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Cat Paw Projects – Design for CNC – Free Download

October 1, 2014

DIY CNC Cat Paw Drink CoasterRev up that CNC machine …. It is time to fill your home with DIY cat paw ideas and projects! 

We have made new DIY CNC machine designs available for download. Free home DIY cat paw drink coasters, DIY cat paw mouse pads, or DIY cat paw wall prints; the possibilities are endless.

We have provided two different design download options to allow simple CNC cutting of both DIY drink coasters and DIY mouse pads.  That means at least a joyful addition to the home coffee table, or more fun behind the computer.

Cat Paw Coffee Coaster CNC DesignWhatever project use you can think of for this versatile design, you can simply re-size the image file in your favourite vector graphics design software and CNC cut the design any size you need.

The vector graphic and GCode files are simple two level 2.5D cutouts which can be machined in the workshop in minutes.

These cat prints make great DIY gifts for cat lovers and kids.  Whether from aluminium, wood, or acrylic, they are quick and cheap to make.

We cut a matching mouse pad and drink coaster set from aluminium backed high density plastic sheet to automatically get a strongly contrasting color in our finished project (per photos). This really brought up the 3D effect we were looking for in the designs.  With a final wet and dry sand papered scratch finish on the aluminium surface, they look great!

As with other free DIY CNC design downloads from HomeDIYStuff, the design files are provided free for private, non-commercial use and are in CVR (Ventric Cut2D) and GCode text formats. (Sorry, there’s no DXF or PDF file for this specific project this time).

The free download zip files for the Drink Coaster sized Cat Paw Print design can be downloaded from here.

The larger Mouse Cat Pad Paw Print Design can be downloaded from here.

IMPORTANT: Pause, before cutting your paws! 

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Another Free CNC Design Download

January 24, 2014

Free Download of CNC Designs from - DXF CRV GCode

Cat Paw Print Mouse Pad Design for DIY home CNC machining

cat_play_Cut2DFollowing the free walking happy cat CNC router cutout design posted last week, I have made a second similarly styled cat design available for others to download and use.  The download files are provided free for private, non-commercial use and are in CVR (Ventric Cut2D) , DXF and GCode formats.

The free downloads for this CNC design can be found here.

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DIY Wood Sealing Oil – Made Naturally

June 13, 2013
The sealed top surface of raw Japanese Pine beads water after months of outdoor exposure.

The sealed surface of raw Japanese Pine wood beads water beautifully after application of home-made DIY wood oil sealer.  The side surface fibers show how deeply the oil penetrates into the wood, as only the top surface is treated.

Here is a fantastically cheap and easy way to make a home-made preparation of DIY wood sealing oil.  It seals, revitalizes and protects exposed wooden surfaces from the sun, wind and rain for prolonged periods.

It’s great to splash on aging garden structures, or on graying wood around the home.  The non-toxic, natural ingredients can also be safely used indoors on coated furniture and in areas where children may be exposed, to give wood grains and finishes a refreshed shine.

The Secret Ingredients – Raid the Kitchen!

All that is needed is:

  • a standard bottle of vinegar
  • a bottle of canola cooking oil.

Add approximately 1/4 vinegar to 3/4 canola oil and then shake the mixture well to emulsify the oil.

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Renewing Japanese Paper Doors

February 5, 2013
Tatami Room with Shouji Doors

Tatami Room with Shouji Doors

Has the paper on your Japanese doors become messy, torn or discolored?   The paper is easily replaced as an afternoon’s DIY project.  We have outlined the important tips for changing the paper and ending with a neat job here.

Japanese paper doors, or shoji as they are named locally, can add great beauty and elegance to the interior of any home.

In traditional Japanese homes, they are associated with any number of tatami floored rooms throughout a house.  Even in modern Japanese home designs where Western styled living interiors have become the norm, there is often still at least one tatami room decorated in traditional Japanese lines and styles.  These come complete with paper doors.

One of the biggest problems with Japanese paper doors is that they require very regular maintenance – usually on a yearly basis.  The tight paper panels discolor quickly with age and also damage extremely easily.

The tight skins of paper are certainly not “poke resistant”, yet remain seemingly irresistible to little fingers.   Pets with a boisterous desire to play and visitors with wide hand gestures during conversation can also put paper doors at constant risk.

One hole, one tear, or one pushed out paper panel and the pristine look of an entire room is shattered.  Nothing looks worse in a Japanese tatami room than discolored, tattered and poorly maintained shoji!

With just a few very simple tips and care, a totally professional looking DIY job is easily attainable for almost anyone taking on this project.   Check our guide for changing the paper on Japanese Shoji doors here.