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How it's made

It works on the same principle as a key cutting machine.

A router duplicator is a mechanical device that moves a powertool parallel to a stylus held by its operator, enabling the operator to make a duplicate of an object as it is traced. 

Our router duplicator was engineered for the express purpose of creating art. The frame is designed to minimize rigidity, allowing 1/4" of flex between the stylus and powertool. This flexibility (among other design features) combined with special carving techniques make possible the "hammer and chisel" style seen on all works

 

Explained in depth

Making this key hanger:

The novelty sized key is mounted to a board, then secured in to the table.  The planar projection of the key is traced into the work piece.

The novelty sized key is mounted to a board, then secured in to the table.  The planar projection of the key is traced into the work piece.

Key shape emerges after rough cutting

Second pass. There will be three total 

The shape is refined successively using smaller router bits

Final pass using a narrow endmill with a long reach for small detail and undercut

Five coats of varnish applied to key. Surrounding area left bare. 


 

About the Artist

A Seattle native, Jesse Frome has made Philadelphia his home and the center of his woodworking and carving business.  Using his mechanical engineering skills, Jesse has developed a unique mechanized carving tool that blends art, precision and beauty.

More about me and a prior endeavor in furniture design: Nextfab.com/the-thrill-of-invention/