Dacha Sign Carving


Our Datcha Sign Carving

Our Dacha Sign Carving

The Our Dacha sign carving comes from having spend some time in Russia, I had time to see a number of dacha’s or country houses. The idea behind a Dacha is fantastic. Wikipedia say the following:

Dachas are very common in Russia, and are also widespread in most parts of the former Soviet Union and some countries of the former Eastern Bloc. It was estimated that in 1995 about 50% of Russian families living in large cities had dachas. Most dachas are in colonies of dachas and garden plots near large cities, that have existed since the Soviet era, which consist of numerous small, typically 600 square metres (0.15 acres), land plots. They were initially intended only as recreation getaways of city dwellers and for the purpose of growing small gardens for food. Dachas are used today for fishing, hunting, and other leisure activities, and growing garden crops remains popular, still seen as an important part of dacha life.

The Our Dacha sign carving is made from 3 types of wood linked by brass fittings.

Our Dacha sign carving: Design Process

The following single Artcam Express reliefs creates the scene. The Artcam Express reliefs are available for downloading in the store, and the first three Artcam express is free when you register. Every three months you will receive a coupon to download another five reliefs.

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The sequence we used to create the Our Dacha sign was:

  • The Artcam Express reliefs of the bases are placed 5 mm from the left side of the wood. The relief is 21 mm high.
  • The dolphin reliefs were place 10 mm from the side of the block and the height was 34 mm
  • The relief text of “Our Dacha” is place 10 mm from the top and right side of the wood. The relief high is 8 mm.  

 

There is no single image for the design as it was made in various sub sections as will be discussed in the next section.

Our Dacha sign carving: Carving Part

The CNC router setup for carving of the Our Dacha Sign was as follows:

  • The workpiece for the two base reliefs are 530 mm by 170 mm with a width of 21 mm. The material used is American Poplar. You can read about this wood type carving and general propertiesWe used a Ball Nose 1/4 Inch for both the roughing and finishing cutting. The number of carving layers was 2 in total, 1 roughing and then the final cut to produce the cat’s spirit carving. 
  • The workpiece for the two Dolphin reliefs are 530 mm by 220 mm with a width of 34mm. The material used is South African Pine. You can read about this wood type carving and general propertiesWe used a Ball Nose 1/4 Inch for both the roughing and finishing cutting. The number of carving layers was 2 in total, 1 roughing and then the final cut to produce the cat’s spirit carving. 
  • The workpiece for the text reliefs are 300 mm by 160 mm with a width of 10mm. The material used is American Cherry wood. You can read about this wood type carving and general propertiesWe used a Ball Nose 1/8 Inch for both the roughing and finishing cutting. The number of carving layers was 2 in total, 1 roughing and then the final cut to produce the cat’s spirit carving. The ball nose diameter is 0.24 inches. The tool is from Amana Tools via Toolstoday online shop.
  • The feed rate was at 100 inches and the plunge rate at 30 inches per minute.
  • The spindle speed was at 15,000 r.p.m

The time to complete the Our Dacha Sign was 24 hours. The scene was then lightly sanded and polished. The scene was sealed using Woodoc 30. Three layers of Woodoc 10 was applied with sanding and polishing between the first two layers.

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