I had someone ask me to make a cross for their father’s gravesite. I use to power-carve crosses and he said his father really liked them, so I’m going to do that but I’m not sure how to incorporate the name and dates. My crosses have a kind of organic flow to them. (imagine frosting on a cake or waves going in different directions) I don’t do them as much anymore because of arthritis but am thrilled to get out there for this project.
Because of the carving, I don’t know how to incorporate the name and dates. I don’t know if it would look good using the CNC to engrave or emboss the name somehow. I don’t know… I thought about maybe using metal letters but I would have to do them myself as premade letters are way too expensive. I’m thinking maybe using the CNC to cut out aluminum letters and having them sort of float/stand off the cross somehow…? I think an engraved plaque might be better and I could set it in the middle but he mentioned doing his name vertically and the dates on each side of the cross. (birth/death) I don’t know but I do want to give his idea some thought.
Is cutting out 2-inch letters easily doable in aluminum 0.019 inches/0.5mm thick? Using a 1/8in down-cut bit?
Any thoughts or other ideas to place the name and dates on the cross? Below is a picture of a cross I’ve done before that is similar to the one I will be doing. Please and thank you all, I really want to make this project work for him and his family
I have to run out as soon as I post this so if you post and I don’t respond, I’m not being rude, I’ll be back.