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Posted on Epoxy fill vs Torch on CNCed lettering

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#1 posted 12-20-2018 03:46 PM

how are your hand painting skills ?
with a small project like that, you could finish sanding
and apply your clear coat, then hand paint the engraved
graphics with small brushes with very little bleeding of the black paint.
[filling any of the selected voids with epoxy is a separate project].

as for the torch idea, you can engrave some similar graphics on similar wood
with the hand-held router (no need for the CNC for a test panel).
with the torch, the top edges will burn, some of the bottom of the graphics
will brown, the deep corners and recesses will not be affected very much (if at all).
so in essence, you will not be satisfied with the burning technique.
~ I vote for hand painting ~



- John Smith

I had debated hand painting actually but i’m not terribly skilled at it and it seemed like the paint might run just like epoxy into some of the nooks the smaller lettering intersects with. That said, the paint would be plenty easy to sand off if I made a mess so skill probably isn’t too important.

As a note to others, I have plenty of scrap cherry that I can do a test run on but none of it is burl wood and there are no viable cutoffs from this.

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