My last several posts have been about how the BARN workbench vise chops were designed. In this post, I’ll show you how the CNC was programmed for machining with CAM software. I use RhinoCAM software from MecSoft, but most CAM software programs that can handle basic 3D milling will have similar machining operations.
This post is not a primary on CAM or a full explanation of all the settings that were used; just an overview of my approach to 3D carving this project. Also, I’m skipping the design, programming, and milling details of the large pocket on the backside of the vise for the Benchcrafted Criss Cross mechanism and the large through-hole for the vise screw. I’ll cover these processes at another time. This post is just about setting up for 3D carving for the face of the workbench vise chops.