I have a few basic projects under my belt now with my SO3, so I am working on completing more “finished” and presentable pieces at this point. However, this presents a problem.
On some pieces, if I am staining or using polyurethane on the wood, it gets in my V-carving, I get sanding dust and other issues into those areas (when they are tacky with poly), or I can’t really stain neatly into the finer details. So I’m curious if the professionals out there ever consider staining or putting poly on your stock first and then doing CNC work? Yes I know that is risky, as you have wasted time and materials if something goes poorly during the machining. Or do you always conduct finishing (final sanding, poly, stain, etc.) only after all machining is complete?