Wooden Eco-Friendly Animal Plates

Materials List

 

Bamboo Lumber by the board – 30” x 8” needed for all 3 plates (bear, bunny, & cat)

 

5/16” End Mill router bit – for removing the material in the face and ears

 

½” Cove router bit – for rounding the perimeter of the face and ears

 

3/16” Round Nose router bit – for cutting out the plates

 

60 Degree V-groove router bit – for cutting the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers

 

1/8” Roundover router bit – for rounding the outside edge (top and bottom)

 

Fast Curing Epoxy Resin – for filling in the eyes, nose, mouth, and whiskers

 

Cutting Board Oil – Apply to the plates to finish and as need for refreshing

 

 

 

Step-by-step Instructions

 

  1. Plane the board (bamboo, maple, and teak all work well) to ½” deep

 

  1. Cut the board into pieces (size depends on the animal)
    1. Bear: 8”x9”
    2. Bunny: 8”x11”
    3. Cat: 8”x10”

 

  1. Mark the center of the board

 

  1. Clamp down the board

 

  1. Zero the x and y axes in the center of the board

 

  1. Insert your 5/16” bit

 

  1. Zero the z axis on the surface of the board

 

  1. Run the “pocket” file

 

  1. Insert your ½” cove bit

 

  1. Zero the z axis on the new surface you just flattened with your 5/16” bit

 

  1. Run the “cove” file

 

  1. Insert your V-groove bit

 

  1. Zero the z axis on the same surface as step 10

 

  1. Run the “face” file

 

  1. Make sure there is a level piece of scrap material under your board to prevent damage to the CNC

 

  1. Insert the 3/16” bit to cut out the plate

 

  1. Zero the z axis on the original ½” surface of the board
    1. You will have to temporarily move the board so the ½” portion of the material is under your bit, or:
    2. Use another ½” board to zero the z axis, or
    3. Flip the plate over before zeroing the z axis

 

  1. Run the “outside” file

 

  1. Remove the animal plate from the CNC

 

  1. Use a sharp knife or chisel to cut the tabs and remove the plate from the scrap

 

  1. Insert the roundover bit into a router (preferably a trim router) to round the outside edges on the top and bottom of the plate.

 

NOTE: Steps 22-25 are optional. I like to fill in the face grooves to make the plates easier to clean.

 

  1. Mix a small amount (5-10mL) of equal parts of the resin and hardener

 

  1. Pour the epoxy mixture into the v-grooves for the animal faces (I like to use pipettes for fine work like this)
    1. I usually overfill the grooves, since the epoxy will recede

 

  1. Let the epoxy mixture set for 24-28 hours

 

  1. Sand the hardened epoxy resin until it is level with the plate surface

 

  1. Sand with sanding blocks and steel wool until the plate is smooth (I like to use the foam sanding blocks to match the contours)

 

  1. Apply cutting board oil per the directions on the bottle

 

 

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