Where would a good resource to start be found?
This forum, and the training videos.
Crawl. Walk. Run.
Your finished product is rectangular, so we draw a rectangle.
toolpath is a 2D toolpath that is good for quickly cutting out shapes. We want the bit to cut on the outside of the vector and through the full thickness of the material.
At this point the finished result looks like this:
Your project has sort of a frame around the edge and then the middle part is carved part way down. Therefore we create a slightly smaller rectangle. I colored it green so it would be easier to see.
When you want to remove material part way down in a large area a Pocket
toolpath works well. Here I am instructing it to make the depth of the pocket half the thickness of the material.
In the toolpath preview the blue lines show that the bit starts in the middle makes progressively larger travels around the design.
The result is this
You have an array of smaller “squares” that are cut all the way through. We add those square vectors to the design.
To clear out the smaller squares you could use either a Pocket toolpath or a profile INSIDE the vector(s). I’ll use a pocket that goes to the full depth of the material for now since the preview will look better.
Below is the toolpath pattern and the end result.
I've attached the Vcarve 8.5 file.
Let's see if you have any questions about what I've shown so far.