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In this Instructable you will learn how to make a TO DO chalkboard using a laser cutter.  I used the laser cutters at TechShop in San Francisco to make this happen.     

Things you will need:

a vector of stencil letters 

.25 inch thick MDF with a pre finished chalkboard surface (18" x 24")

a "D" hook

Gorilla Super Glue (www.gorillatough.com)

a measuring device

a pen(cil)/marker

optional: laytex gloves for applying super glue

a nail and hammer to hang up

and some chalk!


 
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Step 1: Preparing your vector file

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First you will create the shape of your chalkboard.

I chose a Rounded Rectangle that was 23"x17".

I decided on that size because the bed in the laser cutter is 24"x18". And I found it to be easiest to just make my cut slightly smaller than the dimensions of my material. 

Next you can include your text in a stencil font: TO DO






Step 2: Create Outlines

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Be sure to go to Type and Create Outlines of your text.

This allows your text to turn into a cuttable vector.

Step 3: Rotate and scale vector

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Rotate your text upright and scale it to the size you like most. 

(we must make sure that the design is directionally correct, because the orientation of the bed is 24" wide and 18" tall).

You will need to change your line stroke from 1 pt. to .0001 because that is what the Epilog (the brand of laser cutter) software will understand to cut as a vector. 

Step 4:

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Place your material in the laser cutter and make your cuts.

You will need to take a Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class at Techshop in order to be able to use this machine.

Because every laser cutter I have ever used is slightly different I recommend doing test cuts and adjusting your settlings accordingly. 
shazni4 months ago
First instructable and featured! Way to go :-)
mignetic (author)  shazni4 months ago

thank you! :)