Midnight Woodworking


Welcome sign

I have not had any big projects lately. Nothing instructive to post anyway.

I did recently do a quick project for my friend Dave that I thought I would post. Dave, and a group of people from his church, do a lot of mission work down in Haiti. One of their bigger supporters is a collector of “Welcome” signs. They thought a carved “Welcome” sign in the French Creole, the main language spoken in Haiti, would be a nice “Thank You” gift for all the support he has given. Dave asked me to come up with something, so I pulled together a few palm trees and found out how to say “welcome” in the correct language.  I wanted the sign to be more of a relief carving, so instead of routing in the text, I created the text in Photoshop and fooled around with the embossing tool to give it a 3D look. I combined the text and trees and carved away everything around the text and trees instead.

A little Photoshopping

A little Photoshopping


An old piece of walnut

An old piece of walnut

I found a nice piece of walnut that someone had given me and loaded it into the my Carvewright CNC router.

Program loaded up and running

Program loaded up and running


Hot off the press

Hot off the press

The carve ran for an hour or two. When it was complete, I thoroughly sanded the face with a mop sander, mounted in my drill press, running at full speed (1500 RPMs).

A quick mop sanding

A quick mop sanding

I am going to leave the edging and finishing to my buddy Dave, but the carving is done.

Finished carve

Finished carve

It actually took less than an hour to pull the program together. I am starting to get the hang of the software. I am working on a larger CNC project that I hope to be posting in the next day or two, so stay tuned.

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