I was hoping this would come out better, but I'm not disappointed with the results. My local trophy and engraving shop has a laser engraver, I stopped by a few weeks ago and talked about what I wanted and they were all for it.
We did a couple practice burns on scrap and then went for it, and that's where it got messed up. We had done the practice on bare wood, when we did the panel Judy put a piece of paper over the wood to absorb any splatters from burning varnish. Unfortunately it meant the laser did not burn as deeply as we thought, and instead of a deep, dark burn we got a deep, light burn. They were really embarrassed, I was slightly disappointed but I'm happy with the results, I was already planning on doing the panel again next winter to fix a couple thing I wanted to do better. In daylight it's a nice, subtle effect, which might even be better. And it might darken down a little bit with a coat of varnish after I add the labels.
moral of the story: fight like you train, practice like you're really doing it.
SeaRey builder lurking to get ideas to make his plane better, and keep his build from stopping like a gear down landing in water.
Dues paid for 2022