Did you make a vinyl template? Is that what I am looking at? interesting I have been working with airbrushes and templates lately and was thinking about buying a vinyl cutter but not if I can cut them out with the machine.
Greg I will try, there is so very much about a computer and a CNC that I don't know and sometimes this old man has trouble trying to convey stuff. I made a short video of this actual carving, but haven't had any luck putting it on this forum. This was a very thin craft board that had a dark finish then it was whitewashed. After I got it, I put a clear sealer on it and let it dry. I have found that the vinyl does much better if the wood has been sealed or a painted base coat. Next I put the vinyl over the area that was to be carved getting out as many air bubbles as I could. This is the same vinyl the the vinyl cutters use. I saw somewhere the other day that a person used plain old kitchen shelf contact paper from Walmart instead of the high price vinyl. Next you carve as you would do any 2D sign. Next I used painters tape to cover the exposed wood before I painted the carved letters. The vinyl where is carved has some "fuzzies" like a dull bit on wood but when the vinyl is peeled off usually it leaves a nice edge. I hope that this is everything, if there are any questions I will do my best to help in any way that I can.
Fatpoppy, you confused me when you talked about the copper tray, I was looking and looking to see how you carved copper until I looked at the last picture. I love watching others do things because while mechanically I can accomplish most things, it's in the idea stages that I'm usually lacking. Love your tray!