You mean it isn’t a real thing? Just your genius?
Was Rowmark at IWF? I guess I missed their booth. Can’t imagine how, since there were so few booths to see.
Did you see the booth that had Italian veneers? They had a pretty wide selection of page-sized colored veneer samples. I re-visited the booth on Saturday and since there was so little traffic and it was almost over, the gentleman there said: “take all you want”. I kick myself for only scoring about a 2" stack of really great veneer.
Also, did you visit the Next Wave Automation booth? They produce the fairly respectable Shark and Piranha line of CNC machines. They had a prototype desktop laser on display and said it would be shipping next month. It uses a 7.5 watt diode laser, but apparently can cut 3mm plywood. Price is supposed to be $1500. Not really a lot different from all the miniature Chinese lasers in function, but seemed well-built and with the capability to use g-code to cut. Solid company behind it. With this and the Dremel unit, I wonder if we will start to see a wave of this size unit from other reputable companies.
Yea they were on the “finishing” side (non-machinery side). It was like a double booth and they had their displays and product examples. The lady we talked to actually mentioned they have a GF at their facility for testing on their products. We got some samples and brochures for their different product lines and such.
Not that I recall. I was only there on Saturday and didn’t have a lot of time to wander around.
I did see that. Looked to me like a Jtech diode laser attached to their machine. Very similar to the laser you can attach to most of the hobbyist CNC machines. I looked into Jtech to add to my Xcarve and ended up going with the GF instead.
@smcgathyfay 's genius is a real thing!
More like madness out of necessity…lol
Here I am infusing/impregnating color into my Baltic birch…
I feel like I should be putting away $ for child support…lmao
Using craft paint mixed with pearlized createx which is translucent. Apply with a sponge applicator, sand smooth then coat with a few coats of clear polyurethane. Next mask with paper tape, then cut away…
Your coats are so uniform. Looks real good.
I’ll take a close up tomorrow…you can still see the grain which is nice. Using a sponge applicator and thinned paint helps…and working fast to smudge it all on before it dries or seeps in too much in one area…
I have sprayed watered down acrylic paint with good results, but I I like your sponge idea better. Sounds much easier.
I try not to water down the acrylic with, well, water…lol. Createx pearlized paint is thinner than the craft paint so mixing it gives me a good consistency that glides over the wood and slowly seaps in…too much water and the color grabs to fast and gets blotchy.
Here’s a closer up in sunlight…
OK. That’s reasonable. It is genius… I should know… I do a dumbed down version of that.
Just craft paint.
So they’re selling pre-painted ply? I thought that at least the pigment went through or something… Infused with color or ColorShop TM sounds so much better than Big Box Baltic Birch Pre-Painted Ply, though.
I don’t know for sure, but I’ll let you know when my samples come in…
i don’t know how much i’ll be interested in it for personal use. but for professional use at work? i’d rather the company pay for it prepainted than have to try to paint/stain wood in the office model shop. ours is rather small and i have no outdoor space to work in.
I don’t paint mine outside since I’m using acrylic…no smell/fumes.
I just checked on pricing…$17 for a 12" x 24" sheet!! That doesn’t include clear coat or masking!!
Holy cow! I get my BB for $3.50 for 12"x30"
I’ll sell colored sheets to anyone not wanting to color themselves for $15 ea…lmao. With masking! Plus shipping…
if i showed you what our model shop looked like, you’d understand. it’s not about fumes as much as it is workspace. especially once we start working on a model. and we were lucky to steal that much space in the new office build. today’s emphasis on electronic documents, no storage, and 150sf per employee makes things like a model shop a luxury at best.
hell, if i had to do a bunch of stuff like that, i’d just bring materials home and work from home the next day. it would be easier.
Smart, smart, smart…
Yup! I have lots since I use it elsewhere for my business…gives a good consistency with the cheaper craft paint. Lol
I’ll give it a try. I thin my acrylics to flow into my Multi-tool logo. Maybe this is a better way to go.
This product is finished and is masked both sides for vector cutting. Most colors show grains also, not painted.