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Barnwood Sports Design: Let Passion Lead Your Work

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  Like most X-Carve and small business owners, Tim Kuncis’ journey began with his passion. Since childhood, Tim was a baseball fanatic and as an adult, he combined his passion with his individual knowledge and skillset to create something original.  While working as a contractor, he was able to design and sell his very first woodworking piece: an American flag with a unique rustic design. The piece was such a big hit that he quickly sold a few more and not long after, a friend recommended taking the rustic flag design and shaping it into a home plate. And thus, the signature design of Tim’s Barnwood Sports Design was born. Barnwood Sports Designs’ Signature Piece What sets Tim’s business apart is his signature piece, the rustic home plate design, for two reasons. First, the design is one-of-a-kind. It’s the kind of piece that grabs attention and guarantees your friends and guests will ask about it when they see it hanging in your home or workplace. The rustic, weathered look adds so m

What is the Maker Movement? Maker Culture Explained

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You might have heard the term “maker movement” or “maker culture” pop up more and more over the past few years. Whether it’s attached to Pinterest projects, YouTube tutorials, or associated with a particular company’s brand, the maker movement has produced something of a renaissance in DIY creativity. So what exactly is the maker movement? What is the Maker Movement? The maker movement is a growing cultural trend of DIY-style creativity focused on crafting and artisan pursuits including wood and metalworking, manufacturing, programming, cooking and homebrewing, cosmetics and fashion, auto working, and more. In short, the movement is a fusion of arts and crafts and engineering that incorporates technology, open-source learning, and community collaboration. Maker culture exists largely because of developing technologies such as 3D printers, computer numerical controlled machines, and of course, the internet. Although many of these tools have existed for decades, they’re only now becoming

The Most Popular Type of CNC Carving Project

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  Hands down, the most popular CNC router project group is sign making. While we use CNC routing in a wide range of applications such as home decor(which may include signs), furniture, utility & storage systems, etc. , signs remain popular among both novice and experienced CNC carvers. What makes carving signs so popular among CNC router users? Variety & creativity. We can make signs as simple or as complex as our imaginations can envision.  Some signs are simple square boards with a basic phrase carved in it. Others use layered carves to add depth and texture.(to see how layering with the Easel CNC software is done visit layered designs ). From hobbyists to commercial woodshops, signs are an attractive project for CNC Routing. The Hobbyist & CNC Routers Making gifts is one of the great joys for people who are into woodworking. Creating one-of-a-kind signs for friends and family is an opportunity for making it personal and being creative in gift-giving. Woodworkers create s

4 Quick and Easy CNC Machine Ideas

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  4 Quick ‘n Easy CNC Machine Ideas Looking for a quick project you can make with your X-Carve CNC Machine? Well pull up a stool and have a gander at some of these quick and easy Easel projects you can make with the X-Carve in an afternoon or less. A Box for your Tissue Box Our first project comes to us thanks to Danny from Indiana. It’s a box for your tissue box. The best part about this nifty project is it’s customizability; it can be designed however you like to best match the room it’ll sit in.  All you need is ¼ inch wood (it’s best to stain or paint the wood before you start carving). Our Carbide V-Bits will work best, you can find them here . But in case you don’t have one, upcut bits will work as well. Once you’re done carving, use a table saw to cut 45 degree edges so the pieces will fit seamlessly together. Glue them up, put on some finishing touches if needed, and you’ve got yourself a cute accent for your bathroom or a great gift. There are a number of cute designs in this

3 Homemade Smartphone Amplifiers Made with X-Carve CNC Machine

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  Let’s face it. The speakers on most smartphones aren’t great.  We’ve all been in that situation. You’re trying to listen to music or podcasts while washing dishes or attempting to watch a video with a big group of friends and those speakers just aren’t loud enough to reach everyone's ears. Of course, there are Bluetooth speakers or headphones but those aren’t always the most practical solution.  Instead, all you might need is an acoustic boosting dock. That simple little device can make a world of difference and you can create one using Easel and your X-Carve CNC machine.  Here are three acoustic boosting docks made by some of our creative makers! Passive iPhone Amplifier The first smartphone amplifier on our list comes to us from Warren Downes from the One Wood Woodworking channel on YouTube . This amplifier takes inspiration from classic amphitheater designs; it essentially uses a series of circles stacked on top of each other, each row decreasing in size to form a cone-like sh

What does a CNC Machine Cost?

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The cost of a CNC Machine depends on size, power, precision, and quality. Before you can compare pricing for CNC Machines it is important to understand what comprises a CNC system, how components are offered, what are necessary components, and what are optional. As you review different systems, knowing more about what is being offered for the price shown, and if you’ll need to purchase additional necessary components to have a usable system will make for a better experience and get you carving faster. What you are paying for Base CNC Machine Components For any CNC system to be usable there is a minimally viable setup comprised of core components.  Rails Rails are the channels along which the carver travels on the x and y-axis. Generally, there are two types of rails. V-Slot rails Linear rails Linear drive mechanism Linear drive mechanisms are used to control the travel along the channels. Belts Ball screws Frame Aluminum Extrusions The frame of most CNC machines is made

Games You Can Carve with the X-Carve CNC Machine and Easel Software

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We're heading into spring, but with the weather still cool – or downright cold in some places – it’s still not time to hang out outside. Carving games with the X-Carve CNC machine and Easel software is a great way to spend time indoors.  If you have some ideas, you can create them Easel. But, if you just want to get carving, here are some projects you can import into your Easel account to get started faster. 3D Connect Four An old favorite was the Connect Four game . You can make your own 3D version of the game with a CNC machine and CNC software. You’ll need 1/8-inch bamboo plywood that 8 inches by 12 inches, 3/4-inch bamboo plywood that is 8 inches by 12 inches, a piece of 1/2-inch hard maple that is 6 inches by 12 inches, a piece of 1/8-inch walnut that is 6 inches by 12 inches, a piece of 1/2-inch walnut that is 6 inches by 12 inches, and a piece of 3/4-inch walnut plywood that is 8 inches by 12 inches. Cut out the pieces using the CNC software and CNC machine and follow the