Customer Focus - Ian Martin

Ian Martin has taken one of our most popular projects (Home for the Holidays No.2) and created a multifunctional centerpiece.   His layout looks great for the holidays but could be modified for lots of other events!  

"I made it as a hostess gift.  It's cherry with just a simple shellac & poly finish."

Finished Candle Holder

"I used Aspire, and carved on my Shark HD2 Pro.  Adding a second finish pass using a 1/16th ball nose cleaned it up nicely.  Dremel tool with sanding disks for a quick sanding.  It was used with 3 candles for a few nights and also with just 1 candle and condiment dishes in the outside holders."

Excellent idea to use the left and right candle sockets as a space to hold a candy or condiment dish. 

"Family & Friends - Happiness"

Ian's layout could be easily modified for almost any occasion.  Use the names of a newlywed couple for a great wedding gift or maybe create a house-warming gift for a new homeowner.  Even better remove the holly and berries and hack in leaves, from the Thanksgiving No.2 CNC project, to create a fall centerpiece!  Lots of options!!!

Thanks Ian for the great inspiration and taking the time to share your finished project with us!

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Hack of the Week No.123

"Love the Wine you're With" Wine Bottle Coaster

Trying to find a unique gift for a wedding or anniversary celebration?   With the release of our Wine Bar No.2 project making a wonderful and customized one of a kind gift is within your reach! 

"Love the Wine you're With"

This wine bottle coaster was created using models from these projects:

Fonts used are:

  • Pristina, Palatino Linotype

Note - This hack was assembled in Aspire V8 for presentation purposes.  It could have been done in VCarve Pro V8 or VCarve Desktop.

Why not hack together your own layout mixing and matching models from other projects or from your own library!  For some great inspiration check out our  hacks page!

Wine pairs nicely with a Design and Make CNC project!

Possible Layout

Another Possible Layout

All 11 Models

Assembled Layout

Project Sheet


This project includes 11 models:

  • Grapes No.2
  • Grape Leaf No.2
  • Grape Leaf No.3
  • Grape Vine No.1
  • Grape Vine No.2
  • Grape Vine No.3
  • Grape Vine No.4
  • Wine Bottle Coaster No.1
  • Wine Bottle Coaster No.2
  • Wine Bottle Coaster No.3
  • Wine Coaster No.1

Plus 1 Assembled Layout and 3 Project Sheets for just $30.00

Order and Download it today!

Above are a few other very quick layouts that just might get you inspired!

Hope you enjoy this project...

Comments Welcome!