Baby Announcement Plaques

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This is a piece of Black Cherry cut from our bush lot, 12" by 9" , in this operation I am pocketing the area I intend to carve the 3D image and text.

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I flipped the plaque over and used a spacer in the area I had just pocketed to engrave and carve the key hole to hang the finished plaque.

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I used a ¼" flat bottom up cut end mill to hogg out or remove unessary material but left .040" above the final cut. You can see the outline of the stork image.

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I changed cutters to a very fine tip tapered ball nose. The tip width is 1/16" or .0625".

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I started the engraving final finish cut in the centre of the image and will follow the oval patern until it reaches the outer edge.

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The tip of the cutter steps over only 8 percent of the diameter at the tip, this relates to removing a path only .006 about the thickness of a piece of paper.

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The finish cut with the tapered ball nose took 48 minutes to complete, this gives a very fine finish that requires very little clean up.

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The next step is to engrave the text, here I used a 60 degree V bit double flute which gives me a nice clean cut finish.

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A little closer look at an angle to show the 3D image.

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The date on the photos is not the date of production. I finished this December 4 2019

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Removing the clamp hold down devices, and getting ready to finish.

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I used a clear satin acrylic spray finish, 4 coats between drying periods.

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Looking better.

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A view of the back side, the hanging key hole, my name and details regarding where the tree came from and when.

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A close up of the 3D image and text details, I would have prefered to have the text coloured, perhaps black or dark brown.

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Another view of the back side.

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This is Black Cherry stained with a light brown stain.

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My first Baby Wall Plaque.

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Different styles I have designed but never cut.

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Images photographed from my computer screen.

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