Free CNC Projects

Vectric's free projects come complete with thorough documentation, including an item checklist and step by step instructions. A downloadable zip file is also available containing the actual project files ready for you to import and use with your Vectric software!

These projects are designed to both inspire and educate our users, and every month we will be offering a new project for you to work on!

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IMPORTANT: Before outputting any toolpaths you should carefully check all part sizes and the material setup to make sure they are appropriate for your actual setup. You should also check and re-calculate all toolpaths with safe and appropriate settings for your material, CNC machine and tooling.

Terms of Use: This Project and artwork is provided on the understanding that it will only be used with Vectric software programs. You may use the designs to carve parts for sale but the Files and/or Vectors, Components or Toolpaths within them (or any derivatives) may not be converted to other formats, sold to, or shared with anyone else. This project is Copyright 2013 - Vectric Ltd.

Trial Version Users
If you are not a VCarve Pro or Aspire customer or you are not running the latest version of the release software then you can access a selection of these Projects which will work with the Trial version of each program. Follow this link to our Project of the Month Trial Software Page


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Available Projects:


"Japanese Garden Box" - October 2014

The Japanese Garden Box was inspired by the traditional rock garden (called karesansui in Japanese) using sand or gravel as a base with carefully placed islands of rock. The sand is raked in patterns around these rock "islands"to represent water ripples..

This project is available free of charge to all Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

"The Basket Weave Table Caddy" - September 2014

This month we bring you yet another great free project tutorial created by Michael Tyler for Vectric. This download is an essential product for all those who love to entertain friends and family with BBQ's, picnics and dinner parties. The Basket Weave Table Caddy is a convenient tote tray for carrying eating utensils, plates, napkins and/or condiments to a serving table.

The project features a “weaved” design created with Aspire’s powerful Extrude and Weave Tool. Along with learning a great technique for glazing your material, this project is an example of how beneficial two-sided machining is for creating the side panel dado slots on the interior surfaces.

This project is available free of charge to all Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

"The Knife Nest - Kitchen Top Knife Holder" - August 2014

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric is a must have for all of our budding Chefs. Here you will be creating a beautiful rustic style kitchen knife holder which makes for a great looking center piece for any kitchen worktop.

This project uses the process of two sided machining, so if you have never done this before this a great way to learn and enhance your CNC skills. For those of you that have, Michael gives some great tips such as how to get precise allignment, using just two dowel pins.

This project is available free of charge to all VCarve Pro 7.5 and Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

"Miniature Bentwood Rocker Photo Frame" - July 2014

This month's free project created by Michael Tyler for Vectric is a beautiful Bentwood Rocker Photoframe, available free of charge. Compatible with Aspire 4.5 (or greater).

This project will not only entertain your CNC skills but bring out your inner craftsman as you assemble and complete the fine finish that gives this project a real essence of actual Bentwood.

This project is available free of charge to all Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

"Retro Camera Timepiece" - June 2014

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is one for all the retro fans and enthusiastic photographers amongst us. Here you will be making a retro bellows style camera called the Pony Premo which was popular between the late 1800's and early 20th century.

This project is available free of charge to all VCarve Pro 7.5 and Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Retro Camera Timepiece

"Poppins Umbrella Stand" - March 2014

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is a 19 piece 'slot together' Umbrella Stand.

The project is very easy to assemble once cut and would make an attractive and practical addition to anyones home. You could even create the project as a gift, or as an item to sell at a local craft faire. You could also customize the design by using different finishes, materials or carving further decorative elements.

This project is available free of charge to all VCarve Pro 7.5 and Aspire 4.5 users.

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

"Irish Blessing Box" - March 2014

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is the decorative Irish Blessing Box that you can see to the right. The two-sided project comes complete with two attractive side panel designs for you to choose from.

The files and PDF tutorial are available free of charge to all Aspire 4 (and higher) users.

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

"Crazy Heart" - January 2014

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is a novelty heart shaped pendulum that swings in unpredictable directions (as you can see in the video below) thanks to cleverly positioned magnets within the design.

The files and PDF tutorial are available free of charge to all Aspire 4 and VCarve Pro 7 users. The finished dimensions of this project are approximately 6.5" x 4" x 9.5".

Crazy Heart

Crazy Heart

"Dutch Country Clock" - December 2013

This free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is a VCarved wall clock. The project features a design style known as 'Tole (one stroke) Painting' which you can see carved into both the front and back panels.

