I started this assignment with the intention of making an engraved rolling pin like the ones linked here. I do a lot of baking so I thought it would be a fun way to use the 4 Axis CNC. Things went awry..
I spent a long time turn the handles so that they comfortably fit the palms of my hands. I turned the dowel so that it was the length that I think would be the most helpful based on the recipes that I usually make.
Then came for the time for me to make the hole in the centre of the dowel. I bought a super long drill bit. I went to load my project onto the lathe but mysteriously the fixture that mounts a drill bit to the right most side of the lathe was missing.. I asked shop staff and Amitabh but we couldn’t find it or figure out an alternative. So this meant that I had to eyeball it with my own jig. This did not go well and resulted in an off centred hole which caused a very wobbly rolling pin 😦
I think the project is salvageable eventually I was disappointed so I switched gears to a new idea.
I’m feeling a little homesick lately so I decided to make a topographical map of my favourite place in Canada with the other mill. Here’s a screencap of the area. I decided to recreate a particular valley.
I traced over the image in illustrator to create the levels.
Then I separated them out into layers.
And then sent each one to the other mill for adjustments. I love the other mill. The interface is so so good.
I milled the designs into a small piece of cedar that I got in the Yukon. It smelt incredible.
Then I decided to cut a couple layers out of this copper coated aluminum to add to the piece. These little layers mark the areas where I camped the last time I was in the Yukon.
I got this copper coated aluminum from Home Depot and it mills very poorly. Next time I’m just going to use copper plates.
Regardless, here’s the final project and I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a nice sentimental object – and it smells incredible.