Post by dadealeus on Oct 9, 2021 0:33:05 GMT -5
My wife asked me to make some wall art related to Texas. Specifically, she thought a topographical carving would look nice.
I was able to get the topographical data downloaded as a mesh and then imported into Aspire. Unfortunately, I never realized how insanely flat the earth actually is on a scale relative to the state of Texas. Through a series of actions, I was able to amplify the few "mountains" we have in Texas, but most of the coastal region was still very flat and boring.
I decided to do a quick search on Google for images of Texas that I could use to cut out the state from the raw topographical data I downloaded (the data was just a big, square section of the earth, so I needed a vector to cut out Texas - much like a cookie cutter cuts out a cookie from a sheet of dough.
I found a pretty neat version that someone did of part of the American flag over the southern half of the state, so I borrowed it and then modified it quite a bit to get something I was happy with.
This is the first time I've done a project like this, so I didn't want to use any pricey wood. I went to Home Depot, bought a single 2"x12"x8', cut it into 4 equal lengths, and then glued two of those together to make a roughly 22"x24"x1.5" stock to cut the art out of. I didn't have any wood glue since my last move (must have tossed the old bottle), so I used some CA glue.
Here's my problem:
The "test" piece took about 12 hours to cut and I'm actually REALLY happy with how it turned out - with the exception of two things:
1) The crappy yellow pine I cut it out of - I'd like a good stain or finish, but I understand the underlying yellow makes most stains appear orange.
2) The crappy yellow pine I cut it out of warping to the point of separating the CA glue on the right side of the piece.
I'd like to see if I can salvage the piece and finish it decently. If you have any experience with wood repair, I'd like your advice. Should I just put more CA glue in there, clamp it, and hope for the best? -or maybe wood glue (I'm picking some up tomorrow, but I'm worried it might leave a discolored mark there).
Additionally, if anyone has any experience with a decent stain or finish to use on yellow pine, I'm all ears!