Yep a sled would do it, but with me at wheelchair height, it usually means mask/goggles/ bandana in the driveway while swatting bugs:)
Besides, I enjoy seeing the different patterns emerging and I can be hand sanding at the same time.
On that big one, there's a hole that if I had gone down another .2" The hole would have gone all the way through.
And on the small one, I was really afraid of loosing the brightness of the figure.
My initial thought was to make it 2.5" deep and follow the growth ring pattern, but got some really funky ridges in preview, and didn't want to sand endgrain in tight spots by hand very much:)
I looked at some of the other impromptu displays in the house, and all are shallow(like a Red Abalone shell, and a scallop shaped opal glass piece) and it hit me that my wheelchair height would keep me from seeing what was in the bowl on most of my counter heights.
Getting fond of the small one, even though it's not as I first imagined.
I wound up skimming the bottom TRYING to get to the figure, and ALMOST gave up when the last .02" cut showed a little "Flame", and another .02" skim cut and the bottom was as shown:) Also MUCH more stable now that the bottom has more surface area and isn't top heavy....ALMOST would trust it on my windowsills where the cat manages to tip stuff on the concrete floor on a regular basis.
Small pockets on bottom to glue in the leather circle feet, and put info on back and sign it, and then 2-4 more coats and I'll be done:)
My Dad hinted Father's Day was coming....I said "Dream on...It's MINE!"
I like both sides of the large Maple one, so making a slab side/mobile base/ side table with all wedge joinery so it will sit on top and I can flip sides depending on my mood. Room for camera/binocs/ and reference books underneath located at my back atrium doors that look over the beaver pond 30' away...
I spend at least an hour a day drinking coffee and critter watching...so going with my Big Leaf Quilted Maple for the side most likely:)
Be my first small furniture CNC joinery:)