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Halloween Gravestone for Zero (Nightmare Before Christmas)

Discussion in 'CNC Projects' started by Giarc, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. Giarc

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    I wanted to add a new gravestone to the foam Halloween graveyard and thought Zero's would be a great addition. So with this picture, and various similar projects on the internet as my inspiration, I bought a 4' X 8' sheet of 2" (actually 52.5 mm on average) pink foam insulation board and started cutting.
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    First, I used a table saw to cut the 4' x 8' sheet into four 2' x 4' pieces. I used two of them for each doghouse gravestone (4" thick total). I made one for me and one for a friend. I had drawn the outline of the "doghouse" and saved it to three different files for modification for the three different cuts:
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    I drew and scanned this the low tech way with a pencil and paper and traced with a black sharpie. It was "trace bitmap-ed" in Inkscape to sharpen it up:
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    Using Fengrave (engrave function) I sized it so it could be cut from the remaining foam in the doghouse door using three passes of 17.5 mm each with a 1/8" endmill. The "second cut" foam remained attached to the table for the second cut, engraving of the letters, and cutting Zero's skull and crossbones. I wanted the bones and skull to be recessed so I sliced them in half (1 inch thick) on a band saw making two copies.
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    I also cut the cross from some foam scrap after doing a quick sketch:
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    Here it one glued up prior to painting. I cut a bunch of 1/4"x 2"x 4 1/2" strips with the band saw, which I then cut the shingle shapes out of on the scroll saw. I stacked about 4-6 of them to speed the cutting.
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    Finally, I broke out the rattle cans and, after priming with interior/exterior latex, I painted them. Spray paint by itself ate the foam. Finished product:
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  2. Kyo

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    Very Cool !
     
  3. Mark Carew

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    This is a great project! @Giarc well done my friend :thumbsup:
     
  4. Giarc

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  5. MaryD

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    Looks awesome!
     
  6. Giarc

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    Thanks.

    Just finished up my sabertooth skeleton. I put a couple red leds in the eye sockets with the battery pack hidden behind the pelvis.
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  7. Giarc

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    Here they are together. I can only claim Zero's grave as my handywork besides the sabertooth skeleton. The stacked op pavers are for an unrelated project.;)
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  8. MaryD

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    That turned out great!
     
  9. Anthony Bolgar

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    Cool!
     
  10. Giarc

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    Thanks!
     
  11. wastelandfab

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    Wow! That looks great! That took some creative thinking.
     

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