The files and PDF tutorial are available free of charge to all Aspire 4 and VCarve Pro 7 users. The finished dimensions of this project are approximately 14" x 10.375" x 1.5".

Dutch Country Clock



Dutch Country Clock

"Culinary Apothecary" - November 2013

This month's free project is a decorative 'Culinary Apothecary'. The shelves could be used for storing more than just food items, for example bathroom goods or any collectable items you may want to display.

This project is available free of charge to all Aspire 4 and VCarve Pro 7 users. The finished dimensions of the box are 4.5" Deep x 13.5" Wide x 23" Tall.

Culinary Apothecary



Culinary Apothecary

"Finger-Joint Box" - October 2013

This month's project introduces a simple and effective method to create finger joint corner joinery on any standard CNC. The design also comes with a customizable top which can be decorated with any emblem or design you deem fit.

This project is available free of charge to all Aspire 4 & VCarve Pro 7 users. The finished dimensions of the box are approximately 5.75"W x 5"D x 3.75"H.

Finger-Joint Box



Finger-Joint Box

"Gingerbread House - Cookie Bin" - September 2013

This month's project, available free of charge to all Aspire 4 customers is a cookie bin container, styled to resemble an old-fashioned gingerbread house.

Files are included within the downloadable zip file that we've made available beneath the project image you can see below. The finished house measures about 10"W x 9"D x 9"H.

Gingerbread House - Cookie Bin



Gingerbread House - Cookie Bin

"Wooden Roller Massagers" - August 2013

This month's project, available free of charge to all VCarve Pro 7 and Aspire 4 customers is a set of wooden roller massagers, designed to help you make the most out of any scrap material you may have hanging around.

The finished massagers measure: Six Cog Design: 2.375"D x 8.25" L x 3.375"H. Four Cog Design: 2.375" D x 8" L x 3.125" H.

View the Mini Grandfather Clock Project



View the Wooden Massagers Project

"Mini Grandfather Clock" - July 2013

This month's project created by Michael Tyler for Vectric is the stunning mini grandfather clock you can see to the right.

The professionally designed time piece measures 42” tall and is set to make a visual impact in any home. The project files (all 17 of them) along with a detailed, easy to follow tutorial guide are available free of charge to all Aspire 4 users.

The finished project measures 13"W x 8"D x 41.75"H.

View the Mini Grandfather Clock Project



View the Mini Grandfather Clock Project

"Scrolled Mirror Frame" - June 2013

This month's project, available free of charge to all VCarve Pro 7 and Aspire 4 customers, is this attractive scrolled mirror frame with cast metal finish.

The project offers a great introduction to 2-sided machining as you cut pockets into the back of the piece for the mirror's hanger wire. You can of course add your own finish to this appealing and functional design that would make a great addition to any home decor.

The finished project measures 0.75"D x 17.25"W x 32.5"H.

View the Scrolled Mirror Frame Project



View the Scrolled Mirror Frame Project

"Bling Box" - May 2013

This month's free project, available to all Aspire 4 customers, is a decorative 'Bling Box' that includes an ellipse-shaped weave pattern inlay on the lid.

The project files were designed utilizing a number of new features available in the latest version of Aspire. The Aspire files are included within the project download for you to use or customize as desired.

View the Bling Box Project



View the Bling Box Project

"Shoe Cubby" - March 2013

This month's free project is an attractive 'Shoe Cubby' that can be configured as a 2-tier or 3-tiered unit.

The project is compatible with Aspire 3.5 and VCarve Pro 6.5 and higher. The 2-tiered finished dimensions are:
9.25 " Deep x 28 " Wide x 15 " Tall. The 3-tiered finished dimensions are: 9.25 " Deep x 28 " Wide x 19.5 " Tall

View the Shoe Cubby Project



View the Shoe Cubby Project

"Bread Bin" - February 2013

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is a customizable breadbin.

The project is compatible with Aspire 3.5 and Aspire 4 and measures 16.5" W x 13 " D x 8.25 " H.

View the Bread Bin Project



View the Bread Bin Project

"Tripod Pedestal Table" - January 2013

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, an elegant tripod pedestal table.

The project is compatible with Aspire 3.5 and VCarve Pro 6.5 and measures 13" diameter x 30" tall..

