Actually, on my first run I had a serious derp moment - I ran a carve toolpath on the larger areas to a depth of 7mm with the 10 degree. It was unnecessary and time consuming. After the whole thing had been carved I ran the 1/8th single flute flat end across the background plane at 6.5mm - thats why there’s a horizontal line texture across the background. You could get a similar result from running the flat end mill first and then switching to the 10 degree at a depth of .5mm deeper than the flat cut. It would be much faster.
The topmost plane of the piece is untouched and unsanded until after the poly went on. That includes the rope, the top of the eagles head, his talons, the ribbon, and the surround.
Most of the cuts are done with the crazy sharp 10 degree carving bit. The three fluted bit, I think came with my Makita Router (could have been the dewalt though…) 1/8th inch diameter - it’s got a very shallow point but I don’t know the exact angle. I just used it for the profile cut around the outside. I ran engraving toolpaths for the detail in the ropes - I think doc there is 4mm or so. Also for the outline of the talons and legs, but not as deep - maybe 1 or 1.5mm.
You guys really deserve a full write-up. I’ve got to refine my G-Code and put everything in the right order. As soon as I’ve got it squared away, I’ll start on a well documented breakdown. I’m just crazy busy at the moment and gotta pay some bills.