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Easter Bunny Serving Tray – Easter Projects 2024

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Check out our latest project – This adorable Easter Bunny Serving Tray! perfect for serving up some delicious chocolate Easter eggs for our favorite time of year! Ready to dive into DIY Easter decorations and maybe even score a sweet deal saving up to $251.66 on your very own CNC Machine?

Step 1: Design (CAD)

Before we dove headfirst into crafting, we took a little Pinterest stroll for some major inspiration and stumbled upon this fantastic Bunny Serving Tray. Armed with our vision, we opted for some trusty 12mm thick pine wood sourced straight from a local wood supplier – keeping it simple!

Once we had our design in mind, it was all about bringing it to life in Fusion 360. And let me tell you, it was a breeze! Just one sketch, some extruding here, and some offsets there – voilà! Our Easter Bunny Serving Tray is ready! To make your life even easier, we’ve got the CAD file ready to roll. Grab it below for free!

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Step 2: Manufacturing (CAM)

With our model ready, it was time to use Fusion360’s nifty 3D Pocket Clearing operation to generate a full toolpath. You can find this by navigating to Manufacturing > 3D > Pocket Clearing

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 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 6mm 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: #100 6mm 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 generalised 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: Preparation & Cutting

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

Clamping

We used the incredibly versatile T-track and the super strong T-track clamps, to firmly secure our wood onto the spoiler board. Furthermore, These tools make holding down the material significantly easier while ensuring precision and stability throughout the machining process.

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Collet & End Mill Installation

Before cutting, we need a cutting tool! As mentioned, we decided on the 6mm 2 Flute Flat End Carbide Down Cut End Mill (#100) for this project. To install, simply slide the End Mill into the appropriate 5mm Collet. Then, tighten the Collet & End Mill onto the spindle.efore cutting, we need a cutting tool! As mentioned, we decided on the 6mm 2 Flute Flat End Carbide Down Cut End Mill (#100) for this project. To install, simply slide the End Mill into the appropriate 5mm Collet. Then, tighten the Collet & End Mill onto the spindle.

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.

Now, onto the fun part – the execution phase! With all the setup completed and our program loaded onto the controller, it’s time to unleash the OutBack CNC.

Production

With a simple press of the start button, the OutBack CNC kicks into action as it brings our designs to life. It’s a mesmerizing experience, watching a usually plain piece of wood transform into an adorable and useful Easter Bunny Serving Tray with each precise movement.

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 Easter Bunny Serving Tray now 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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