This is a custom nameplate I made for my nephew Owen when he was born. It has a sort of "alien pod" theme, due to the choice of font and use of glow-in-the-dark paint. The design can be easily modified for almost any name, by changing the letters and adding or removing "pods" as necessary.
This project makes a great gift for kids or adults - it could even serve as signage in a shop. It's also a decent project for a shop class, if you're in school and looking for something to make!
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- about 1 square foot of 3/4" Baltic Birch plywood (Home Depot)
- about 1 square foot of 1/4" Baltic Birch plywood (Home Depot)
- about 1 square foot of 1/4" lexan sheet (Home Depot)
- about 1 foot of 1/2" acrylic rod (Ridout Plastics)
- glow in the dark paint or glow in the dark powder (Glow Inc.)
- white paint
- clear acrylic finish (I prefer Minwax Polycrylic)
The tools are pretty basic. I did everything "by hand" but a lot of the cutting could be done on a laser cutter or CNC machine. Use what you've got!
- a variable speed scroll saw (I use a DeWalt 788)
- a drill (preferably a drill press)
- a small vertical sander
- skip tooth scroll saw blades (for cutting wood)
- crown tooth scroll saw blades (for cutting plastic)