CNC Upcycling Project: Making a Guitar from Reclaimed Materials with Amana Tool® Spektra™ Coated Router Bits Video

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We did it! Watch as artist and upcyclist Tim Sway makes an electric guitar using Amana Tool® CNC and handheld router bits with reclaimed materials. Tim was given a solid butcher block kitchen countertop, and instantly saw the potential make a custom guitar.

Using a variety of discarded materials such as aluminum signs from a sign shop, wood scrap and old LP records, Tim’s guitar is a beautifully rough, artistic piece of work that has a unique sound when he jams to it. Tim says his goal is to make “worthless things priceless.” We think he succeeded!

Vectric Aspire was used for 3D modeling and Cam work. ToolsToday provided product.

Feed, Speed, Chip Load & Step Down CNC Running Parameters

1/4" Dia. Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 46202-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 60
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down: 30 IPM

1/8" Dia. Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 46200-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 60
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down: 30 IPM

1/2" Dia. Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 46216-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 300
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.006"
Ramp Down: 150 IPM

1/4" Radius Solid Carbide Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 46380
Feed Rate (IPM): 150
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.009"
Ramp Down: 75 IPM

30° Engraving with 0.005” Tip Width, Spektra™ Coated Solid Carbide Router Bit No. 45771-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 150
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.009"
Ramp Down: 75 IPM

1/8" Radius 3D Carving Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Ball Nose Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 46294-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 250
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.007"
Ramp Down: 125 IPM

0.020” Miniature Solid Carbide Up-Cut Spiral Flute Router Bit No. 51662
Feed Rate (IPM): 100
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down: 50 IPM

1/4” Miniature Flush Trim Plunge Template Carbide Tipped Router Bit No. 47224-S
Used in Handheld Router

1/8” Dia. Solid Carbide, Spektra™ Coated Plastic Cutting Router Bit No. 51411-K
Feed Rate (IPM): 100
Speed (RPM): 18,000
Chip Load (Per Tooth): 0.002"
Ramp Down: 50 IPM


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