Rivers, CNC & a Circular cribbage board

I decided to do a bit of experimentation with the CNC and an older circular cribbage board that was just laying around. There is a nice 8″ blank in the middle of the board and why not try and fill it with something that the CNC could router out. Hmmm. what would look good?
A quick conversation with Steve and I was on the prowl for a map of the river systems of Southern Alberta.

I found a map on a Government of Alberta website, downloaded it and then loaded it into my trusty VCarve program to create a toolpath.
I loaded up the toolpath into the computer that runs the CNC and cut it out. After that I poured some leftover blue epoxy into the river system and let it dry. Once dry, I planed & sanded the epoxy off, and you can see the final result. I am pretty happy with it.

What did I learn from this?

  • A couple of things;
  • – you need a lot of tools to build something simple
  • – it’s good to have some spare projects to practice on
  • – when pouring epoxy, it’s even better to make sure that you have said projects to pour the extra into.

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