Introduction: Barn Quilt Sign on a CNC

I wanted to try something different, I have seen these Barn Quilt signs on side of barns, painted up with different colors. So I made one using my CNC Router. I have included the video of this, for the ones that likes to watch.

I have also included the dxf files, for downloading.

What you will need:

A CNC Router or a handheld Router with a steady hand.

Pattern or design your own using software, like Vectric Aspire or similar

90 degree V-Bit

Plywood, I used Cabinet grade Whitepine 23 7/8" x 23 7/8" x 3/4"

Sandpaper

Orbital Sander

Black Craft paint

Minwax Prestain wood conditioner

4 different colors of stain

Paint brushes

Outdoor Satin Clear finish

Step 1: Design

I designed my sign in Vectric Aspire, once I got all my vectors where I wanted. I then made a profile toolpath using a 90 degree V-Bit. Cutting a .063 inch deep V groove right on the vectors.

Step 2: Carve and Sand

I carved my sign with the X-Carve CNC Router.

Once the carving is done, I sanding the v grooves and lightly sanded the top. Then blew off all the dust.

Step 3: Painted the Lines

Then I painted the V-Groove lines with Black craft paint, once dried I sanding the top again.

Step 4: Prestain

Because this plywood is pine, I applied Minwax Prestain wood conditioner.

Step 5: Stain

I then applied 4 different colors of Minwax stain, now after applying one color, I would like it set for a few minutes, then gently wipe off with paper towel. Trying my best not to touch adjacent blocks. Do this for all the blocks.

Then I let the stain dry over night, then sprayed a couple coats of Stain Clear.

Step 6: Enjoy

Now hang up and enjoy the beauty. This was my design, but you could do thousands of different designs.

Thanks for checking out my Instructable, hopes this inspire somebody to think out of the box.

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