Guide for carving

Smaller peices can be surrounded by peices of sheet of the same thickness.
Larger pieces could be a bit tricky once you start working the entire surface as in the picture.

Im thinking of tensioned cables, allthough that would be the same as the jig in the instrucktable link…

Or somekind of ring around the sled… Though you then will need to have a very big maslow even for small workpieces. :slight_smile:

or octopus arms / spider legs on the sled…

I was thinking about drilling a grid of holes, putting in T nuts (1/4"/6mm), and making some side and top pieces that would screw through them for side and top guards. Assuming standard thicknesses you could stack 1/8, 1/4, and 1/2 inch (or the metric versions) to make up standard sheet thicknesses. The sides could be the same height as the frame (plus some overrun) so only the horizontal pieces would need to have different sizes. Wouldn’t need tight fits since the sled will span a decent sized gap. I planned to use different thickness backer boards so the bottom of the frame could have a fixed stick-out.

My first mini CNC router had a t-nutted table that worked well. They might have been the only things I didn’t hit and snap bits on.


really look at the raptor composite nails ( ) do a really good job of
holding things in place, and don’t damage anything if you hit them

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That nailed it with screws!

I should have mentioned that I used nylon thumbscrews (and wood holddowns), got a bag of 100 cheap. They’re easy to cut through, although if you set your safe height lower than the head they’ll still break small bits


i don’t think there will be any original material to ride on, i want all of the surface curved, so it all has to be trimmed even a little.

i think i’d take the ‘walk on the wild side’ approach. i have no idea what wood is used there, maybe (on the really wild side) i could laminate my own plywood with even more contrasting colors.

If this setup works, stuff like this becomes possible

PS maybe i should rename the topic because small workpieces are not really the problem.


please do, it 's just one word that needs to be changed…

It would be great if these were compatible with a Dewalt finish nailer.

Have you used the hand nailed ones at all?

Might be an option for those of us that don’t want to buy another nailer :slight_smile:

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no, I’ve only used them with air nailers. I don’t see any reason they wouldn’t
work with any finish nailer

This is handy enough, and nailers are cheap enough that it’s worth having one
always loaded with these nails at the CnC

What kind of nailer are you using? The one the nail vendor sells cost about the same as a maslow kit.


My understanding is you can hammer these in without a nailer. Of course a nailer is more convenient.

Thank you

harbor freight has nailers for $20. I need to load the nails in it and test it

Remember, this isn’t going to be something you are using like a production shop
would a regular nailer, this is just going to hold things in place, so a handful
of nails per thing that you mount (as opposed to many dozens of nails to asseble
a cabinet)

using brads and pins, you are not going to be able to do this by hand

I need to fire this up tonight and report on the success with the harbor freight


Looking forward to hearing the results.

Unfortunately, my little workshop doesn’t have air :frowning:

Any report on using the Raptor brad with the HF brad nailer?

I ended up shipping all the nails I had on hand to @gero I haven’t heard if he’s had a chance to try them.

Hey @dag83, I like the idea. This is the first time I’ve seen the thread.

I was considering something similar, except more like a box cut into the face of the Maslow. Rather than having a box protruding up, the box would be set back from the face of the Maslow. The sled would be tall enough to contact both above and below the box at the same time. This would effectively enable 3D milling within the box. The only modification would be the box cutout; there could potentially be use for a larger sled to span a bigger box.

What do you think?

That will work.

remember that you don’t need a full box, just something to hold the material being cut (consider leaving out the bottom so that sawdust will fall away for example)

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