The first workpiece in the project is the main project. I’ve developed a system for multi-stage carves where I will always have a master workpiece, then make a copy of it and delete things out of it for the different carves.
If you want to make changes, make a duplicate of this workpiece and rename it. Then edit that one.
This is where most of the meat is carved away. 1/8" downcut for roughing and 1/16" downcut for this stage of detail.
The ‘roughing’ pass here is using a 1/16" bit. It will only run about a minute. Fortunately you already have this bit installed. Next up will be the 30 degree V-bit detail pass.
This is where the piece gets cut out. I used a 1/4" compression bit, but any straight bit should work fine here. But my 1/4" ran through this in about 3 minutes.
The star-shaped piece of wood is a very handy collet tool that I found here in the projects.
It works amazingly well.