Awards & Engraving

August '19

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12 • A&E AUGUST 2019 are super handy, but there are restrictions and legal jargon that take time to sort through and digest. Use Google maps at your own risk. Before you start drawing vector shapes over the top of the imported images, it is a good idea to lock the images so that you do not accidentally select and move them while you work. To do this, right-click on the image and select Lock Object (Figure D). The same steps unlock the image when needed. The metal inlay, which depicts the Big Sioux River (running through our fair city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota), required routing out material to a depth between 1/8 and 1/4 inch. I realized on my first attempt to apply the solder that if the depth is too shallow, the metal inlay may not be stable enough to survive the grinding and sanding process. Using the laser to create the river outline was the simplest solution for a guide prior to the router process. I separated the Big Sioux River from the artwork and placed it into a separate document and lasered the wood (Figure E). FOLK ART — DONE BY HAND The bulk of the steps for the rest of this project were done by hand (as they should be with most folk art). The tools I have collected over the years in my garage were enough to complete this inlay, minus the 2 1/2-inch hole saw, Dremel depth guide, and engraving bits. Figure F illustrates all the tools I used for the inlay process. Tools used: • Wood clamps • C-clamps • Wood shims • Dremel with depth guide • 1/8-diameter router bits • Hammer and punch • Small nails • Propane torch and lighter • Solder and solder gun • Sa n d i n g b l o c k a n d s a n d p a p e r (medium grit) • Pliers and dykes • Drill and hole saw • Welding gloves Fig D Fig E Fig F

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