View the Tripod Pedestal Table Project



View the Tripod Pedestal Table Project

"Novelty "Pocket Watch" Clock - December 2012

This month's free project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is an easy to create Pocket Watch with quilted texture presentation box.

The project is compatible with Aspire 3.5 and measures 3.5 "w x 4.75 "h x 1 " d..

View the Pocket Watch Project



View the Pocket Watch Project

"Candy Duet"- November 2012

This month's free project is a customizable container with two compartments ready to store a variety of items, such as sweet treats for the festive period!

The Candy Duet measures 5.5" deep x 11" wide x 4" tall and is compatible with both

VCarve Pro and Aspire.
View the Candy Duet Project

"Cool Cubes"- October 2012

This month's free project is a customizable lift top cube that comes with three pre-designed ready to cut files.

Each 'Cool Cube' measures 4" x 4" x 4" and the project is compatible with both
VCarve Pro 6.5 and Aspire 3.5.

View the Cool Cubes Project



View the Cool Cubes Project

"Trout Bookends"- September 2012

This month's free project is a pair of 3D trout bookends that comes complete with two free .3dClip trout models.

The project is compatible with Aspire 3.5.

View the Trout Bookends Project



View the Trout Bookends Project

"Victorian House Plaque"- August 2012

This month's free project is a decorative welcome plaque that comes with interchangeable designs that you can customize to display your very own message.

The project is compatible with VCarve Pro 6.5 and Aspire 3.5.

View the Victorian House Plaque Project

View the Victorian House Plaque Project

"Seahorse Corbels"- July 2012

This month's free project is a pair of "L" framed seahorse corbels with a coral motif surround. The decorative project measures approximately 8" deep x 11" tall x 2 ¾ " wide and is compatible with Aspire 3.5.

View the Seahorse Corbel Project

View the Seahorse Corbel Project

"Ornithological Abode"- June 2012

This month's free project is unique mechanical theme bird house. The creative project (shown to the right) boasts a 'faux' aged metal finish and measures approximately 17" long x 11" tall x 9" and is compatible with Aspire 3.5 and VCarve Pro 6.5.

View the Ornithological Abode

View the Ornithological Abode Project

"Grocery List Plaque"- May 2012

This month's free project is a decorative v-carved plaque designed to hold a grocery list and pencil which would make a handsome addition to any kitchen wall.

The final piece measures approximately 9¾" x 17" x ¾" and is compatible with Aspire and VCarve Pro.

View the Grocery List Plaque Project


"Rose Carved Disc Vase"- April 2012

This month's free project is a reversible wooden vase. This project includes a stemmed rose model as part of the design.

The final piece measures approximately 8" wide x 6½" tall x 1¾" deep and is compatible with Aspire 3.5.

View the Rose Carved Disc Vase Project

View the Rose Carved Disc Vase Project

"Vectricon Chroniker"- March 2012

This month's project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, is a Victorian inspired time piece with a faux metal finish.

The project measures approximately 14¾" x 10½" x 4¼" deep  and is available to all Aspire and VCarve Pro users.

View the Vectricon Chroniker  Project


BONUS PROJECT - "Round Weave-Top Box"- March 2012

This bonus project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, was inspired following a weave presentation an Aspire Camp.

The creative box measures approximately 8" in diameter x 4" high and is available to all Aspire 3.5 users.

View the Round Weave-Top Box FREE BONUS Project

View the Round Weave-Top Box FREE BONUS Project

"Buffalo Nickel Coin Box"- February 2012

This project, created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, was inspired by the original "Buffalo Nickel" released in the US in 1913 and is available to all Aspire 3.5 users.

The unique coin box measures 10" in diameter by 3" thick and the coin-access base is approximately 1.5" tall.

View the Buffalo Nickel Coin Box FREE Vectric Project

View the Buffalo Nickel Coin Box FREE Vectric Project

"Coeur d'Amour" Box - January 2012

The first free Project of 2012 is a romantic 'Coeur d'Amour' (French for 'Heart of Love') box for Vectric's Aspire and VCarve Pro users.

This project would make an ideal present for a loved one on Valentines Day or as a sentimental gift for other occasions throughout the year.

View the Heart of Love box  FREE Vectric Project


Mail Repository - December 2011

This month's project is a decorative 'old tyme' Mail Repository designed to help keep your mail organized and easily accesible.

