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DIY Backlit Wood Sign - (from jumpfroggy's 'ible)

I saw jumpfroggy's 'ible called "DIY Backlit Wood Sign" and thought it was really cool, but didn't have a use for it. Then my dad started up a new company called Easy Tributes and said he was going to lots of tradeshows and conventions for it. I remembered this, and decided to make it!

Mine is a little different than the original.
- The first noticeable difference is that mine is painted white with a black border, and the letters have a painted stroke around them.
- Also, I used 1x12 wood (Two- 3 foot pieces) for the front and back and used 1x4 for the edges.
- A third difference is in the way I wired it. I used two "light bulb to wall outlet" converters that I found at Walmart for $.98 each. I attached each of those to a short extension cord and hot-glued them in opposite corners of the box. The lightbulbs I used were 100w-simulating CFL bulbs, which actually only use around 25 watts of power. I attached each of those two extension cords to one main short extension cord, and then attached that one to an outdoor/indoor 25 foor heavy duty cord. This is the only cord coming out of the box (I wanted it to be simple and easy to use). I also added a standard light switch about 4 inches from the female end of the heavy-duty cord. This way, you can turn it on or off instead of unplugging and plugging it back in.
- Another minor difference is in the way I cut out the letters. I used a jigsaw, but only for the rough cuts. I went back with the Dremel with a sanding/grinding attachment to make it look nice.
- (Another note on the painting) I also put a coat of Poly-Crylic on top to finish it off and make it look nice.
- The last difference is the diffuser I used behind the letters. I used some thicker card-stock rather than printer paper.

Overall, I think it turned out pretty well. Next time, however, I will do a few thing differently. First of all I would round off the edges with a router. Next I would add two doors on the back - one in front of each lightbulb - so you can easily change the lightbulb when it dies. Third, I would find a better way to mount the light switch... It looks pretty bad.

Thanks for looking!
Adam

The light setup in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci7ln1IN48Y&feature=youtu.be
How the letters were traced on the wood: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZs2WuQeMIM&feature=youtu.be
Overview of the entire piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTT7v8Q5YfU&feature=youtu.be

When I read the sign in the picture my mind jumped to the Hunger Games and "Easy Tributes" made me think of a sign hanging over the easier targets.

Wonderful Instructable and keep up the great work.

Livingstrong
Adambowker98 (author)  Livingstrong1 year ago
Haha! That would be cool, but not fair to the tribute!

Thanks for the compliment!
Adam
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