Wooden Game Maze Puzzle with Steel Ball Bearing CNC Project Using Amana Tool® CNC Router Bits

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Watch as we create this Wooden Game Maze Puzzle with Steel Ball Bearing in 1-1/2” thick Oak and a 1/8” thick Acrylic using Amana Tool® industrial solid carbide and carbide tipped CNC router bits.

Andy Glass from Glass Impressions takes the following steps to create this custom Maze Puzzle:

Step 1
Amana Tool’s 1-1/4” diameter Mini Spoilboard CNC Solid Carbide Insert Knife Router Bit #RC-2247 removes 1/8” of the oak to cut the pocket for the acrylic lid.

Step 2
Amana Tool’s 1/4” diameter Solid Carbide Spiral Flute Plunge Router Bit #46316 cuts two 3/8” holes for the alignment pins. Then, using a finishing pass, Andy cleans up the sides of the pockets he earlier cut for the acrylic.

Step 3
Amana Tool’s 3/8” diameter Solid Carbide Double Flute Ball Nose Spiral Router Bit #46378 creates the channel the ball bearing will fit in. Andy uses three passes in this step.

Step 4
Amana Tool’s 30° Solid Carbide Insert Knife V-Tip #RCK-360 mounted to In-Groove™ tool body #RC-1075 engraves the words "Start, Flip and Finish" into the Oak.

Step 5
Andy turns over the oak and repeats the each of the first four steps onto the other side.

Step 6
Amana Tool’s 1/2” diameter Solid Carbide Compression Spiral Router Bit #46190 cuts the pockets for the hand hold grips.

Step 7
Amana Tool’s 1/16” diameter Solid Carbide Spiral ‘O’ Flute Router Bit with Mirror Finish #51441 drills holes into the acrylic.

Step 8
Amana Tool’s 1/4” diameter Solid Carbide Spiral ‘O’ Flute Router Bit with Mirror Finish #51405 makes the profile cuts into the acrylic and creates an extremely smooth edge finish.

Step 9
Andy cuts the tabs loose with a hand saw and sands the edges smooth.

Step 10
Amana Tool’s 1/4” radius Carbide Tipped Corner Round Router Bit #49504 rounds the edges of the Maze Puzzle.

Step 11
Using dark walnut danish oil, Andy stains the wood finish, drops in a steel ball bearing then drills the acrylic cover onto the maze for final finish.

Feed, Speed & Step Down Technical Information:

1-1/4” Diameter Mini Insert Spoilboard, Surfacing & Rabbeting 2+2 Design CNC Router Bit #RC-2247
Feed Rate (IPM): 80"
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.008"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.128"

1/4” Diameter Solid Carbide Spiral Flute Plunge Router Bit #46316
Feed Rate (IPM): 120"
Speed (RPM): 12,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.005"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.25"

3/8” Diameter Solid Carbide Double Flute Ball Nose Spiral Router Bit #46378
Feed Rate (IPM): 130"
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.0008"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.5"

30° Solid Carbide Insert Knife V-Tip #RCK-360 mounted to In-Groove™ tool body #RC-1075
Feed Rate (IPM): 60"
Speed (RPM): 24,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.007"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.0469"

1/2” Diameter Solid Carbide Compression Spiral Router Bit #46190
Feed Rate (IPM): 130"
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.0008”
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.5”

1/4” Radius Carbide Tipped Corner Round Router Bit #49504
(Used in Router Table)

1/16” Diameter Solid Carbide Spiral ‘O’ Flute with Mirror Finish Router Bit #51441
Feed Rate (IPM): 5-7IPM"
Speed (RPM): 6,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.0004"

1/4” Diameter Solid Carbide Spiral ‘O’ Flute with Mirror Finish Router Bit #51405
Feed Rate (IPM): 50"
Speed (RPM): 9,600
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.005"
Step Down (Per Pass): 0.122"

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