In need of advice

#1

So, I’ve been working on this carving board so that if I ever cook a turkey, I’m not doing it on the kitchen counter. I was going to come up with a simple design to cut into the top for drainage, then I started playing in Adobe Illustrator. This is what I have come up with:

Is it too complicated? will this work on the CNC router? or the laser cutter? The depth of the lines should be 1/4 inch or so. The width of the lines varies from 3/8 to ?

Thoughts? Suggestions??

If it is ok, what format file do I need to output from Illustrator to get into whatever is the best system?

So many questions, so little time!!
Thanks for your thoughts!
Anne

#2

Your design is certainly doable, consider using a round-nose cutter to make channels easier to clean. File output to a PDF or bitmap for conversion in Vcarve to generate G code for tool-paths. Please note wood-shop CNC is down for maintenance, probably for the next ten days.

#3

You may want to consider using a material other than wood, especially since you want to cut meat, as wood is hard to clean. I would suggest you try to get a piece of solid surface material (like Corian) from a countertop maker like the Top Shop. They may have a scrap sink cut out that would suit your needs. The cnc machine will cut this material with the same bits you would use for wood. Hope this helps.

#4

Hello.

Thank you for your suggestion, however I already have a piece of hardwood countertop that I will be using for this project.

Maybe for the next one I’ll try a solid surface material.

Anne