I love Christmas and get mega excited about the big day, and I think one of the most exciting things about Christmas is the build up itself! As I'm such a big kid I thought I'd design and make this Christmas Countdown project as part of our Free Vectric 12 Days of Christmas Projects. This is a two piece project - One is the main Count Down Block that consists of a VCarve Toolpath for the "Sleeps 'till Christmas" text, A female Pocket inlay to insert the Male Inlay part of the countdown (this is just MDF that I have painted in chalk paint) so that the Chalk Board (Male insert) is glued into the female pocket so that it is stood proud of the count down and provides a really nice contrast - that being the Black on the Cherry wood that I used in this example!
- Machine Time:
- < 1 Hour
- Bit or Laser Size:
- 0.25" End Mill, 90 Degree 0.5" VBit
- Feeds & Speeds:
- Cherry and MDF
I created a video for the project here:
I have attached a zip file which includes two sets of files to make this super easy to machine. The first set
contains the vectors and toolpath information ready for you to output the toolpaths, for this option, you will need
to either own Vectric software or download the FREE trial software, where you will be able to output the gcode
for this project. You can download the Trial software here.The second set includes the vectors for you to use in your own CAD/CAM software package.
NB: If you plan to cut this project please ensure that you recalculate all toolpaths using settings that are safe and appropriate for your machine, the tools you have and the material you are using.