Glad you solved your problem. Other issues I didn’t see addressed are:
- The piece to be carved is not held flat to the waste board, as in “it’s warped”. Depending upon how you clamp and the clamps used, all corners may not be tight against the waste board. I’ve pretty much given up clamping and just “screw” the carving down in all four corners.
May not be right for everyone, but everything I carve is "cut out’ from a larger blank. I just “zero” Z since the exact X and Y corner is a “don’t care”.
The blank may not be uniformly thick. Most of what I use is hardwood, either planed by the mill or I resaw to desired thickness. Then, I usually use a drum sander to take to final thickness.
Maybe Easel is not showing you the EXACT result. I don’t know anything about Easel since I use Vectric Aspire. Yes, it’s pricey, but, after you have setup the material, the toolpaths, and selected the tools, it shows you EXACTLY what the carving will be. If you don’t like it on the screen, you need to fix something. Of course, it can’t account for machine problems.
Another idea, for maybe newbees, is to start off by carving smaller, simpler things first. When I started, it took quite a while to understand and solve problems.