First project - Cradle project

Here is my first project. Building a cradle for my first grandson. The end caps will be mdf and will be painted. I hope that the paint won’t lose to much detail here.

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WOW very nice,have not received my Shapeoko yet. I hope to learn to use it like you.

Very nice! Have you considered painting the panel first, then engraving? It would add some contrast. Just a thought.

A few options here:

*Different coloured cut areas
**One way to do this is to paint one colour, mask it off (using a suitable material[Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable]), then paint a succeeding colour and repeat, planing or sanding off the excess paint[Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable] Wax helps[Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable]
**Another option is to cover the entire piece in adhesive vinyl, do the cutting, paint and then peel off the vinyl.[Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable]
**Or use epoxy: Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable — note that eyeshadow is supposed to be the sort of pigment used.[V-carve + resin inlay - #40 by jrsteurer]

Vendors:

Metals:

For marking engravings in metal, the traditional thing is a lacquer marker: Lacquer-Stik Paintstick — e.g., Amazon.com

Brass:

Patina solution — Traditional Black Patinas – Sculpt Nouveau [Engraving Brass? - #3 by mikep]

Alternatives

An alternative to engraving would be to use a drag knife to cut a resist mask and then chemically etch the material.[Shapeoko CNC Router, Rigid, Accurate, Reliable, and Affordable]

@JeffWimer very cool piece. What tool type did you use?

I used the #301 90 degree v-bit that you can get from Carbide 3D.