Using fancy materials can be fun, but it really isn't always necessary to kick out nice looking finished pieces. I wanted to illustrate this by using cheap popsicle sticks as the main raw material to create an elegant looking desk clock. First I glued-up a block of them and then put it through our Carvey CNC Router. Not everything went as expected but the finished piece overall accomplished the overall mission.
Inventables Carvey CNC Router (Discontinued, but here is a comparable machine)
Black and Decker Belt Sander
Dewalt Random Orbital Sander
Rainbow Popsicle Sticks
Titebond III Wood Glue
Satin Wipe-On Poly
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