My first attempts

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My first attempts

Postby Longknife » Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:44 pm

These are my first genuine attempts with VCarve. I ran a few, small test pieces, but other than a (failed) attempt at machining some dadoes, these are my first projects with my machine.

I used MDF cored plywood and simply painted the carving with black craft paint and gave them a few coats of water based poly. I'm actually pretty happy with the results but I'm having trouble finding a source for the hardwood veneered, MDF wood. I got the original pieces from a bargain bin at a local lumber yard and they have no idea where it came from.

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Re: My first attempts

Postby COWBOY1296 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 3:54 pm

Looks great including the photography.
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Re: My first attempts

Postby joeporter » Sat Mar 07, 2015 4:38 pm

Very nice for anyone's try, let alone your first...joe
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Re: My first attempts

Postby scottp55 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:41 pm

Great Job!! :)
Keep it up.
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Re: My first attempts

Postby roy_okc » Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:12 pm

Longknife,

Very nice signs, especially for very early attempts.

You might have more luck finding veneered MDF at a lumber yard that sells to cabinet makers.

You might want to put your location in your signature or profile settings; someone might know a place near you.

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Re: My first attempts

Postby Longknife » Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:44 pm

Thanks guys, I was pretty happy with my first attempts and hope to only improve!

The lumber yard I was at was a fairly specialized (The Wood Source) place and I called another place (Robert Bury, who I thought was fairly specialised in veneers) but they said it was special order (min. 6 x sheets) and that I need to register as a business as they were a wholesaler.

I will track some down I'm sure.

Of course, if anyone here can offer some good alternatives, I'm all ears. My test pieces were done on regular pine veneered plywood but there was some voids in the lamination that come through the carving. Plus it doesn't leave as smooth a finish as the MDF, which machines very nicely. The only problem is the dust.

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Re: My first attempts

Postby Phil » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:21 pm

Do you have a plywood supplier in your local area? They may have the veneer MDF you are looking for>

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Re: My first attempts

Postby mfirlott » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:53 pm

I'm not sure but have you tried KJP Select Hardwoods, Merivale Rd, Ottawa.
http://www.kjpselecthardwoods.com/

I buy all my exotics there. They have a great selection as well as exotic plywoods.
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Re: My first attempts

Postby rscrawford » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:15 pm

I also like Upper Canada Forest Products. They sell many varieties of hardwood sheet goods.
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Re: My first attempts

Postby zeeway » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:22 pm

The big box stores (you have those in Canada, eh?)...oftentimes sell prefinished shelving that is a veneer over an MDF or particle board core. You have to be careful, because some of the 'veneer' is plastic. You may also be able to find something appropriate in prefinished flooring.

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Re: My first attempts

Postby martin54 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 2:39 pm

Flooring would have been somewhere I would have suggested looking as well, some of the cheaper end of the market engineered hardwood flooring uses an MDF core with a hardwood over laminate. Picked a few bits out of a skip (large metal rubbish bin :lol: ) the other week to see if it was usable but not suited to anything I do really. This was the click together type wood flooring that I am guessing is sold all over the world. If you have any local flooring companies that fit wooden floors might be worth poping in & asking what they do with offcuts.
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Re: My first attempts

Postby MarkJohnston » Mon Mar 09, 2015 3:51 pm

I got mine through Home Depot. It was a special order but only took a week to get it.

I wanted 1/2 thick so it wasn't so heavy for large signs.

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Re: My first attempts

Postby fasteddie58 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:43 pm

Very nice signs, good job! How did you paint the Black without getting it on the surrounding surfaces?
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Re: My first attempts

Postby woody53 » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:21 pm

I work at a Custom Cabinet Shop, and we order MDF core ply all the time. Id check any shops close to you, and tell them what you are looking for. Your signs look very good to me .
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Re: My first attempts

Postby FixitMike » Mon Mar 09, 2015 6:35 pm

Painting the lettering:

My way of doing it is to apply several coats of polyurethane to the material before cutting the letters. If the material has large cells (like oak), I use wood filler so the surface is smooth first. Then cut the letters. Apply a coat of shellac or sanding sealer (sometimes I just use another coat of wipe on polyurethane) if the wood is like pine or poplar and subject to letting the filler paint bleed into the wood.

Now apply the filler paint with a stiff brush. I use water base acrylic. Wipe off any real excess with a damp cloth. Allow to dry 24 hours, then sand the surface with 200 grit sandpaper to remove any paint that remains on the surface. Finish to suit.

However, this sign may have been just stained after cutting and then sanded.
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