Much of making is about trial and error, especially when you are trying new things, and most of the time it is most about errors. Inlays were no different.
Originally I thought I could have the rounded, bar and wording as one piece. However, the fitting of the inlay was too tight, and I ended up destroying the raised lettering trying to press in the inlay.
Also the single piece inlay didn’t account for the counters of the D in MIND and A and P in GAP. The counters that cut by the X-Carve were too small and damaged. I would have hand-cut something to fit.
The final reason not use a single piece was for easier customization of the wording in the bar. Rather than inlaying the wording and dealing with the counters of some the lettering, I decided to raise the lettering. Separating the top and bottom arcs from the center bar would make this so much easier.
A couple of days ago, I redesigned and remade me material placement brackets for the X-Carve CNC Router. After the CNC homes itself, I usually have to set the XY zero an inch up and an inch right. I do this in order to clear the bit from the placement brackets. For consistency sake, I always set the XY zero an inch up and an inch right from the home position.
The original placement brackets didn’t take this into account, so I cut some shim to place between the brackets and material to offset the required distance. However, I didn’t like the ships as a long-term solution. I could misplace them or forget to utilize them when needed. I needed a more permanent solution, so I redesigned the placement brackets to integrate the necessary offset. No longer would I have to worry about losing or forgetting to use specific shims.
I came up with a new design for a eclectic sign to sell. The design would be the London Underground logo, but, rather than a particular station name, the phrase every Londoner knows, “mind the gap”. The iconic red circle with a horizontal bar in the middle of it would be an inlay. So today I have been teaching myself how to do inlays.