So latest project (without the tray - funny story that, when i returned my GF for service I assumed I needed to send the tray back… So I don’t have a tray right now… Anyway, one of the instructors at the stable where I ride asked if I could make a red-oak large barn sign for her new stable that she is opening. She liked my trail signs I did in red oak, and just wanted a very large sign (48" long x 8") so that obviously had to be cut in sections since I A) have a basic and B) wouldn’t fit through the pro slot anyway as it is 0.4" thick. This seemed like an excellent trial of snap mark testing
So into illustrator i made the sign:
Then since I have had better luck with huge engraves using PNG rather than SVG I brought the sign into Photoshop. I then used the Slice-Select tool and chose Slice Divide to make it into uniform sections. My plan is to cut the sections then uses a dowel tool to connect the sections. I did a few test samples for Angela and she really liked it
(the newest addition to the stable, baby Rocky, seemed suspicious that I could align a 48" sign made out of panels…)
So first did a sample with just her logo, and of course forgot masking paper so it gets so grungy with red oak with the outdoor grade Shellac.
Then a sample of the actual first panel with masking paper, and no shellac:
Then I designed a new tray with the right offset and snap marks so I can make all the panels.
Now onto the 12 hours of combined engraving to produce the rest of the sign (I will amend once the sign is finished).