Hack of the Week No.94

This hack was inspired by a finished project hack we received from Don Harding!  What a great looking green finish.

Our version of this "Luck of the Irish" decoration was created using models from these projects:

The font we used to simulate the v-carving on this layout is call:  Umber SSK

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

Don's inspirational finished piece! 

"This Plaque was Machined in Oak.
The Stain was hand mixed with Fast Sol Dyes
that I picked up at a finishing class 100 years ago.
I was hesitant on mixing with alcohol or water.
I mixed with alcohol and you see the results. GREAT!!
Blue (GN) Yellow 4 (GN) = GREEN I learned that
blue and yellow =green from my great granddaughter
she is 6.
Sealed with my usual Matte Clear spray.
Gotta go get another project to do."

Don this looks so nice!!! Thanks for sharing and inspiring this Hack of the Week!

His version uses the ribbon from the Home for the Holidays No.2 CNC project.

A Little Something Extra

If you were green with envy like we were with the finish that Don achieved with his dyes the following tip might be helpful. The dye really makes the texture and grain of the wood look great.  We wanted to simulate that inside of our Aspire software so we created a custom material image that comes close.

Click image to zoom so you can see the folder location.

If you right click on the Green Pine image you can choose "Save image as..." and save it to your Vectric Material Images folder it will be available for you to use.   Once you do that the Green Pine material will be available in your "Appearance" dropdown when setting up your Job Setup in Aspire, VCarve Pro or Desktop. 

Note: if you have your Vectric software open when you add any material to the materials folder you will need to restart your software before it will show in the dropdown.

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!

Be safe and let the chips fly!

The Design and Make Team

Saint Patrick's Day Hack From Don Harding


Don hacked his own hack to create this fun little St. Patrick's Day wall decoration.  

"The Jug was done on the Camaster Stinger I.
The Wood is Pine. 

The Paint was Emerald Green and the Sealer. Coat was Rust-olem 2X ultra cover Matte Clear"

He used the "Lucky Clover" from the Luck of the Irish No.1 project and the "Wine Bottle" from the Wine Bar No.1 project for his hack.

We love the pop of green it really makes the piece!  Nice choice of color Don!

If you're interested in knowing more about his first hack check out his first post. 

We also made a short video explaining how he made the hack so you can make your own for any occasion.

Thanks again Don for sharing your work with us!

We all need some of that Luck of the Irish!

Possible Layout

Another Possible Layout

We’ve all heard about the “Luck of the Irish” and how finding a four leaf clover is a sure sign of some good luck coming your way.  Now you can spread a bit of that luck with this St. Patrick’s Day inspired CNC project

All 6 Models

Assemble Layout

Project Sheet

This project includes 6 models:

  • Leprechaun No.1
  • Shamrock No.1
  • Harp No.1
  • Sign Shape No.2
  • Leprechaun Hat No.1
  • Lucky Clover No.1

Plus 1 Assembled Layout and Project Sheet for just $30.00

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

Hope you enjoy this project...

Comments Welcome!

Be safe and let the chips fly!

The Design and Make CNC Projects Team