My friend asked if I could make this as a gift for her boyfriend, who is a volunteer firefighter.
It’s about 7.5 inches in height and I used the Proof-grade Walnut Plywood & glued it with Gorilla Wood glue. The glue left a tiny bit of residue, but you wouldn’t catch it unless looking for it.
You mean you used the Walnut, right? Fantastic project! I’m always curious when projects like this are made, so I’ll ask - did you engrave the places that you placed the name, border, ladder etc.? Seriously, this is pretty amazing!
Haha, definitely glad to give you the suggestion, because I’ve lately been making tie pins and this has helped me a ton when placing the pin onto the print, but also I’ve seen a few other posts mentioning that they also did it.
The walnut is my favorite wood, in fact I’m gonna run a print on some in a little bit
When you’re referring to the smooth finish, are you referring to the bottom/lower surface of the piece, or are you talking about the ‘outline’ of the extrusions?
If I’m understanding you correctly, this would then be made up of two layers of wood and adhered together? One layer as just the base shape, and another layer comprising the outline/border, and all the other extrusions?
Engraving a single piece of wood will give you a lot of char and the area surrounding the letters will be very rough. CNC routing a single piece of wood will give you a smoother finish, especially if you use a ball endmill. However, as @jamesdhatch said, it’s just a different effect.
Yes, it’s made out of two layers. I preferred the 3D look and didn’t really want the letters to be rough. Using a different wood to contrast would have made the top layer pop out more, but I liked the subtle classy look of using the same wood layered on top.