Material & Tool List;
1. Membership / Access to Tech Shop is a huge plus (laser cutter, wood shop)
2. Wood plank
3. Wood Stain
4. Acrylic Sheet
6. Sand paper and Steel Wool
Step 1: Step : 1 - Make the Base
2. Run it through the Board Plainer to get a nice uniform thickness.
3. Then run the edges on the joiner, to get a nice square piece.
4. Cut to the desired length on the cross-cut miter saw
5. Use the Table Router to put a nice finished edge on the base (this is the part that makes it look the most finished and professional)
6. Create some slots where you will attach the "Topper", there are a few ways to do this. You can use the laser cutter, Plunge Router, or Cross-cut Miter saw (if your careful).
7. Now take your bases to the Laser Cutter Etcher to etch in the custom design. I put tape on the top to help prevent smoke and charring. I would skip that next time it takes to long to remove and most markings should be easily removed prior to staining. I used a repeating text with an appropriate font for these bases, "Cleveland Mods Vs Rockers 2014 - July Twenty-Seventh Two Thousand Thirteen"
8. once the bases have been fabricated you can stain or paint as you would like. I used a dark brown stain that did not require a top or clear coat. I really hate staining wood, so I would likely paint next time... but I wanted to show the beautiful grain in the oak I was using.
Step 2: Step: 2 - Create the Topper
Step 3: Step: 3 - Join the Parts
Now they are complete and ready for use.