Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial

Why engrave slab headboards ?

Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial is our topic today. Why engrave slab headboards ? Why engrave anything in the first place? Our abilities as engravers allow for us to take an average item and make it better. To personalize it in a way no other can. We do this by use of CAD to scale imagery and place it exactly where we want it to go. Have an old jewelry box laying around ? Put a decorative engraving on the lid. The possibilities are endless.

Material Layout

For our Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial we start with the design layout on the material. I want to know where all the discrepancies are. Knot holes. cracks and leaking sap to be more specific. I’ll measure from my materials dead center and measure to find the location of the problems. Write these down somewheres and have these numbers ready for when you start programming. Your milling area depends on the size of your machine but if it fits under the gantry, you can mill it.

Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial

Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial is just that. We’ll go through the design step by step with you. I’ll be using imagery from our open source library, so what we build you can follow along and do the same project if you’d like. We’ll use multiple pieces of already programmed .CRV files for this project. All of these files are available in other formats for you to import. Still don’t see what you’re looking for  ? Just drop us a question in the contact us located here.

Material this size has to be prepared prior to engraving your scene. We have an article and video on how our shop prepares these large slabs for engraving. Please have a quick review for yourself and see how our shop prepares this larger material for us to engrave it safely. Securely fastening the material down is our #1 priority. These big slabs coming loose can easily cause personal bodily damage or equipment. Lets always make sure to properly secure the workpiece prior to any milling.

Securing and Fastening

For these large projects I only plain one side of my slab. The back side is sanded, nothing more. After all it’s against the wall anyways. I secure the center of my pine slab to my machines Y Axis center of 25.000 inches.This now makes milling 24 inches in either direction possible for larger scenes. Still while leaving a 1 inch buffer at the top and bottom of the Y-axis.

Blocking & Screwing

The slabs are never flat enough to give a good seat on top the spoiler board. I choose all the stuff with the craziest edges. Shimming is mandatory, as well as a good level. Get your material as level as you can. This will prevent the spoiler board bit from taking off uneven amounts. I’ll screw from the underside of my machines table into the slab. An extra set of hands and eyes helps in this process. With non symmetrical material comes blocking. Using scrap screwed to the spoiler board I installed, this will prevent movement of the slab itself


Milling your surface flat

Vcarve Pro slab headboard scene tutorial won’t happen without a flat surface. My same 1.50 inch spoiler board bit will be used for this process. A layout will be programmed just like milling your own spoiler board.  A pocketing tool path will be shown in the video segment on programming. I’ll only take what I must to flatten the surface.

Doing all repairs at this point, filling cracks, gluing loose knots and plugging any holes. Give any step the time necessary for it to dry and then sand my new surface. I prepare my surface prior to starting the engraving, it saves time. Be weary of softwoods. the materials around fine or detailed engravings get erased really quick with too course of sandpaper

Final Inspection

Before the first screw or shim or block is removed, please inspect your work of art. You’re in a great position right now if there were something off. Do not re-initialize the machine as well, leave that starting point right where it is. Now’s the time to do any repairs.

Let’s say you hit a knot in an area that will have to be repaired and remilled. Leaving the material attached and fastened down, the home position left where it was. We’ll do the necessary repairs, allow for proper dry time and create a program. That isolated program will fix the problem area. This is why I never detach large jobs from my table, you’ll never secure it the same way twice.


You can do a lot with just a little. Use what you have for your skill set. Undertake larger projects with time but explore what you have and what you can do with it. Find the best securing practices for your situation.  Leave the larger jobs on the table and get a second pair of eyes to look at it. Print off the black and white jpg from Vcarve as a reference. Learn, study and educate and see where you want this career field to take you.

Thank You for taking the time to read

An Engraver In The Woods

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