The customizable project comes complete with three pre-designed receptacles for Letters, Accounts and Variant (miscellaneous) mail items and is compatible with Aspire 3.5 & VCarve Pro 6.5.

View the Mail Repository  FREE Vectric Project

View the Mail Repository  FREE Vectric Project

Christmas Holly Wreath - November 2011

The November project is a 17" diameter Holly Wreath. There are two versions of the project, one with a pocket recess for the carved bow and one without the bow for those who want a simple ornament or would like to add their own decoration. This project is compatible with Aspire 3.5.

View the Holly Wreath  FREE Vectric Project

View the Holly Wreath  FREE Vectric Project

Business Card Holder - Bonus Project

This Vectric project was inspired by a previous project called the Wooden Hinged Photo Frames. The idea was sparked after noticing that the photo frame layers could easily be modified to create a simple and attractive business card holder. This project is compatible with both VCarve Pro 6 and Aspire 3 (or greater).

View the Holly Wreath  FREE Vectric Project

View the Holly Wreath  FREE Vectric Project

Seasonal Cookie Stamps - October 2011

This seasonal project allows you to produce up to 9 unique Cookie Stamps. It comes complete with a storage rack and a detailed recipe to get you baking straight away! This project is compatible with VCarve Pro 6 and Aspire 3 (or greater).

View the 'Seasonal Cookies Stamps'  FREE Vectric Project

View the 'Seasonal Cookies Stamps'  FREE Vectric Project

The Shoe Butler - September 2011

This customizable storage box provides an appealing location to keep your shoe care supplies, with a rotating up/down handle and two dowel-hinged lids for convenient access to either side. This project is compatible with  Aspire 3 (or greater).

View The Shoe Butler FREE Vectric Project

View The Shoe Butler FREE Vectric Project

Wooden Hinged Photo Frames - August 2011

This project demonstrates how to create slotted photo frames with integrated wooden hinges. Each frame will hold a 3½ x 5 photo with a clear plastic protective sheet and cardboard backing. This project is compatible with both VCarve Pro 6 and Aspire 3 (or greater).

View Wooden Hinged Photo Frames FREE Project

View Wooden Hinged Photo Frames FREE Project

"The Reader" Magazine Rack - July 2011

Stow your magazines with "The Reader" Magazine Rack project. Customize the magazine front and back cover text with your own wording using Aspire 3's handy Text Tool and Distort Between Two Curves option. This free project is available to all Aspire 3 owners

View The Reader Magazine Rack FREE Project

View The Reader Magazine Rack FREE Project

"Vintage Wooden Spoon Wall Rack" - June 2011

This project was inspired by a 100+ year-old, hand chip-carved silver spoon holder wall rack of Dutch (Frisian) origin. This near-replica project can be enjoyed by VCarve Pro 6 owners and Aspire 3 owners alike!

View Vintage Wooden Spoon Wall Rack Project

View Vintage Wooden Spoon Wall Rack Project

BONUS PROJECT "Mother's Day Keepsake Box"

Start creating your unique Keepsake Box today and make Mother's Day extra special with this thoughtful homemade gift.

View Mother's Day Keepsake Box Project

View Mother's Day Keepsake Box Project

"Tuscan Grape Clock" - April 2011

Bring a little 'fruit of the vine' into your home with this decorative and functional project for Aspire 3 owners! The Tuscan Grape Clock project was inspired by the "art palace of Italy", Tuscany.

Created by Michael Tyler for Vectric, all Projects come complete with a detailed PDF tutorial and all supporting Vectric Software files to help you get started.

View Tuscan Grape Clock Project

View Tuscan Grape Clock Project

"The Paradise Box" - March 2011

This month's Vectric project features a highly decorative "chip carve" motif and can be enjoyed by VCarve Pro owners and Aspire owners alike!

The design is a blend of elaborate detail along with the mortised contemporary side panels to make a nice addition to any decor.

View Paradise Box Project


Valentines Day Project - February 2011

This project takes you through all the steps needed to make a beautiful Valentine gift using Aspire 3. It covers the entire process, from design to finished piece, and should be appropriate for any skill level. There are lots of useful tips and tricks along the way that we're sure you will be able to apply to other projects in the future.

View Valentines Gift Project

Valentines Day Gift Project


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