Wesley November is an artisan with a creative passion to create numerous projects in various matrials. Limited by his tools, Wesley decide to get involved with CNC and has been unstoppable since, creating cabinets, furniture, displays, signs, ceilings, wall panels and more! Below are a few videos and words from Wesley November.
Wesley is a multi-talented artist who enjoys pretty much any type of art. He has had a go at just about every artistic medium he could get his hands on, from making his custom furniture to writing novels and owning a hot sauce company, too. Wesley has even started appearing in television and social media projects, bringing his creative talents to other media.
Wesley shows his passion for the arts in everything that he does. As Wesley states, “Every project I create has a little bit of me in it.” Mr. November is a designer and manufacturer who is sure to become a household name.
Visit his site for more information or to ask him about his CNC experience with Laguna: http://wesleynovember.com
CNC Ceiling Panels
For this piece, I took on the task of a client with a small place and giant expectations. Their show room space was only a couple hundred square feet leaving me with only so much room for shelving and a cash wrap. So, to give this little space an impact for clients I thought I would “Look up”. The ceiling was an open opportunity for me to add some design and build a giant art piece to enhance the environment. And believe me, to do something like this by hand and with power tools would have taken me weeks to complete. However, being able to use the cnc to create pieces like this, it only took a few hours until they were ready for paint. Once the client reviewed the sketches and later saw the install; they were blown away. Even passerby’s had to poke their heads in to say how much they loved it. I may have said it so many times before, but damn, the cnc has elevated my business to the next level and beyond.
3D Model Slicing
This one was aWESome! I had a client that wanted giant 3D shapes out of plywood but didn’t know how to make them. I sat down with them and they thought I would make them on a lathe. I smiled and told them how heavy the pieces would be and the circumference would be way too large for that tool. I told them that I would CNC them out of two sheets of plywood glued together. Everyone at the meeting looked at me like I was crazy, but once they sent me the files and dimensions I went into Rhino and started creating STL files. These transfer easily into the CNC cut programs – I just had to place them on the sheet where the grains would all mesh the same.
Record Sign for local Shop
My friend Parker owns Creme Tangerine records and he came to me and said, “Hey man, you think we can make a small sign for a live podcast my store is putting on?” And I love so much when people ask me to do little things that I can turn HUGE!!! So! As soon as Parker had asked me about the sign, I already had the idea in my head. I wanted to make a giant record and have his super cool logo on it. Once I said to him that we could make a giant record and background and his store logo would be added into it, too, he was stoked and so was I. So I drew up the giant record (I wanted to make it bigger) and we went on our way making the radness you see in the video. CNC isn’t just for cabinets…..
After playing around with my CNC and not using a V bit, I wanted to do a little test drive and use two different cut paths to create a beveled edge and cut out the piece. Normally you would cut and then hand route the pieces, but all I had to do was use the same line as a cut path and do one cut right on the line and one outside the line with the 90 degree V bit. I was so stoked about the cut and how simple it was to do. Now I use this technique all the time for the added little fanciness!
Marine Grade 3/4″ Ply
Art Deco Cabinets
When a few friends asked me to create a kitchen for them I was stoked. Normally I would make these with hand tools and a table saw, but once I had the opportunity to bust out some skills in the computer world, I chose this to be one of my first projects in cabinetmaking with the CNC. I made the doors out of one piece of 3/4 plywood and two pieces of 1/4 inch. This gave a cool heavy look and added a texture to match their home. They also wanted something in a textured backsplash…. so I thought about how to do this and I cut out the coffin shapes on the CNC to make the mold. After that was set up, I mixed up a recipe for a concrete backsplash and Bam! Check out the cool look that was created. Their floor and casing had an aged texture so when I popped the coffins out of the mold I shaped them up a bit to make this piece have a more rustic feel.
Making a Desk
I enjoyed making this walnut desk. This is for a show in a web series and they needed something that could move and cater to a few different needs. Normally with a project like this you have some scrap leftover from having to make longer passes on a table saw and also not being able to make a perfect radius. I was so stoked when I was able to use the CNC to build this. I have my bachelors in design so I knew my way around some computer programs, so I wasn’t super intimidated by learning the programs. I thought I was going to have to learn G-code, but when I brought that up there was a laugh. It’s sooooo much easier than that. So! I use illustrator for pretty much everything and the files transfer over simply to the CNC software. So all in all making this little desk shaved a lot of time off of the build and was also a perfect way to make the large radius top!
3/4″ Walnut Ply