New CNC Cut : Anchorage To Talkeetna

When I was at our family’s cabin in the Talkeetna (Alaska) area last, my father gave me some birch from our property he’d felled, milled, and planed.  I brought that back to CA, and for the longest time have been thinking what to cut on it.

Realized it would make a great Christmas gift to give it back to them with some art.

As a test piece, since I’d never used this wood before, I turned some clouds from the SW corner of Jupiter’s Great Red Spot into a height map, and cut that.  It took 9 hours with rough + finish, mainly because of all the height variation and the 1/8″ tapered ballnose I used for the finish:

theSpot_web

Armed with that test success, I moved onto my next piece.

Using terrain2stl, I captured the terrain between my hometown (Anchorage) and the region our cabin is at (Talkeetna).  I cleaned this up in Autodesk Maya, added the text, and send this to MeshCAM where I generated the toolpath for my X-Carve CNC:

anch2talkeet_beauty_web anch2talkeet_angle_web

After a combined 6 hours for the rough, finish (both with a 3-flute upcut .25″ ballnose endmill), and pencil cleanup (on the text, with 1/8″ tapered 2-flute upcut ballnose) passes I did some sanding, stained it, then applied the paint for Cook Inlet, and the major rivers in the area.  Measure over a foot wide, and around 30″ tall.

Turned out beautiful, and I look forward to seeing it at our cabin next time I’m up there.

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