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Bunny Easter Egg Holder – Easter Projects 2024

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It’s our favorite time of year! The time when we can give and get Easter eggs, spend time with family, and make fun DIY projects! What Easter project can I make? – I hear you ask. Well,  We have the inspiration for you!

This week, we’ve created a full guide and resource pack for these adorable Bunny Easter Egg Holders! They have made great decorations around the Maker Store office (Although the Easter eggs somehow keep going missing…) 

Let’s dive into how we made this project and how YOU can make it too! And maybe even get a sweet deal of up to $251.66 OFF on your own CNC machine!

Step 1: Design (CAD)

As we geared up to design this project, we found ourselves in need of a little inspiration. That’s when we stumbled upon a delightful Bunny Easter Egg Holder idea! Before beginning, we decided to keep things simple by opting for some sturdy 12mm thick pine wood from a local supplier.

With the design concept in mind, we fired up Fusion 360 to bring it to life. Crafting the Bunny Easter Egg Holder was easy – by just tracing the image, and extruding the sketch, Our Easter Bunny Egg Holder was ready to go!

But here’s the best part – we’re sharing the CAD file with you for FREE! So go ahead, grab it below!

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Step 2: Manufacturing (CAM)

With our model ready, it was time to use Fusion360’s Manufacturing tools to generate a full toolpath. You can find this by navigating to the Manufacturing tab.

The operations used in this project were pockets for the ear, eye, and nose. Then we used a contour operation for the outline of the bunny! Only 2 operations and this was ready to go!

But before we unleashed our design onto the wood, we decided to play it safe and simulate the toolpath using our trusty Fusion360 End Mill Library. Oh yeah, did I mention you can also get a FREE Maker Store End Mill Library for Fusion360, Carveco, or Vectric? Download it below!

End Mill Selection

Now, let’s talk end mills. For this project, we went with a 3.175mm 2 Flute Flat End Carbide Down-Cut End Mill – the perfect option for simple designs that only need flat cuts. With the perfect tool in hand, we were ready to bring our bunny serving tray to life with flawless cuts and clean edges.

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Critical Tool Setting Recommendations:

  • End Mill: #180 3.175mm (1/8") 2 Flute Flat End Carbide Down-Cut
  • Spindle Speed: 16,500 RPM
  • Cutting Feed Rate: 1200mm/min
  • Use Even Step downs: TRUE
  • Ramp Type: Helix
  • Ramping Angle: 1 Degree
  • Roughing Step: 1mm

These settings are generalized to suit the C-Beam XL, WorkBee V3, and OutBack CNC Machines. Users with different machines may require alternative settings for optimal results.

Step 3: Machine Setup

There are 3 main tasks to get your CNC machine setup: Clamping, Probing, & Extraction.

Clamping

As we were setting up our C-Beam XL Machine with an MDF spoiler board, we pondered how best to secure our Pinewood for machining. After some thought, we went with the reliable option of using standard wood screws to ensure a firm grip during the process.

But while we didn’t end up utilizing it this time around, we couldn’t help but consider the potential of the T-Track spoiler board system. It’s a fantastic alternative that we’ve seen others use with great success. The beauty of the T-Track system lies in its simplicity – it makes clamping and unclamping your workpiece a breeze, with no extra tools required.

And hey, if you’re interested, we happen to offer the T-Track system too! It’s just one of the many CNC accessories we offer to help make your machining projects smoother and more efficient.

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Collet & End Mill Installation

Before we could dive into cutting our material, there was a crucial step – getting the right cutting tool! After considering our options, we settled on the 3.175mm 2 Flute Flat End Carbide Down Cut End Mill (#180) for this particular project.

Installing it was a breeze – just slide the End Mill into the 3.175mm Collet that fits it snugly, then tighten both the Collet and the End Mill onto the spindle. With that simple setup, we were ready to bring our design to life with precision and accuracy.

Probing

To set the start position of the program, we first position the XYZ touch probe snugly on the nearest corner of our material, then attach the alligator clip to a solid ground point such as the end mill.

Within CNCjs, we initiate the probing process, which quickly sets the precise X, Y, and Z start positions. This step ensures that our CNC program begins with pinpoint accuracy, laying the foundation for flawless execution.

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Extraction

As our CNC machine works, it inevitably generates swarf – those wood chips that can wreak havoc on your projects and even wear down our end mills.

To keep our creations pristine and our tools in top shape, we simply opted for our trusty shop vacuum. It’s a straightforward yet effective method to easily remove any swarf in its path, ensuring a clean and smooth cutting process.

Of course, if you’re looking for a more permanent and hands-free solution, you can always explore options like a mounted dust shoe.

Production

Now, onto the fun part – the execution phase! With all the setup completed and our program loaded onto the controller, it’s time to kick back and watch the C-Beam CNC XL do its magic!

Most importantly, let’s not forget to capture these moments! Don’t hesitate to grab your camera and snap some awesome shots for Instagram. Remember to tag us with #MakerStoreUSA, so we can see what you’ve made!

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Step 4: Post-Production

We’re on the home stretch! With the Bunny Easter Egg Holder precisely cut, we now just need to sand the tray and finish it with a high-quality finishing product.

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Sanding

We employed a range of sandpaper grits, spanning from the coarse 60 grit all the way up to 300 grit. It’s important to start with the lower grit sandpaper as this is the roughest. From there, You can finish with the highest grit sandpaper which is the least rough, doing so will provide a fantastic smooth finish to any wood you choose.

Finishing

When finishing the product, you have a world of options! We’ve chosen a food-safe wood wax to deepen the colors of the wood and make it safe for serving food. To do so, we simply dabbed a little bit of wax on a clean rag and applied it generously to the wood.

Some other great alternatives to wax might be:
– Paint
– Varnish
– Clear Coat
– Lacquer
– Linseed Oil

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