Mother's day just passed and this year I decided to give my Moms something besides flowers. I've been having fun with resin and decided to try to engrave some wood cutting boards and do a resin inlay. I setup the design in Aspire and started with some fancy capital letters to v-carve.
The designs carved in the wood pretty easy. Next up I went to fill with resin. I chose Alumilite Amazing Clear Cast resin over my normal Alumilite Slow. It's not a very big pour but Alumilite slow cures fast and bubbles are hard to manage without a pressure pot that I can't use on a cutting board. Amazing Clear Cast cures in 24 hours. I'd like faster but I really wanted smooth. My original plan was to use a syringe and inject it precisely in the v-carve. The resin was too thick for my small syringes so I ended up doing an overfill. In retrospect it probably worked out.
After it cured I used the CNC machine to plane it down. I then used a rotary sander and went from 80, 120, 180, 220 to 320 grit. I was actually surprised how easy it was to finish. I coated the whole thing teak oil and it worked out pretty well.
The second design was a Gamecock for my USC grad wife. Same basic process but a little more work because it was done in two colors. I did the two colors together and sanded just like before.