Using your favorite water or oil-based stain, apply a light coat to the top of your wood, using a paper towel or brush. Let dry, and apply another coat as you see fit. You’ll want to ensure that you’re applying light coats, so the stain does not creep in too deeply into the wood.
For the example print above, I used Minwax’s oil-based stain in the color ENGLISH CHESTNUT 233. Two coats were applied, with a 15 minute drying time in between.
Be sure to wear plastic gloves to avoid staining your hands!
Obviously your name isn’t “Yourname”…but if it is, feel free to skip this step =).
Open up the project, and go to the 2nd tab. Modify “Yourname” to be yours.
Ensure the following:
- Text does not extend past the bottom box.
- Lowercase letters are touching the bottom of the box (outline).
Now that you have that modified, copy and paste the object, and drag it off of ‘wood’.
So we need the outline of the text to be much further away from the fill layer, and the best part, is there’s an app for that!
Select the top text, and click Apps. Choose Offsetter (v2). Uncheck Keep Original, and click Import.
Highlight the newly created object, right click, and choose Combine. Now change that object to be Outline > Outside instead of Fill.
Now that the outline is configured, drag the text down and center it around the Fill text version.
While holding Shift, click on the base rectangle, then right click on it and choose Combine. This will merge the outline and the base, and create a single piece combination that is a Fill. Change this to *Outline > Outside".
We’re nearly there!
Set the cutting depth of the outline to 0.5" (all the way through), and the letters to 0.125" (one quarter of the total depth).
Last thing to do is too update the established year, and you’re done designing! Let’s get carving!
This is the roughing bit section. Equip your 1/8" Straight Flute bit, and start carving!
This is the detailed bit section. Equip your 1/16" 2F Fish Tail Upcut bit, and get to carving!