I recently decided to "play" with my dad's CNC machine and learn how to use it. Decided I was going to make some end tables out of a couple pieces of oak I kept when I cut down a couple trees in my yard. The plan was to carve out a design in them and fill it with bar top resin. Attached is a picture of where I'm at now. The concern I'm having is that whenever I put any epoxy, resin, etc on it really darkens the wood and a lot of the stain blends in so that it's hard to see. I'm afraid that if I put the resin on it may be hard to see the design and it will also lose a lot of the 3D effect (and once you do it, it can't be undone). I'm open to suggestions if anybody has some.