Our first big project was to CAM a piece of desk candy from aluminum. I decided to make a 3:100 scale model of the canoe I paddled the previous summer. To avoid vibration, I altered the hull thickness to 0.050", made an eight point fixture with contact along the whole gunwhale, and packed the inside of the canoe with clay when shaping the hull. It machined very well. The hull was annodized gold to match the color of a kevlar canoe. I also made a separate gunwhale and paddle, and I carved wooden seats and a yoke. While this project was mostly decorative, it taught me a lot about CAM machining.