as i had done with the board, i planed the blank to flat, marked everything off for the sign, and sanded within the marks to remove any planer marks. then it was time to start the pocketing process. i was hoping that this one would turn out as well as the board, but that was not to be. on the first run, had an error for some reason, and had to try to cancel. i recalculated the tool paths, and tried again (if it worked, would run along the same tool path), no go there. it turns out, that the program had changed the drawing size from 9x23 to 11x24, thus changing the x/y/z start point. with that info, i erased everything but the drawing. reset that to proper size, erased all the tool path files and gcode for this, and recalculated, and saved the tool paths anew, and will try again in the morning.