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.
I found a nice piece of walnut that someone had given me and loaded it into the my Carvewright CNC router.
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).
I am going to leave the edging and finishing to my buddy Dave, but the carving is done.
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.