Millable wooden ornaments

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Paul Kaplan

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Paul Kaplan

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Simple, beautiful 3D star ornaments milled from 1/8" hardwoods

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Material Description Price
African Mahogany Wood

African Mahogany Wood

6" × 12" × 1/8" African Mahogany




6" × 12" × 1/8" Walnut


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4" star with 1/8" cutout


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Create the star outline

I used my Snowflake Generator to create a star SVG.


Make the interlocking notch

I used Illustrator to create a 1/8" notch halfway into the star design. This allows the two pieces to slide into each other since the wood is 1/8".


Use MakerCAM to generate toolpaths

The free online toolpath generation site MakerCAM is perfect for easily generating simple profile and pocket paths. For this design, all I needed was a simple outside profile down to the material height, which is 1/8"


Fire up the CNC mill

I milled these on a Shapeoko 2. I made these shapes one at a time, although it would be quicker to create two shapes in MakerCAM. It only took 3 minutes to cut out each star!