Those that have followed this blog for a while may have noticed the recent lack of CNC router posts. Partly, this was because of other things I was working on (Servo light – graffiti, new lathe, etc). More recently though, my router computer kicked the bucket. I’ll post more on that later, but after seeing this knife holder on Reddit, I had an idea that needed to be made.
The original Greco-Roman warrior model was made for kitchen knives, so for dart use I reduced the model down by a factor of 1/2 using Draftsight. 1/4 inch plywood and glue was then used to create this dart holder with my ZTW CNC router. A magnet holds the dart as shown in the pictures after the “read more.” I neglected the crest piece because the first one didn’t turn out very well, and I was excited/in a rush to get it done.
If you want to make one for yourself, here’s the DXF package (including the middle crest piece), and the Gcode that I used to make everything. The middle piece is not included in the Gcode package for now.
The DXFs and Gcode are made for a CNC router using a 1/8 inch mill. The middle may still need some work, since it wasn’t used. This little warrior was routed using an older version of the Zen Toolworks 7 x 12 CNC (also available from Amazon), which I’ve written extensively about in my CNC category.
I did the CAM work on this with CAMBam, but the original was made with Estlcam. Christian was nice enough to give me a copy to try out, so expect a review soon!
If you’re looking for a good free program to open up and modify drawing files, be sure to check out my review of Draftsight for Windows or Ubuntu Linux. If you are wondering how I made the sweet rotating warrior GIF to your right, here’s a tutorial that I made.
BTW, thx ArduinoUno for cleaning up and “Englishifying” the original drawing.