|Project by DickB||posted 03-15-2013 06:14 PM||1373 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I’ve been making decorative carved lake maps as wall hangings for a few years now, but I got a request for a table, so I have been trying a few techniques.
For this one, I both highlighted the varying lake depths as well as filled in the carvings for a flat table surface. After carving, sanding, and sealing the surface, I filled the carved areas with color-tinted EnviroTex Lite, a two-part thick, poured-on finish. To ensure complete coverage, the carvings were overfilled slightly, then sanded down with progressively finer grit sandpaper. This left the lake surfaces dull, but the first coat of gloss finish took care of that. I could have used a poured coat of clear EnviroTex lite as the final finish, but I chose a polyurethane finish for the top as well as the legs and frame.
The top was made from a single nice, clear 1-1/2” pine board, cut into two pieces and edge glued. The frame was 1” lumber, #2 grade I believe, with a few knots for a bit of a rustic, up-north look. The legs were cut from a nice 2×4 select construction grade stud. A pair of loons, our Minnesota state bird and summer residents on the lakes here, were carved front and back. The carvings were done using a CarveWright CNC.
-- Dick, http://www.carveshop.com