Nice job. You could also glaze this and bring out the carving details...check out Tim Merill's guide...viewtopic.php?f=28&t=6622
After glazing to bring out the detail we'll either do a stained round-over edge with a hanger...
Glazing is already part of the plan.
I've read Tim's article on glazing and it's very good - pretty much what I have been doing for about 30 yrs in the furniture business - brands and all. Hoping to get that part taken care of this afternoon but I still have to decide on an edge treatment.
vfauto wrote:That would be nice if every thing carved that smooth. Can you share the specs on the bit, speed and feeds please.
Sure - Roughing - .25" 4 flute end mill, Pass/Step 0.1 40%, 12000 rpm at 50 imp. (I slowed the feed from 60)
Finish - .125" 4 flute tapered ball nose, Stepover 0.01 8%, 12000 rpm at 75
mike and tony - if you've got some birch, give it a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed. We were lucky enough to find about 60 bf of 11-14" wide planks that were kiln dried and skip planed to 1.125" for an unheard of price of $1.87/bf and every bit of it has some gorgeous ribbon grain and color that runs through it. It's also been very stable in the shop and has cut beautifully for everything we've tried. The smaller lumber (6" - 9") isn't figured as heavily and is closer to maple in appearance though it tends to amber a bit under lacquer, unlike maple.