(yes it’s a snarky title, no this isn’t political, so chillax). I am speaking literally/geometrically, Texas is shifting my work to the right!
I needed to make a sign for my wife’s animal hospital, which is part of VCA (well now that is part of Mars Inc - yeah the candy guys). Anyway, I took their logo and put the hospital name inside the logo and carved it (I use VCarve Pro from Vectric and CNCJS) - II switched from Easel (the x-carve equivalent to the GFUI) due to some painful limitations I ran into. I carefully CAD’ed up 2 stand legs on the back to create the desired angle and cut them out on the x-carve. Put it on the table. Damnit, whoever made the logo didn’t bottom align the words with texas (was it too much to ask for the letters to be height matched to the graphic?) So now I am cutting out feet that attach at that angle and wrap under so they are different heights (they fit into a pocket on the back) and I have to use a japanese style furniture saw to cut the legs off the back and replace with the new ones. this is the problem when I don’t design my jobs in CAD overall (this would be a painful sign in a regular CAD program). For those who care that is 1x12 poplar - unfinished. I will probably water-seal it just so it is cleanable for those accidents that happen at an animal hospital.
For scale since there is no banana handy that is about 28" wide…
For hold down I am using the tape and glue method (which in theory would work fine in the glowforge. You cover the back of the object in strips of blue painter’s tape and then the sacrificial board with the same. Then you squirt accelerator on the sacrificial side (so the overspray doesn’t get on your work) and a small CA glue bead down the middle of each blue tape strip on the workpiece then you push it down forming DIY double-stick tape. Works great and removes super easily and cleanly (unlike regular double stick tape. Similar to those sticky mats people use for cricut and paper in the GF - but unlike a drag knife 1 1/4" end mill would shred those mats (and does to the blue tape but who cares it’s blue tape!)