Enhancing Existing Items with your CNC

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Enhancing Existing Items with your CNC

Post by Atonwa » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:25 pm

I thought I would share this so maybe someone else could use the idea. Our friends purchased a lake cottage last year and we got to spend some time up there. It's small so space for tables is pretty limited but I came across this set of folding end tables at our local goodwill. I thought it would make a great gift for having us up to the lake so much last year.

A little sanding, clean up and a quick carve on the S3 and you have custom designer style furniture.

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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by FargoPhil » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:39 pm

Very cool. What did you use to fill the carving?

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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by Atonwa » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:44 pm

The table had a dark stain so I just took a very small cut at .02" deep. The contrast looked great so I just sealed the entire top with some clear shellac to protect the exposed wood.

The pattern is nice because there is enough positive and negative space plus a small depth of cut makes sure your glass isn't wobbly.
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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by twforeman » Wed Feb 10, 2016 4:47 pm

Wow, that looks very nice!
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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by FargoPhil » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:10 pm

Did you have to probe the surface? Or was the table flat enough to just go with it? I might have to stop by some thrift stores on the way home tonight. :)

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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by Atonwa » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:33 pm

These two were flat in the center with just the areas of the N and S that fell away. I simply ran the design, then ran just the N and S slightly deeper.

I now carry a small 12" straightedge in my pocket when I go "thrifting". Too far out and it's no dice unless I plan to just flatten the whole surface and refinish.
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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by Atonwa » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:04 pm

Here is another one I just finished up. It will be up for sale by the end of the day.

Nice little buffet that we found at the flea market this summer. Picture makes it look way nicer in shape than it was. It is craftsman made, all the pencil marks are still on it from layout in the hidden areas and its super well made.

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It had these great handles on it that cleaned right up with a pretty interesting pattern.

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So off to AutoCAD to try and decipher the layout pattern.

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A quick carve on my S3 after shimming the board flat.

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And the final product all stripped, sanded, stained and sealed. This should make a great piece for someone in a small home or apartment.

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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by FargoPhil » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:12 pm

Good stuff!

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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by twforeman » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:16 pm

Wow, that's some nice work. That's a neat looking piece too.
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Re: Dressing up boring furniture

Post by Atonwa » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:44 pm

Hey thanks guys. If this is beneficial I can keep posting up my own projects that I'm putting out.

I get to do a lot of other cool things but since they are customer jobs I can't always post them up. Anybody else have some pieces they did some CNC work on?
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