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2016 free CNC projects

Vectric’s free projects come complete with thorough documentation, project files, including an item checklist and step by step instructions.

December 2016 – The Man Box

Ready to store all your neat stocking fillers you get for Christmas, Michael Tyler has created an iconic ‘Man-Box’. This project features a dress shirt and tie! Pulling on the shirt collar allows the lid to slide open and give access to the contents of the box (spare keys, change, watches, cufflinks, etc.).

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November 2016 – Christmas Sled

The Merry Christmas Sled project makes a delightful accent to your festive holiday decor!
The sled can be hung on a wall or door, leaned against a wall, in a corner, near a hearth, or rested flat on a table as a raised “serving tray” to place holiday snacks and goodies upon!

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October 2016 – Gate Keepers Key Holder

This project features four padlock models finished to look like aged metal, then incorporated with a wooden plaque as a truly unique and convenient wall mounted key hanger for you to enjoy! The padlocks were created in Aspire using reference photos of actual antique padlocks as guides during the modeling process.

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September 2016 – Rustic Welcome Sign

This Rustic Welcome Door Plaque will add homespun charm to the entrance for your house or holiday cottage! A simple silhouette of a cabin and the vertical welcome board will help to greet vistors and make them feel at home. The heavily-grained texture is entirely vector-based. Sets of irregular vectors were automatically generated with the “Create Repeating Vector Texture Tool” in VCarve (also in Aspire).

Two groups of vectors were profiled-on with a v-bit. Each vector group was set at different depths to yield the rough and weathered appearance. Very effective and quicker to machine than a 3D texture.

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August 2016 – Telephone Clock

This elegant and fun novelty clock is based upon the antique Model 50AL candlestick phone introduced in 1919 – the first free-standing tabletop dial telephone. Thus, began the era of rotary dial telephone sets which would span most of the 20th century.

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July 2016 – Pineapple Fruit Server

The Pineapple Fruit Server is an easy project you can cut in less than an hour and finish over a weekend. The pineapple shape is an iconic symbol of warmth, welcome, friendship and hospitality. The server makes a very nice addition to your family and friend gatherings!

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June 2016 – Jade & Ebony Box

This “Jade & Ebony” box project is all wood, yet has a realistic appearance of carved green jadestone. The casual onlooker will be convinced it’s the real thing! The “jade” effect was created with a fun marbleizing technique described in the finishing section of these instructions. The best part is, anyone can do it! The project uses the new Moulding Toolpath feature released to the public with Aspire (and VCarve) version 8.5 . This introduces an easy and efficient method to create nicely profiled mouldings of all kinds..

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May 2016 – Boat Hull Nautical Shelf

The “Boat Hull Nautical Shelf” is an attractive way to display small treasures for your home or office. The sample’s hull walls, shelves and boat tip were selectively stained. The edge trim and inside back panel were left a natural light color. The instructions included with the file outline the specific method to accomplish this.

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April 2016 – Neptune Soap Dish

This deep sea inspired soap dish is an easy to make project, carved and cut from 1″ x 6″ PVC trim board material found at any home center store. The sample imitates a thick-cast bronze metal block with a shallow shell motif dish and a seahorse ornament complimenting the oceanic theme. It is coated with thick bodied metallic paints and a patina applied to yield an aged appearance. Hidden weight (BB pellets) inside the block assembly gives a “heft” to add to the illusion it is made of cast metal.

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March 2016 – Beef, Poultry & Fish Trivets

Here is a handy set of three heat-resistant table or countertop trivets representing three of the carnivorous food groups – Beef, Fish and Poultry!

The samples were finished with heat resistant paints in contrasting colors (silver and black) but you could opt to forego the two-tone and just use one color paint instead. The project files are intentionally kept separate, but you can create your own multiple layout for creating as many trivets per board, as you wish.

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February 2016 – Gothic Wall Shelf

This month’s project was inspired by an antique Gothic-style niche shelf. The Aspire project is similar to the original in several ways, but redesigned to be a bit smaller. I call this one the “Petit Gothique” which means “small Gothic” in French. The back has two keyhole slots created with the Vectric Keyhole Toolpath Gadget. This makes a convenient method to securely hang the shelf unit on your wall.

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January 2016 – Hinged Spoon Rest

For this month’s project Michael Tyler has created an easy to make Spoon Rest project with a twist. This Vectric version features a hinged frame that swings up and over the bowl area to provide a built-in spoon handle support! Swing back over for compact storage. The slight angle of the handle support will help to keep drips from your spoons where they belong, in the spoon rest and off your counter top.

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Trial Version Users
If you are not currently a VCarve Pro, VCarve Desktop or Aspire customer or do not yet use the latest version of the release software, then you can access a selection of these projects which will work with the Trial version of each program. Follow this link to our Project of the Month Trial Software Page to view the range available.

Terms of Use: The projects and artwork are provided on the understanding that they will only be used with Vectric software programs. You may use the designs to carve parts for sale but the Files and/or Vectors, Components or Toolpaths within them (or any derivatives) may not be converted to other formats, sold to, or shared with anyone else. This project is Copyright – Vectric Ltd.