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This is a semi art deco style house number/address made from laser cut wood.

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.
-Dylan Morrow

Step 1: Materials and Tools

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House Sign:

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
Cleaning Rag
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)

Tools:
Laser Cutter (Capable of Cutting Through .25" Wood, Bed Size Minumum of 6" x 6")
Electric Drill
.25" Drill Bit
Screwdriver
 
 

Step 2: Conceptual Design and Laser Cutter Files

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I created the design entirely in Inkscape (freeware vector program) using units and document properties in inches.
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.)




 
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kayakdiver1 year ago
This looks so good I simply had to take a closer look. The outer border has a cool mechanical pattern that reminded me of a fancy motorcycle sprocket, and the inside has a more organic pattern - a nice combination that works well here.

Not to detract from your design, but one additional step could also be to attach small wood discs to the house,then glue the numbers assembly to the discs, thereby hiding the screws and making people wonder how you accomplished the attachment.

Now all I need is a laser cutter! ;~)
juliblue1 year ago
Love this!!
Eh Lie Us!1 year ago
When I first saw the thumbnail, I honestly thought that it was metal. Good job man. Great pix too.
emma.banks1 year ago
It is nice, I like it. However it is sad you did not centre it on the pillar ;)
Nah, I really like the placement. (The light isn't centered; it works. :)

Beautiful work!
oktex1 year ago
Very nice work!
I love the design and steps...amazing what a laser cutter can do!
Tip:
If you want to fill the holes from previous install you can use colored grout and fix them so no one can tell. Just get hydraulic cement and a bottle of liquid color from one of the box stores. Mix in measured proportions (what you think will resemble proper shading) on an old brick or scrap wood, allow to dry and adjust your color till you get it right. Play with the texturing a bit and no one will be able to see the repair.
Really? This is what you choose to comment about? The instructable was great. The result was beautiful. And there could be a thousand reasons for mounting it off center.
pstrauss11 year ago
All I can think of is Bioshock. Very nice indeed.
delorayn1 year ago
You should consider making this and selling on ebay :)
graydog1111 year ago
I looked on eBay and found this laser cutter for $4000.00.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CNC-laser-cutter-laser-engraver-24x36-high-quality-free-shipment-hot-sale-/130856506802
pmn93931 year ago
Nice. Reminds me of bioshock.
My first thought too...
After a quick Google image search, I can say that it is very Bioshock.
I might have to get the guys downstairs to make me one.
prmorrow1 year ago
I would like to make this!
Absolutely beautiful work! :D
discovery3 (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago
Thanks Jesse, it was really awesome writing an instructable for this. Hope to have more cool projects coming up!