system for doing that with photographs! In any case the plan was for the MPCNC all along – and they knew I was still working out the processes so were very patient with me. However tomorrow is the day they celebrate St Nicholas (the school’s chosen saint), so the timing couldn’t have been closer…..December 8, 2018 at 1:16 pm #78544
First test. So far so good! DOC 15-20mm, 30mm/s, spindle at 65-70%, 1/8 flat upcut endmill. Time to commit to the full jobs.
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Time for a new gallery category!December 8, 2018 at 3:28 pm #78563
That looks awesome. So do you leave the snow in there?December 8, 2018 at 3:32 pm #78564
Time for a new gallery category!
Just wait. Something special in the works…..tomorrow. I promise.December 8, 2018 at 3:37 pm #78566
That looks awesome. So do you leave the snow in there?
Depends what your after. Typically it’s left or packed back in but if the customer wants colour you need it cleared out. Which in this case must be done as it’s cutting. The bit makes just enough heat to make the snow sticky and if you don’t blow it as it’s cutting it seems to stick in there pretty hard. But the blown out clean cuts – oh my goodness! They’re PERFECT. This machine is DEFINITELY paying for itself this winter!December 8, 2018 at 3:40 pm #78567December 8, 2018 at 4:40 pm #78587
This is pretty exciting just seeing the pics. Ice….never would have considered it. I love that.December 9, 2018 at 2:28 pm #78743
YouTube link forthcoming but here are some pics of the finished product. Ice naturally clears over the course of the day so I’m going to go back tomorrow and get some pics once it’s all shined up. If you think this is something just wait till you see pics from tomorrow!
Oh…..and I have one other project I’ll post this evening. I think you’ll like it 😉
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I should mention….overall length there is 120”, height is 40”.December 9, 2018 at 2:35 pm #78751
That look awesome. I’m going to say the same thing tomorrow.
I really love that you’ve made this work of art. This beatiful sign to tell people something, but it’s not going to sit in a landfill for the next 1000 years, and it has to be enjoyed now, and then it’s only a memory. There’s a real significance to that, even if it’s someone’s logo.December 9, 2018 at 3:56 pm #78763
I started ice carving in 1999 and have always marvelled at the temporary nature of it all. In fact I often joke with onlookers that my favourite part of it is that if I make a mistake it doesn’t matter because soon enough nobody would ever know. The reality with the ice is that it’s inherently beautiful. All I need to do it give it the right shape – kinda link soapstone. It just needs to be shaped and shined.
When I started wood carving (four years ago) I was somehow sobered when I realized for the first time that unlike ice carving, these creations could well be there forever. That was profound to me. And made me give serious thought to my attitude towards mistakes. HahahaDecember 9, 2018 at 6:48 pm #78807
For you Ryan! Thanks for all things V1 Engineering and giving me the confidence to build these machines with the help from you and this entire community of helpful sorts! I’d mail this to you but I think there are some inherent issues with that….
Damn near perfect but in my excitement to get this posted I accidentally got water on the backside of the last “G” and it soaked into the snow. Darn! But still awesome considering this was 30 minutes start to finish (less freezing time of course….)December 9, 2018 at 6:56 pm #78816
Whoa! That’s so cool. I’m cleaning it my freezer right now. Sorry hot pockets.December 9, 2018 at 7:01 pm #78819
WHAT OMFG!~!!!! That is so cool. I can’t imagine what carving ice would be like.
The logo though WOW. I have to share it everywhere!December 9, 2018 at 7:12 pm #78824December 9, 2018 at 7:18 pm #78830December 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm #78834
So awesome, so so so, so Awesome. Thank you so much that is the coolest thing I have seen in a long time….dam I didn’t plan that pun but I am keeping it now!December 9, 2018 at 7:28 pm #78835
I’m working on a novel of a post with my shakedown after having run the ice. Suffice it to say, the MPCNC is a VERY capable ice mill and I’m going to exhaust the uses of it. Once I get the drop table cutout of the table there will be much more experimentation going on. Oh, and the 1/8″ collet is stuck in the DW (from a 3d basswood carve I did Friday)….I need to get that out so I can chuck up the 1/4″ bits……the long ones. I’m kinda glad I was limited to the 1/8″ bits with a shortened cutter length. I had messed up the CAM and was going for a 30mm cut depth only to realize that the cutters on my bit only went up like 18mm! It skipped like crazy because the smooth shaft couldn’t cut the ice (obviously). That’s only because my DOC was 30mm – which I can TOTALLY get away with…..IF I have 30mm of flute to work with. Hahaha
More on that coming in the novel…..December 9, 2018 at 7:37 pm #78837
Any Facebook users can dig through my history – just find PowerCarver and ColdCreative.ca. Imagine all the things in there that maybe one day I’ll be doing with the MPCNC!December 9, 2018 at 7:42 pm #78838
I’m not sure this qualifies as “I built it” since this is someone else’s STL but this is the culprit that plugged the 1/8” collet in the DW…..took ten hours to mill – 5 hours each pass. I used the 1/8 flat for the roughing and the 1/8 round for the finish. Both done with waterline paths, both using rectangular mask – in hindsight I only needed he roughing pass to clear the background. I ran once without the rectangular mask and the gantry got hung up once the carve got too deep. Had to start over after four hours. Looking forward to longer bits…..
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Ice carvings look best at night when backlit. Ice logos however look best during daylight.
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I have sent the previous pic to everyone….I can’t wait to send this one!December 10, 2018 at 3:02 pm #78932
That is so amazing! 🙂January 26, 2019 at 4:02 pm #85799
So I’m building up a control panel/enclosure for the laser MPCNC’s electronics and stuff. Had the table saw out for the framework pieces and carried on the old fashioned way with the jigsaw and a drill for the LCD cutouts.
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Ice carving season is officially over so before I pack this bad boy away I wanted to share. In the olden days we used to draw and drill all of these by hand. With the MPCNC it’s SOOOOO MUCH EASIER! I was even able to cut away a bit of the side panels to get more screws closer to the edges of the tool.
We use these for flattening ice surfaces which are to be joined together. It’s probably one of the most indispensable tools we use next to the chainsaws and chisels. We couldn’t build big ice carvings without it. My old one was amazingly smooth but the gangnail was so short and dense that the board would always plug up with super fine snow and render itself useless. After a full season with this MPCNC nailboard I didn’t have a single clog. AND it’s pretty light compared to the gangnail board….less fatigue. AND it’s way more aggressive when you want it to be yet a steady hand and it’s fine as can be. Making three more. Two for the guy I carve with and one more for me (I’m going to try one with drywall screws…..more aggressive but less durable).
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