Here are the materials I used to make the nameplate. Note that you can easily substitute almost any wood, though I prefer to use Baltic Birch because it's dimensionally stable and easy to work with. Plus, the stripe pattern on the edges looks really cool. Note that this material list is for making four "pods," adjust as necessary if you need to make more.
- 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)