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ShapeOko 2 tutorial – Dominion turntable – part 6

If you missed part 5, please find it here.

The material

My friend chose to have the Dominion turntable milled from glued laminated timber called Acajou – a type of mahogany with a very nice reddish-brown color. This particular piece of timber is 26 mm thick and is cut to a width that fits within the frame of my ShapeOko 2.

I pushed the timber against one side of the frame and clamped it down in one side and tightened it against the side with a couple of small wedges – I had no room to do it differently.


Now, we start by running the Limit=-17 file in the x-direction, then the Limit=-16 file in the y-direction, then the Limit=-15 file in the x-direction and so on – alternating the direction all the way down to Limit=-1 which I run in both directions.

I do this to get as close to the final surface as possible. If I just ran the files in one direction I would risk to have to cut one or two millimeters off the sides of the holes in my last run, because VisualCADCAM will always move the cutter by 2,8 mm (the step distance in this case) each time it makes one pass across the timber – whether it fits the edges of the holes perfectly or not!

I made some films just to show you the process. They all play at 8 times the normal speed. In reality it takes from about five minutes for the smallest files to 25 minutes for the largest files to run.

Part 7.

New season

It’s been a long and nice summer and it’s been a while since my last post. But now I’m back in woodworking mode. πŸ™‚

A fiend of mine asked me if I can make a Dominion turntable on my ShapeOko 2. The turntable should look a little like this one but with some changes to his likings and made from a nice hardwood. This is a challenge and an opportunity that I cant pass.

It’s a challenge because I have to make two halves since the ShapeOko 2 has an effective working area of 290×290 mm.

And it’s an opportunity because I can make it a tutorial presenting some of the tools I find useful when working with my ShapeOko 2.


Home sweet home

This is my first attempt on making intarsia (made some time ago). The pattern is made by Judy Gale Roberts and Jerry Booher and was published in Scrollsaw Woodworking & Crafts, Issue 8. Most of the picture is made from pine (the eyes and nostrils are made from a piece of scrap hardwood I had in the shop – Itaube, I believe). I stained the pine in two different shades of cherry and finished with a clear lacquer on top. Even if everything is made from pine, I still made every piece separately to place the grain as suggested in the plans.

Home sweet home

Home sweet home

I discovered a nice thing about making intarsia: Even if you have a plan it is very much possible to personalize the picture as you may wish. πŸ™‚ When it comes to the work itself I realized that there is a good reason why people, who often make intarsia, have invested in sanding equipment as Kirjes, which have inflatable sanding drums. In my case I used a rubber drum in the drill press, a belt sander, a disc sander, sanding paper and a lot of elbow grease. A big task but I’m quite pleased with the result.

Wooden clock – part 2

If you missed part 1 please find it here.


For the frame of the clock I decided to use a dark hardwood so it would be a contrast to the gears made from birch plywood. I decided to use Itaube, an oil rich type of hardwood from Brazil with a nice reddish brown (sometimes almost orange) color. Most of all I chose that kind of wood because it was the nicest dark wood my local timber yard had in store. πŸ™‚

In Denmark Itaube is mostly used for making terraces because of its durability so the board I bought at the timber yard had grooves on one side (which didn’t suit my purpose very well). What to do? I went to our local carpenter who was kind enough to run it through his planer for me to get rid of the grooves. The board was now just 16 millimeters thick but much nicer than I could have made it myself using a hand held planer. The funny thing is: When you sand Itaube it turns a kind of gray but after a couple of days the reddish brown color comes back (I don’t know why but I guess it has something to do with the oil content).

The backside of the frame looks like an inverted cross with cutouts on both the vertical and horizontal board so the assembled frame has the same thickness as the individual board (that kind of joins probably have a name which I’m not aware of). I made the cutouts using my router table and a hand saw (see photo number 2). On the last photo all the pieces are ready for assembly. I chose to use both dowels and glue for assembling the frame to make it stronger.

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Β Holes for the axles and a first test

The first photo shows the finished frame (assembled but not glued) and all the gears. I chose to drill all the holes in the front and the back at the same time – and one pair at a time! Since my gears are handmade inaccuracies can’t be avoided, so I drilled one pair of holes and used the gears to find the placement of the next pair of holes (see photo number 2).

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