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I should have used a 90º v-bit instead of a 60º to carve the text on this sign. The depth of the cut creates shadows that makes the text a little hard to read. The sign's body is 3/4" clear pine. The image of Mark Twain was a separate carve from 1/2" poplar with a 35º laser point engraving bit from CMT, painted after carving with rattle-can copper paint.
 

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Nice job Oliver
Question, I did a small sign with popular because i knew I was going to paint it.
It was a bear to clean up the fuzzies where terrible did You find this problem with yours
I am thinking my wood might have been to wet
 

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Looks great Oliver.
 

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Quite a lot of work in the background,it looks like lacework to me,& I bet the finished product looks better in the flesh than on screen.Mark Twain is one of my heroes Oliver.Beautiful job,love it. Jamesjj777746
 

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Nice job Oliver
Question, I did a small sign with popular because i knew I was going to paint it.
It was a bear to clean up the fuzzies where terrible did You find this problem with yours
I am thinking my wood might have been to wet
I have the same with poplar,always get the fuzzies on router table.
HErb
 

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Nice job Oliver
Question, I did a small sign with popular because i knew I was going to paint it.
It was a bear to clean up the fuzzies where terrible did You find this problem with yours
I am thinking my wood might have been to wet
I had very little fuzzies with the poplar. The photo with the L bracket shows the Mark image still on the CNC just after carving, you can see there are little or no fuzzies. It was carved with a sharp 35º laser point bit from CMT. I used a downcut spiral to cut out the outline, with a .003" offset final pass for a smooth edge.
 

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Great work, Oliver.

It looks like the lettering shadow is very close in colour to the foreground colour. A higher contrast between the foreground and groove could make a difference. In the blue pic the shadow colour lies somewhere between the foreground and groove, giving the desired 3D accent. I agree with Herb about the position of the light too.
 
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