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Allen Massey

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Allen Massey
Kennesaw, Georgia

General Information

A little snowman for Christmas

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1

Resize the Snowman

1 minute

Select the entire snowman and right click on the the upper right handle of the selected box to resize the snowman to whatever size you like. I found that about 3.5 inches tall worked pretty well.

2

Check the toolpath

1 minute

Be sure that all the line are set as outline (on path) cuts that will completely cut through the material.
I used 1/4 inch thick oak and set the depth to .26 inches to ensure it was cut cleanly through. (note this may cut into your wasteboard slightly)

I found that turning off tabs worked better for this project since it is so small.

3

Select your bit

1 minute

For this project you are going to need a very small diameter endmill. I used a .0625 (1/16) inch tool.

Since the bit is so small be sure to check that your feedrate is reasonable (about 25 inches/min) and that the depth of cut is less that about .03 inches.

4

Clamp and cut

Secure your piece of wood to the waste board, I drilled a hole in each corner of the oak piece and used screws to hold it down.

Once the wood is secured, use Easel to cut out the snowman

5

Finish

10 minutes

After you have removed your snowman you will need to clean up the edges with a piece of sandpaper.

After it is sanded smooth, you can stain or paint however you wish. I just used a coat of clear stain to seal the wood and then sprayed a light coat of varnish over both sides.

6

Make more

I found that if you make another snowman about a half inch taller then they will “hold hands” so it is possible to make an entire snowman family if you wish.

David Haykus
Do you have a digital file for this you could post? I don't yet have any type of CNC from Inventables and I could probably adapt it to the lasers I have access to at my local Tech Shop. Thank you very much.
David Haykus