Introduction: Customized Chalkboard Eraser Gift for a Teacher

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The school year is coming to a close. Here is a simple way to show your appreciation to a favorite teacher in your life with a customized gift.

I made this at TechShop.

Step 1: Gather Materials

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What you'll need for this project:

  1. An eraser. I found this one at the dollar store.
  2. A sander (or sandpaper + some elbow grease)
  3. A laser engraver

Step 2: Sand the Top of the Eraser

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The eraser that I purchased at the dollar store came with a logo on it. Fortunately, since it's made of wood, it's easy enough to sand to remove it.

To make it easier, I used an electric orbital sander which removed the logo quickly.

Step 3: Prepare Your Design

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Using your preferred graphics program, create a canvas that is the exact same size as the eraser top.

Get creative and come up with a design that you'd like. I've attached a copy of the Illustrator file that I used to create mine. Feel free to edit.

Position your material at the home position in the laser. Once you're ready, just go ahead and print! Here are the laser settings that I used with mine.

Step 4: All Done!

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Once it's printed, you now have a great, personalized gift for a special teacher!

Comments

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2014-04-11

Great idea! Did you have to do anything special in the laser cutter or did it stay put pretty well?

trev25 (author)Penolopy Bulnick2014-04-11

It didn't move at all. The laser has a honeycomb bed and the felt from the bottom of the eraser just kind of gripped onto it.

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