June 14 - June 21, 2024 "Animal Projects" Contest

Hi everyone! Thank you for sharing your lessons learned from LongMill projects.

We are happy to announce that Shawn P Palmer, Tim Goodyke, Spamming Eddie, Andre Arseneault, Don Rideout, and Jim Shuler, are the something learned projects contest winners. A prize is on its way!

This week’s theme is “animal projects.” Share your favorite animal-themed projects for a chance to win free swag!

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I do a lot of animal work. Mostly, I get requests for dogs that have passed. I mostly used laser on Teak for such projects, with various results. Teak, and specifically root teak, is pretty inconsistent wood, with lighter and darker wood running amok across the piece. The lighter wood does not react well with the laser settings that work well on the darker wood, leaving the result in the realm of chance.

This has haunted me for a good amount of time, until I began using paint as an in-between medium to mitigate the problem.

Since I also like fence wood, which also does not work well with laser or milling, I am experimenting with simpel silhoutte pockets and paint to create color images. It’s a fun proces that combines a bit more handwork next to the precision carving and lasering. For now, I have done a simple seagull and a mouse. It seems to work, so I think I am going to do more elaborate projects in this direction.

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“Animal Projects” contest. This is a maple end grain butcher block. It is 2 inches thick and the butterfly is all inlaid with exotic woods. Purple heart, Yellow heart, Carrabean rosewood, Paduch, domestic Walnut. It took about 2 weeks to complete on the Longmill.