My cousin is getting married and asked me for some things for the wedding. One thing she asked for was a welcome sign to display during the outdoor ceremony, at the reception, and then to hang in her house after. She left the design up to me.
After coming up with a design I liked, step one was cutting it out. I knew I would have to stain/poly it part way through the cut, so I set up a plywood reference on the table and cut the edges off with a 1/4" endmill to ensure it was perfectly square to the machine.
Next, I placed my material and cut out the main design. The reason for all this effort was that the text is in the bottom of a pocket, so I couldn’t pre-finish the material before milling.
Once finished I could place more plywood strips against the reference and then cut out the profile of the sign.
My new reference allowed me to put my sign back on the table in the same place it came out of, and cut the text vcarve