BLUF - I’m new and only had my GF for a few days. Today I decided to see if I could replicate my old hobby of wood carving Santas on pencils. Let the adventure begin… I learned so much today.
Needed to make a jig to hold pencils - done
I needed to find an old carving to try and replicate - done
Test the transfer from image to wood, lots of test on draft wood before moving to pencil, then lots more test there, but I got it done. Here are the best settings I found today.
Holding the pencil(s) in the jig worked great for both sizes, however aligning the image to the pencil consistently, wow was that hard. After many failed attempts, I came across the link below; do yourself a favor and make this fiducial ruler now. It works great. Prints lined up great every time like some kind of magic. Perfect Alignment Every Time - The Fiducial Alignment Ruler (design in post)
I didn’t have the required magnets, so I found this honeycomb pin template. The magnets are on order as well. These pins worked like a charm to hold the ruler and jig in place. Honeycomb bed holdown pins
Just a few of the test here.
Here you can see it all coming together…
Side view showing the relief.
It’s not perfect. I’m still going to play with it more. Maybe a touch white stain to bring out the depth. Lots of more designs to put on these first-grade pencils.
P.S. I forgot to put the files for the pencil jig and santa image. Here you go.
PencilJig.svg.zip (9.4 KB)