The final product is awesome. I know this because Kate asked about the machine I used to make it.
The process of making something so exact attracted the attention of one of my children. I insisted it was something that he could do. Yesterday we set out to again prove that his father is always correct. I took a couple minutes to start the process with him. His lines became much crisper by the time he got to the 6th letter. (I did the 'B' and the 'K'.)
This, of course, led to making another gift, a cleaner workbench and a wish that I made the original plaque in reverse.
As you become immersed in this craft you find tools whose capabilities truly fascinate. I appreciate my gouges (I used a total of three for the two plaques). The options they afford me are relieving (get it?). 2-3 hours and I have exactly what I want.
My next post, which will come much sooner than this one did, will showcase another series of tools that will afford me the opportunity to make exactly what I want, not limited by what bits or blades I may have. Any guesses?
Pick up a couple gouges. Play around with them. Are there other tools that encourage you to make a small project in a single evening?