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Had a guy referred to me that wanted a sign for his place in Upper. Had to have a deer (it's a deer camp) and a bunny rabbit (he said it was a long story). Made him a few samples up and he chose this design. I found a piece of 2 x 8 PTL right off the truck so it was a good board, although still a little wet. I let it dry about a month in the garage and then glued it up with Titebond Ultimate, skimmed it for a flat surface, loaded the file, and hit go. Finished sign is about 24 x 20 and still fairly heavy (probably 20 # or more). I like the grain the way it is and just want to seal it like this. Up to the customer what to do. I will say, this stuff carves great. Must be the yellow pine instead of the usual Douglas Fir or Spruce I end up with.
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That turned out really well John. Like the horizontal grain look to
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Great job, John! Did you do that design all by yourself, lol?
Does look like it carved really well.
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Looks great John! and that's some impressive woodworking skill too.
I had a hard time finding the seams.
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wow looks good
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Pressure treated is almost always yellow pine if it came from the Southeast of USA. With it as wet as it was I hope it stays flat.

I like the design. Will it be used outdoors? Maybe you should make him another out of a better wood for indoors too.

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Pressure treated is almost always yellow pine if it came from the Southeast of USA. With it as wet as it was I hope it stays flat.

I like the design. Will it be used outdoors? Maybe you should make him another out of a better wood for indoors too.

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For sure going outdoors at leaqst 8 months of the year. That's why I got PTL. Brutal weather in the Upper. The cedar had too many knots. I've had them hold up pretty good with water seal applied to slow down the graying.
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It's starting to warp on the top and bottom. Any ideas. Will probably have to make another and got back to the stain and spar varnish.

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"Any ideas?"

don't lay it flat for a period of time, unfinished. if you did, lay it on the other face for awhile and it may come back.

finish both faces equally.

I have successfully straightened warped boards by placing them concave face down on a damp surface (after a rain) when the sun is hot and strong. convex face absorbs moisture from the ground (expands) and the convex face gets dried by the hot sun (shrinks). check every half hour or so.

nice sign by the way! I am a new person to cnc, but am always impressed when you add/mix elements the way you do!
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Once flattened, glue on a cross grain backing, preferable of the same material. if expansion is a factor, then you could glue on something with the same grain direction, but with rings that curve the opposite direction. then after the glue is dry, seal the heck out of it, especially the edges. I like the sign a lot, but it really cries out for paint or stain in the oval to make the critters stand out.
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