It is an affordable, practical, safe, and fun project for people of any age.
While the design I use is art deco style, my intention is to simply demonstrate a concept of how you can implement your own interests and ideas into creating a house number that is your own.
Although a laser cutter is used as a tool, an awesome design can be achieved using other tools and the same theory.
I hope you will modify my design to reflect yourself and share pictures with me.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
1'x2' .25" Thick Scrap Oak Wood Sheet
1'x2' .125" Thick Birch Wood Sheet
Wood Glue - Elmer's Brand
Acrylic Silver Metallic Paint
Small Paint Brush
Small Foam Brush
3" x 3" 150 - 400 Grit Sandpaper
2x 3" Length Cement Mounting Screws
2x Cement Mounts
Optional: Clear Spray or Paint On Polyurethane (Adult Supervision Recommended)
Laser Cutter (Capable of Cutting Through .25" Wood, Bed Size Minumum of 6" x 6")
.25" Drill Bit
Step 2: Conceptual Design and Laser Cutter Files
If you have not used Inkscape, look up some videos on the basics because that's all that's needed.
Document properties should reflect your laser cutter's bed size so you will find my document file below to be 1' x 2'.
.001 inch stroke tells the laser cutter to cut as opposed to etch.
Remember the design included below is just a style I like. You can modify the shape, text, and garnishments to your preference.
You can even use other materials such as plastics on the laser cutter.
(Note: I use a free custom font called Market Deco, but in my actual design I forgot to bring a copy of the font with me so ended up having to use Arial. Don't make my mistake and save a PDF while on your own computer.)