By RichardT | Created July 10th, 2020 | Published July 10th, 2020 | Updated July 10th, 2020
This should be a relatively easy project, maybe the first one you try with your new Shaper Origin. I used Acacia wood scraps from a recent build ... it's reasonably hard but cuts easily. In addition to cutting the shapes, you'll get to do some shaping with a rasp, or pocket knife maybe?
Files included (1)
Turtle Hair Clip.svg
Any hardwood, planed to ~3/8" thick
Sandpaper and finishing supplies
Shaper Origin with 1/8" spiral bit
Rasp (or coarse wood file)
Dremel tool with small ball grinding bit
I made the layout in SketchUp (primarily circles and arcs) and exported using the SVG extension. I included my hand in the pictures to provide a sense of size (approx 4"x3"), but you can certainly scale larger/smaller.
Steps to make this:
0) Download the svg file onto your Origin.
1) Secure the wood to your workstation with 2-sided tape, making sure to adequately cover all the pieces you'll be cutting.
2) Place the layout and cut out the pieces. I used a 1/8" bit since some of the angles are tight and the wood was ~3/8" thick.
3) Use the wood rasp and sandpaper to round over the edges and, well, make it look like a turtle.
4) Use the Dremel tool with a ball grinder to add the eyes and spots on the turtle's fins. If necessary, sand a bit more to get a smooth finish.
5) Use your favorite oil/lacquer/??? to seal and finish the wood. I used 2-3 coats of a wipe-on urethane which was easy to apply. I like the color of the wood so I didn't use any stain or dye.