Thinking of using Maslow for textured plywood walls

Hey everybody,
I am planning on finishing my basement next year and have been toying with the idea of making it a castle theme. Castle walls, secret door, some cut outs with brick patterns. In my quest(pun intended) to figure out how to do this (foam carving, plaster stamping, plaster carving), I stumbled on Maslow.
What I am thinking of doing is using Maslow to carve into many 4x8 sheets a medieval castle wall and as long as where they connect isn’t a flat edge you shouldn’t see the edges.
Does anyone see a potential problem?
I would need Maslow to cut a consistent depth, brick pattern and go right up to the edge of the plywood so the brick pattern lines up.
Anyone do anything like this?

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That’s in interesting project :smile:
The sled needs to ride on the surface it’s cutting; so long as the brick texture pattern leaves support for the sled level across the workarea you might be OK. The router’s depth of cut will limit the depth of the texture you can do.

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the router can cut deper than the plywood is thick (assuming an appropriate bit)

The Maslow would be fine for cutting the brick pattern, but cutting divits out
of the wood to try and make it look like stone instead of a flat surface is
iffy. you want those bumps to be rounded in all directions, which is hard for a
machine to do (and cutting into plywood like that is going to start revealing
’interesting’ grain patterns as you reveal the layers.

I would probably cut the brick shapes, but then use plaster (or drywall
compound) to make it look like brick surfaces between the lines

as you get out to the edges, you would need to add some support for the sled,
but that’s not hard to do.

I think your success is going to depend on how ‘realistic’ you want things to be



Welcome to our group.

Perhaps you could use the Maslow fro as many features as possible, then hand finish the rest. I picture it as smaller parts in a lego like fashion. You would make a master set on the Maslow then pour copies in 2 part foam. Doors and appropriate features would be wood. This is how I picture it in my head.

Thank you

Hi @robk444,

Someone else asked a similar question the other day, I beleive it was @Dag83 but i can’t find that post right now.

If the work piece is small enough, so that the sled can rest on a border then it should be possible.

for larger work pieces you would need a creative solution

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Indeed i did, here, also a good place to look about plastic nails. But i think that if you just carve some brick outlines you’ll be fine with the standard sled.

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