A little about wooden blocks: The wooden body of the nomad is the skeleton that holds everything else together. All of the internal and external dimensions need to match my set of drawings.. If the dimensions are wrong, the final assembly won't come together as it should. To start batch production of the wooden bodies, I need to first start with a block that's perfectly square, true, and sized to within' a couple thousands of an inch. If I can do that, the many steps to follow will be much faster, easier, and more accurate. Believe it or not, making the block is the hardest part. Woodworking tools, at least the ones that I have tried, didn't offer repeatable accuracy. In comes the milling machine. First I start with a rough block cut to about the right size. It helps to get one face fairly flat with the hand plane before starting. It'll hold better in the vice. This precision vice is square to the tool, so it's a simple task to cut faces that are perfectly square and parallel with each other. Here is the cutting tool that does all the work. I shaped this one to work well on wood, not so much hard metals. The surface finish is superb, perfectly smooth, no sanding required. ...and the dimensions are all within .001" A finished burl blank ready to be drilled out. ...and a padauk block as well. Lookin' nice! @sixstringsmash , unfortunately those orange ones were growing on some pretty rotten wood... they didn't make it into buttons. They were cool though. And I have a few different ones, but all of them are the greenish/blue toned ones. The orange/yellow ones are rare around here. I'll keep my eye out for more!