I’m looking for cheap material to learn with.
I’d like something that can hold detail well enough to see what I’m going to end up with before committing to something expensive (brass, aluminum). Something cheap enough that I don’t really think too hard about making mistakes. I had thought that renshape and it’s friends would fill the space nicely, but it turns out to just be too expensive (even in sheet form, a 2"x16"x60" piece runs $400+…and that’s still a LOT more material than I think I want) SignBoard seems like an awfully close cousin, but I doubt the pricing is much better, and I can only find it in full 4x8 sheets, but at least I can find a local sign supply shop that will sell it to me. Machinable wax looks like more hassle to reuse than the time is worth, but the material is too expensive to just throw away. Actually getting renshape like material from someone local is a lot more difficult than I would have thought, at least here in the midwest (Minneapolis/St. Paul).
Was considering composite decking (Trex and such), it’s pretty cheap, it’s easy to get, should hold detail better than softwood, easy-ish on cutters. So…ideas?