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Project by 502flier posted 01-20-2022 06:22 PM 600 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This came from a photo of a friend’s dog who passed. The photo is transferred to Vectric’s photocarve program and transferred to a 12” x 12” piece of maple. It amazes me how much detail you can just by carving lines in a piece of wood. I’ve done nearly a dozen pieces so far and most have turned out pretty well.
The file size has limited this post to 1 photo.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up





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987Ron

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#1 posted 01-20-2022 08:22 PM

Dogs are special and the ones we lost are the friends we have lost. Nice work.

-- Ron

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LittleBlackDuck

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#2 posted 01-20-2022 09:55 PM


Cool 502... did you stain it?


..... The file size has limited this post to 1 photo.
- 502flier

You can reduce the size and resolution to reduce the file size. Th upload is size limited, however, the upload process alters the photo to more LJ site friendly size. I’ve found that reducing my pictures to 1,200 pixels wide seem to make no difference in how its displayed. You can upload up to 6 gallery picture of max size, and still go to town with as many photos as you like in the body of the post using the [img] button,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#3 posted 01-20-2022 09:59 PM

That turned out great!

-- "What do you mean, 'Give me some wild cherry gall?' What do you think, this stuff grows on trees or something?"

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Madmark2

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#4 posted 01-20-2022 10:09 PM

Nice, but did you have to use a bidet as an easel?

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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502flier

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#5 posted 01-20-2022 11:37 PM

Haha. For some reason, I guess I propped it up on the mud room sink. It appears you’ve got quite the eye for detail!!

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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502flier

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#6 posted 01-20-2022 11:50 PM

@Little black duck – Thanks for the info. As for the picture, here’s the process:

First, surface the material so it’s completely flat. Even a variance of .01” will potentially ruin the outcome. A light coloured material is best – I prefer maple, although it costs me about $22/foot for 1×12, which is about the smallest size I like for portraits.

1. Clear coat the material (2 coats is best – I just use a rattle-can clear) and let it cure overnight.
2. Run the program (result is a series of hatched lines that really don’t look like anything – the deepest grooves will be about .05” deep)
3. Spray paint black and let dry completely (again, overnight is best)
4. Sand with orbital with around 250 grit until desired result is obtained.
5. Re-coat with clear.

It’s definitely a process, but the result is kinda cool.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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BB1

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#7 posted 01-21-2022 02:15 AM

Very nice job – I’m sure your friend will love it.

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Desert_Woodworker

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#8 posted 01-21-2022 06:08 PM

Very nice project…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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splintergroup

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#9 posted 01-21-2022 06:16 PM

Excellent detail Kevin!

It seems that if one is adventurous, careful application of colors could take it to a new level.

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502flier

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#10 posted 01-21-2022 09:08 PM

I actually did a sort of experimental picture and added a bit of blue to the ‘water’ at the base as you’re suggesting. This one was on a 36” tall chunk of spalted maple. Again, my image got rotated 90 degrees when I added it. The orca is supposed to be coming vertically up out of the water.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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splintergroup

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#11 posted 01-21-2022 11:50 PM


I actually did a sort of experimental picture and added a bit of blue to the ‘water’ at the base as you’re suggesting. This one was on a 36” tall chunk of spalted maple. Again, my image got rotated 90 degrees when I added it. The orca is supposed to be coming vertically up out of the water.

- 502flier

And now he looks dead on the beach 8^) (sorry, couldn’t resist!)

Plenty of tutorials on fixing pictures, basic fix is to slightly resize the photo before uploading (and checking with the green “Preview” button in the upper right corner of the posting text box).

The color application looks to have potential! Did you use a brush and hand paint the water section? Assuming this area was part of the original photo and etching of course.

Great method for personalizing!

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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 01-22-2022 01:11 AM


Plenty of tutorials on fixing pictures, basic fix is to slightly resize the photo before uploading (and checking with the green “Preview” button in the upper right corner of the posting text box).
- splintergroup

Thanks splinter... as lot may already know, I have a phobia against sideways pictures, and was going to boycot the thread after that sideways picture… much to my regret as that (my) attitude will make me miss a lot of good projects.

At least 502 has acknowledged that abnormality…
If pictures appear sideways (under Preview) all that needs to be done is to download from LJ (which will render it in the correct visual orientation on the PC), rotate and upload back up replacing the “original”,

What gets up my nose is when posters just refuse to correct even when they know how to.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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502flier

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#13 posted 01-22-2022 02:22 AM

Thanks for your help gentlemen. I’m guessing it may be a while before I can post another project. I definitely have some learnin’ to do and not a lot of time to do it. The farthest I got after about 3 hours of frustration was discovering that I could add a picture to the original post. ( albeit a sideways one).

Just for context – My daughter sent us a video of one of the grandkids today complete with music and dancing animated characters – my wife asked how she did it and she replied that she had used instagram. I had to ask her, “What’s an instagram?” You get the picture (hopefully not sideways).

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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