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Our Church is hosting it's Vacation Bible School this coming up week, and the theme is Joseph's time in Egypt. Everyone's been busy decorating and converting the building into an Egyptian palace and market place. My wife will be running the Hieroglyphic carver's shop, so she wanted a few decorations. One thing led to another....

The result is a piece of 50 inch x 24 inch solid surface countertop that I picked up from the Habitat store (approx $7) that was engraved with the Hieroglyphic Alphabet and it's corresponding modern equivalent. It was all done freehand, using the PC 890 router and a plunge roundover bit. I'm proud to say that there's only one flaw on it that bothers me, not bad for the amount of carving, I think! The characters were sized to fit in a 6 x 6 box, and are carved deep enough that they make decent rubbings on paper.

I don't know if the Mrs. is going to fill in the grooves with anything, she has hinted she might do that over the course of the week as part of her "job".

The material was great to work with, and cut like a dream. I have a bunch of smaller pieces of different colors that I may put to use in a few other projects. I'll be keeping my eye open for more of this type of material when I go back to the store next week!
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Pretty darned neat!

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Ok Doug, you are going to have to point out the flaw.

I can't see it.....

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Thats great! I am sure that many children will be blessed by Your work there, I hope that You'll be rewarded also, It usually works that way. I love the chart, I'm sure that You know it by Heart!

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Ok Doug, you are going to have to point out the flaw.

I can't see it.....
look at the letter 'L', the easiest letter is the one I messed up... go figure!



The project has already been rewarding. There were a bunch of kids last night with their hands all over it, asking questions and having a good time. That's the best kind of appreciation!

It was also rewarding to try a new technique, and see a whole bunch of other opportunities for projects.

Thanks again for the kind words!

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Freehand eh?... WOW!

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Well, it was colored during the course of the week, but I'm not happy with it. The pink is too pale, and will have to be a darker color, and the gold was spread across the surface as the kids did some rubbings. Fortunately it cleans up easy. I'll probably have the Mrs. redo the paint with some bolder metallic colors.

The kids loved playing with it, and that was the goal of the whole project anyway. The plan is for it to end up in the elementary school as part of the 2nd grade history resources, where they learn about Egypt as well.

Thanks again for the kind words!
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The oh so fun part of this for kids is learning to write in the "secret code".

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