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DIY Wooden Framed Laser Etched Poster

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I've always enjoyed making custom posters, and when I came across the opportunity to take Dale Carnegie's "How To Win Friends and Influence People" and make it into an inspirational poster I of course obliged. 

Full Discloser: I made it at Techshop and I highly recommend anyone near one to check them out.

Materials List:

Wood for a frame: roughly 1" x 1" and should be made of some kind of hardwood
Wood for the poster: I used a walnut plywood with 3/16" thickness
Wood glue
Routing bit that matches the thickness of your wood for the poster
Sandpaper

Techshop Classes Needed:

LAS101: Laser Cutting and Etching SBU
WOD101: Wood Shop SBU
WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU
 
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Step 1: Design and Laser Etch Your Poster

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Using the Epilog Laser cutter, laser etch your design. I've attached all the information you would need to exactly replicate this what I've created here including power and speed settings. I ended up making two passes, both of which took about 30 minutes. I didn't want to generate any smoke or burn marks in the wood, which I opted for the two passes. 

Step 2: Make the Frame

Once you have your poster finished, it's time to make the frame. 

1. Router out slots for the poster
Note: Run a test piece first to figure out how much material you can take away at a time. For me, these frame pieces took about 8 passes to do a 1/4 inch of depth. 

2. Cut 45 degree angles using the chop saw
Note: Be sure to take into account the depth you routed out on the table router. 

Step 3: Glue Everything Together

Using a light mallet or hammer, do a test fit any make sure everything fits together alright. Now is the time to sand and adjust to get those corners to mate up a flush as possible. 

Once you're sure you've got good alignment, add some glue in the frame slots and carefully press everything into place. I had super tight fits to begin with, so once I had the frame where I wanted it, there was no need to clamp anything. 
That is a great idea! I've seen things etched, but not framed like that :) So is that from the book?
Thanks so much! Yes, in the edition I read, at the end of each chapter was a list summarizing his main points. When I reached the end of the book, I was expecting to see a combined list to summarize everything, but only saw the back cover. That's when I got the idea.