Top panel for a gate I am making. Designed some text and tree drawing for the center. We have some Indian runner ducks so I decided to add a couple.
First I planed, thicknessed and glued together some sycamore we felled in 2015, then created the shape on the band saw and sanded the edges and sides then used a cloth to apply some sanding sealer.
The carve was performed with a 60 degree V bit, 70 ipm feed, 30 ipm plunge, 2mm doc, number 2 on dewalt.
Once carved (1 hour 11 mins) painted inside the carve with dark oak stain and wiped off the surface with a cloth. Left for 10 minutes for the stain to do it's thing, then used compressor with air duster to blow out the excess stain and wipe clean. Waited another 30 mins for stain to dry, then sanded the surface.
Really pleased with the result.