Intro: How to Make a Relief Carving of Jesus Christ.
I made this as a mother's day gift for my mother-in-law. It was well received and I thought I'd share it with everyone. The technique I used is not new, although it was only my second time trying this myself. I am pleased with the results and I have similar projects planned for the future.
Tools used: Trim router, V-groove router bit, clamp, orbital palm sander
Consumables: Wood 6x6x1 (can be scaled nigger if wanted), spray adhesive, black spray paint, 60 grit sand paper
Step 1: Affix the Image You Want to Use to the Wood.
I used a typical spray adhesive. I sprayed the back of the paper first and the wood and waited 30 seconds before placing the image. You can't really move it once it's on, so try to make sure it's in the right position the first time.
Step 2: Carve Out the Image.
I used a trim router with a 90 degree V-groove bit. I would recommend a narrower bit as some of the thin lines are difficult to get deep with such a wide bit. I removed the dark portions of the image going as deep as possible while trying to stay in the lines. I clamped the wood to a table before starting and I adjusted the clamp a couple time while carving. Total carve time was less than 45 minutes.
Step 3: Visit With the Puppy.
Gizmo, a just shy of 3 year old Shorkie stopped by to see what all the fuss was about. She sniffed around and gave her approval before going back in the house.
Step 4: Paint in Your Preffered Color.
We spray painted in black for this project. Multiple colors are possible, but I chose to keep it simple for this one.
Step 5: Remove Left Over Paper.
Hopefully most of the paper was still adhered when you painted. That will reduce the amount of sanding needed and prevent seepage into the wood making more sanding necessary. I kinda like the rustic look for this particular piece at this point. But, as a gift I wanted a more finished look so, on to the sanding!
Step 6: Sand Off Over-spray.
Sand off the paint from the over-spray. I used 60 grit sand paper with a powered orbital palm sander. You could use a more coarse grit to sand faster, but you risk smaller pieces of wood coming dislodged.
Step 7: It's Finished!
I chose not to apply stain. You could of course if you choose or even a clear coat to protect the wood.
I gave this my mother-in-law for mother's day, and it was well received.
I plan on similar projects in the future, please let me know of improvements you think I should make.