I wanted to make name signs and thought some bold fonts would be great to use.
what you may need:
Laser cutter with design software - I used Adobe Illustrator and an Epilog Helix Laser
Wood - I used 1/2" pine plank - it's soft wood and cuts nicely
Hobby knife or razor blade
Varnish or other clear coat
hanging hardware (2 eyelets and string or magnets or double sided tape)
Step 1: Write Name in Drawing Program
These are going to be Vector based so the laser will cut instead of engrave.
When you like the way it looks, press print!
Step 2: Send Image to Laser
It's memorizing to watch the laser cut, but don't stare - it's too bright!
Step 3: Add Border
I liked the negative space that the cutouts made and decided to use that wood as well to add dimension.
Using the rounded corners box tool, make an outline around the names and run the print / cut again.
Step 4: Stain Background
I wanted the letters to really stand out - in more ways than one. I did a stain test and liked the way the letters looked on the Minwax Provincial walnut stain. I coated the background piece, let it soak in for a few minutes, then wiped off the excess. I used an additional paper towel to really rub it in.
Step 5: Glue the Letters
Step 6: Clear Coat
I used Minwax Clear Polyurethane.
Step 7: Decide How to Display It
you could drill a hole in the back at the central balance point and hang it on a nail.
you could drill two holes in the back on each side and hang it from two nails.
you could use two eyelets screwed to the top and some string or wire and hang it from a hook or nail.
you could glue strong magnets on the back and stick it to the fridge.
you could use double sided tape and stick it to just about anything.
how will you mount yours?