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Faux Wood Slab K-Cup Holder/Dispenser
Designed for Vectric™ by Michael Tyler
Sample Carved with:
ShopBot Buddy
PRSalpha BT48
®
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One of the most popular home beverage
systems today is the single-cup coffee
maker. Hot chocolates, teas and other hot
beverages can be dispensed from many of
these machines in addition to a variety of
coffee flavors and blends. Most of these
systems use a standard-size cup container
that holds a flavored concentrate for
mixing with hot water. These cups are
commonly known as K-cups.
This project provides a useful way to
organize and store up to twenty K-cups
conveniently nearby your home beverage
machine. The storage holder rotates on a
small Lazy Susan bearing to view your
beverage selections.
The design and finishing
technique gives the
appearance that the
holder was made from
slices and slabs of small
logs or branches with the
bark left on them. This
will fit well with any
country kitchen theme or
even as a nice design
contrast in a more
contemporary kitchen
environment.
The dimensions are about
7 " Round x 12 " Tall.
Main items you will need:
1) The Project Files (included):
• Base-and-Top.crv3d
• Four_K_Panels.crv3d
• Pentas_K_Panel.crv3d
2) Material with these dimensions:
Base and Top:
0.75 " x 9 " x 23.5 "
Four K Panels:
0.75 " x 9 " x 23 "
Pentas_K Panel: 0.75 " x 11 " x 13 "
3) Eight #6 x 0.5 " screws, drill and 3/32 "
drill bit, 4 " Lazy Susan bearing
4) Wood glue, CA glue (super glue),
sandpaper, clamps, wood stain and/or
paint and clear finish
5) A Dremel-type rotary tool with
assorted sanding wheels and bits
CNC Bits used for the Sample:
0.125 " Tapered Ball Nose (BN)
0.25 " Down-Cut End Mill (DC EM)
60° V-Bit
Designed by Michael Tyler - February 2015
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Faux Wood Slab K-Cup Holder/Dispenser
STEP 1 - Open and Review the Project Files
Open the file(s) in your Aspire software. (fig. 1)
Base-and-Top.crv3d
(cont.)
STEP 2 - Run the Project
When you are satisfied with your settings, save the
toolpaths to the appropriate Post Processor for your
machine, place your material on your machine bed and
proceed to run the files. (fig. 2a, 2b)
fig. 2a
fig. 2b
Four_K_Panels.crv3d
STEP 3 - Release Parts from Material
Separate the parts from the material, then sand off any
tab remnants and undesirable toolmarks.
(fig. 3a, 3b,)
fig. 1
Pentas_K_Panel.crv3d
Carefully review all the toolpaths and make any
necessary changes to suit your particular bits and
machine. The toolpaths are currently set with feeds,
speeds and pass depths that were used in creating the
original sample. Please don’t use them directly until
you review them for your own setup. It is VERY
IMPORTANT to recalculate all toolpaths after
making any edits/changes. Preview all toolpaths
again to visually verify the project outcome on-screen
before running the files.
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fig. 3a
fig. 3b
(cont.)
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STEP 4 - Panel Parts Prep and Assembly
Apply masking tape to the backside ends of the five
bark slab panels. Cover about .5 " at each end. The tape
leaves the wood “bare” for glue-up to follow. Apply
two or three coats of full-strength Zinsser Seal Coat
(a 100% wax-free shellac) to both sides of the panels
and the pentagon shapes.
You won’t have
access to the
interior of the
panel assembly
later, so this will be
the final finish for
the interior. If you
would rather stain
the inside first,
before applying the
Seal Coat, then do it now. (fig. 4a)
(cont.)
STEP 5 - Finish Application
Apply three coats of Seal Coat on both sides of the
base and top components. Allow to dry. (fig. 5a)
fig. 5a
fig. 4a
After the Seal Coat is dry, remove the masking tape
and glue the panels to the pentagon shapes. Apply
wood glue and a few drops of CA glue to “tack” the
parts in place during assembly. You can use Zip Kicker
accelerant to instantly set the CA glue. Clamp with
band clamps until dry. (fig. 4b, 4c)
Apply acrylic craft paint in “bark and wood” colors to
the “bark” areas. I used dark brown as a base coat, then
stippled, dry-brushed and pounced lighter browns and
greys to the rough bark surfaces. (fig. 5b, 5c, 5d, 5e, 5f)
fig. 5b
fig. 5c
Apply dark brown paint
fig. 5d
fig. 4b
Apply lighter paints
fig. 5e
Wipe off paint in
circular motion
Dark brown around edge
fig. 5f
fig. 4c
All parts painted and Krylon clearcoat applied
(cont.)
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STEP 6 - Final Assembly
After the finish is dry, glue the
panel assembly centered onto
the smooth round component.
Allow to dry. (fig. 6a)
(cont.)
Finally, while the assembly is still upside down, glue
the “growth ring” slab to the top of the assembly,
“eyeballing” the center. Weigh down and allow to dry.
(fig. 6f)
fig. 6a
Place the bearing into the pocket of the bark base part.
Make sure the outermost offset holes line up with the
access hole. Mark and drill pilot holes then install the
bearing with four #6 x 0.5 " screws. (fig. 6b, 6c)
fig. 6f
IN CONCLUSION
I hope you enjoyed making your Faux Wood Slab KCup Holder! As a final finishing touch, you may want
to apply cork or silicon rounds to the base surface.
Happy Carving!
fig. 6b
fig. 6c
Flip the assembly over and place the bearing into the
pocket of the panel assembly base. Make pilot holes
and install four more screws via the access hole.
(fig. 6d, 6e)
fig. 6d
fig. 6e
(cont.)
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Materials Source Page
• 3M Radial Bristle Discs from www.mcmaster.com
(stack 3 discs at a time on your rotary tool mandrel)
80-grit: part # 4494A19
220-grit: part # 4494A18
Krylon Clear Gloss and Flat Acrylic
from WalMart™
Items Purchased at Home Depot™or Lowes™
• Zinsser Bulls Eye Seal Coat (100% wax-free clear shellac)
• #6 x 0.5 " screws
• Sandpaper
• Disposable Brushes and Paint Rags
Items Purchased at Amazon.com
• Shepherd Hardware #9547 4" Lazy Susan Turntable Bearing
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001EI2SL6/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl_encoding=UTF8&colid=4TPOMQHB
IJMY&coliid=I3S9HZAB9U
Other Lazy Susan Bearing Sources:
• Rockler.com - http://www.rockler.com/low-profile-lazy-susans
NOTE: Direct weblinks and prices were valid at time of this writing, but can change at any time. If links don’t
work, then try visiting the website’s home page and do a Search for the item to get directed to a current/valid page.
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IMPORTANT: Before outputting any toolpaths you should carefully check all part sizes and the material setup to
make sure they are appropriate for your actual setup.You should also check and re-calculate all toolpaths with safe
and appropriate settings for your material, CNC machine and tooling.
Terms of Use: This Project and artwork is provided on the understanding that it will only be used with Vectric
software programs. You may use the designs to carve parts for sale but the Files and/or Vectors, Components or
Toolpaths within them (or any derivatives) may not be converted to other formats, sold to, or shared with anyone
else. This project is Copyright 2015 - Vectric Ltd.
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