Welcome to my first Instructable! Comments are always appreciated, and I'd love to see anything you made with this project.
Update: Thank you all for the Front page feature!
Project Cost: Approx. $80 in materials (NEW)
- Router (or Jigsaw)
- Scroll saw (or coping saw)
- Rotary tool with sanding attachments (varying grits)
- Sand paper
- Palm Sander (optional if you like hard work)
- Paint brushes
- Ink jet printer (optional)
- Wood for the base (I used a solid piece of 4' x 4' x 3/4" clear pine for a nice grain.) - $40
- Wood for the letters (I used a small piece of maple, about 1' x 3' x 1/4') - $10
- Wood stain - $10
- Paint (I used a lovely gold Milk paint) - $10
- Varathane - $10
- Scrap MDF - FREE!
- A Nail or Screw - FREE!
Gather your materials, and let's begin!
Step 1: Make your Template and Apply it to your base
First: Design your sign
Your first step is to make your template. I made mine in Adobe Illustrator first. Illustrator makes a nice Vector image that you can work with easily.
Next: Print your sign... BACKWARDS
Yup, backwards. At full size. This may span several pieces of paper.
Tape these papers together and trim the excess. Try not to cover the ink with the tape.
Then: Apply your image to the wood
Tape your template ink-side DOWN on the wood. Make sure the image is aligned properly.
Now wet the image with a damp cloth and use a hard object (a pen works fine) and rub the ink into the wood. Press hard and make sure you do a rubbing of all the sections.
NOTE: We only need a rough guide for the sign's outline and any sections we will be ENGRAVING. The letters that we're gluing on later don't need to be applied here.
When you're finished, the ink should leave a rough template for you to follow with your cutting.