As a bunch of you know, I’ve recently acquired a CNC Router from Oliver Industries.
Here’s a quick tip on getting a really detailed carving with very little tear out.
I’ve been hired to create a couple dozen plaques for a Marathon in my area and although I chose Poplar, which is a fantastic wood to use, the tiny fonts were giving me fits as the wood would chip out between the tiny letters.
I found, quite by accident, that treating the wood with a sealer (in my case spray lacquer) gives a HUGE difference as far as tear out goes!
Here’s a sample of what I mean:
The letters at the top of this piece are only 5mm high and really close together. With a single coat of lacquer I was able to accomplish this level of detail!
An added bonus is that you get a tad more contrast if you don’t treat the piece after carving.
Just thought this would help!
BTW, if anyone would have any more tips like this, PLEASE share them with me!!!!
Appreciative in advance,
-- Man is a tool-using Animal. Nowhere do you find him without tools; without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all. - Thomas Carlyle http://www.ffrf.org