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Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby NL7U » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:18 am

I recently lost my youngest brother, and his wife has asked me to create a wooden headstone on my cnc machine. Oh, Boy! This has me looking for help as I want to explore all the possible scenarios for me to accomplish this. All woods left outdoors will deteriorate whether it is teak, cedar, or whatever else is available. Epoxy, fiberglass, oil finishes also will become ugly over a span of years. Personally, I would rather convince her that this "boot hill" marker is a bad idea and for her to just go with granite, but I will at least investigate it. I just don't know where to go with this...please help me...Thanks.
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Re: Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby TAW » Wed Oct 23, 2019 10:56 am

If you search at top right of form page with granite- there are several post about using a drag bit on granite tiles. I believe the attached snap shot is under the word "engravings"
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Re: Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby NL7U » Wed Oct 23, 2019 3:34 pm

Yes, I agree...but she wants a wooden marker, so that is what I am exploring first.
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Re: Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby Kayvon » Wed Oct 23, 2019 4:32 pm

My sincerest condolences for your loss. I can't imagine losing a brother--my heart goes out to you and your family.

You could look into marine finishes, which are used on boats. Something like a UV-protecting polyurethane coat and an epoxy resin would preserve the underlying wood for a few years, but it would need to be refinished occasionally. Even high-end boats with woodwork, which are a good comparison for this, need to be refinished an maintained to keep them looking good. That's where I would start investigating.

Ultimately, I think your hunch is right. You want something that will endure, even if future generations neglect to maintain it.
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Re: Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby BillK » Wed Oct 23, 2019 7:31 pm

You might want to PM Eagle55 or just view his work here :http://www.eaglecarver4.com/gallery#/headstones

Roger made these out of Corian I believe. He was/is a care taker at a Cemetery and a shark user. He replaced many missing markers with his Corian headstones.
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Re: Grave marker suggestionns please

Postby tonydude » Thu Oct 24, 2019 7:01 am

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