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Brian Stone
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L5R Card Guard

Post by Brian Stone » Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:54 pm

This is a little side project that I did yesterday. A friend of mine wanted an L5R (Legend of the Five Rings) Crane Clan card guard for playing poker. This chip is about 2.5" wide and 1/4" thick and is placed on top of your cards to prevent them from moving. Some people also use them as good luck charms.

It's milled from Redwood. I used a 30 degree v-bit to carve the details at 2000mm/min and 0.1mm step over. The detail is about 2mm deep. It was finished with fine sanding from 160 to 600 grit followed by a mahogany stain. I washed the inset regions with thinned black acrylic paint to make it darker. And finally sprayed on several coats of clear lacquer to give it a gloss finish.

Not half bad for a couple hours of work.
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ijv
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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by ijv » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:14 am

Pretty good indeed for a couple of hours work.

Whats the reason for using a v-bit to carve out the pockets?

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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by WillAdams » Wed Aug 19, 2015 2:23 am

Using a V-bit when engraving or carving allows the machine to lift out along the corners and intersections, making it possible to reduce the effective radius of the cut, resulting in finer details.
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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by ijv » Wed Aug 19, 2015 3:43 am

WillAdams wrote:Using a V-bit when engraving or carving allows the machine to lift out along the corners and intersections, making it possible to reduce the effective radius of the cut, resulting in finer details.
I get that bit, but wouldn't you use a ball or end mill to rough out the pocket and then finish off with the v-bit or is there something that I'm missing?

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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by WillAdams » Wed Aug 19, 2015 10:53 am

Tool changes are a pain and the V-bit leaves an interesting texture?
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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by Brian Stone » Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:24 pm

Yes, basically to avoid tool changes. But even with the v-bit stepping 0.1mm, the pocket operation only took a few minutes and the finish was sufficiently smooth. The other reason for doing that was because I cut out several blank disks all at once, since I plan on making several of these with different patterns. The Crane Clan model is just one of five models that I've since made.
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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by ijv » Wed Aug 19, 2015 11:46 pm

Cool! looks like I have some experimenting with v-bits to do.

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Re: L5R Card Guard

Post by Brian Stone » Fri Aug 28, 2015 5:53 pm

Here's the Phoenix Clan design. This one is hard maple with a very red gel stain. I'm not entirely happy with the way this one turned out. The maple has significantly less character than the redwood, and the clear lacquer didn't want to lay flat, it produced small bubbles. Maybe the stain needed to dry more. I'm going to try milling this out again, but this time I'll do it with African padauk without any stain. I'll just polish it.
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