Today I'm putting up my Christmas Tree... not just any Tree, a Slot together Plywood Tree! I thought I'd design and make this Christmas Tree project as part of our Free Vectric 12 Days of Christmas Projects. This is a very simple part to create that just contains 2D toolpaths! This project is fairly straight forward – the file contains two test pieces for you to cut prior to cutting out the tree itself – with all slot together projects its good practice to run test pieces that have differing overcuts to check for fit suitability. (Ensure that you alter the slot sizes according to the thickness of material that you are using, and alter the fillet radius to that of the tool you plan to use - refer to the video for more information on this) Once happy with the slot fit – make a note of what the overcut was and then alter the allowance for the “Tree Cutout” Toolpath (Refer to the Video for more information on this)
- Machine Type:
- CNC Router
- Machine Time:
- < 1 hour
- Bit or Laser Size:
- 0.25" End Mill
- Feeds & Speeds:
- Ply Wood
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.