latest project I am working on… for the wife for Valentines Day. its 24 x 36 pre-made pine board from Lowes. stained with a weathered grey and cherry to give a distressed look. not sure if the letters are going to go black or not.
Oh almost forgot… all done with Easel. cleared out most of it with a 1/8" downcut, then came back with a 90 degree v bit for the detail pass. Only cut in .06".
Speaking of Easel… there had been much discussion on wasted movements. When I was watching it carve I was watching where some of the “waste” was coming from. Some is from inside corners. midway through a letter, lets say the ‘E’ on SOMETHING, it will go to every inside corner and make what looks like a triangle (it is really small and tight when it does the movement) then it goes back and does the angles for the corners. in reality it could just do the final bit and skip the triangle movements. the rest looks to be from when it traces the letter several times while not cutting anything.