In this Instructable, I will show you all, how i made a Spooky House sign for Halloween. I have included the DXF file, for anyone that's interested.
I have also included a short video of me making this on Youtube, if you want to watch.
I have entered this in the Halloween Contest, so vote if you like, Thanks
What you will need:
CNC Machine ( I used the Xcarve CNC )
Cad/Cam program ( I used Vectric Aspire )
Cabinet grade Plywood ( I used Cabinet grade Pine Plywood from Home Depot )
Picture of Spooky house
Black Craft paint
Glow in the Dark paint
Red Craft Paint
Step 1: Design
Find yourself a picture on the Internet that you like, preferably black and white image ( or if you are real artist, draw one yourself ). Next import it into vectric Aspire, do a Trace on it, which turns it into vectors.
Once you have the image into vectors, adjust them to your liking and add objects and text. Also adjust the size, my stock was 23 1/2" x 23 1/2", so I adjusted it to fit into those limits.
Step 2: Toolpaths
Now we need to add some Toolpaths, I went with a Pocket toolpath, using 1/4" and 1/16" Endmills. The larger tool cleaning up most of the area, and the smaller tool finishing up the details, all at 1/16" deep.
Done another pocket toolpath for the Windows, going down another 1/16" deep. Also done a profile toolpath for the RIP text on the Tombstone.
Step 3: Machine Toolpaths
Install a piece of Cabinet grade plywood onto the CNC machine, clamp down. Down the first carving, pocketed down to 1/16" deep with the 1/4" and 1/16" Endmills.
Step 4: Apply Lacquer
Now I applied a coat of Clear Lacquer to the parts that I was going to paint Black, overlapping onto the Top of the Plywood. This is to allow me to paint and don't have to worry about being perfect.
Allow the Lacguer to dry for about 1 hour.
Step 5: Paint
Then I used some Black craft paint, to paint the areas that I carved out. Allow this to dry completely before going to next step.
Don't worry if you get some over the edges, that's why we applied the Lacquer.
Step 6: CNC Again
After the Black paint dried, I reinstalled the board back into the CNC, and carved the Windows.
Note that I carved the Windows a total of 1/8" deep.
Step 7: Sand
Then sand the top layer, until you get rid of all the Black paint.
After that blow off or wipe off real good.
Step 8: Spray Clear
Then I sprayed a coat of Rustoluem Matte Clear, over the entire piece.
Allow this to dry to can specifications, I allowed it to dry overnight.
Step 9: Paint Again
Now it is time to paint the Windows, I used some Glow in the Dark Craft paint, hoping this will show up at night time.
Note put several coats of Glow paint, for a better affect, allowing each coat to dry first.
Step 10: Finish
Apply another coat of Rustoluem Clear finish, attach hanging hardware, and enjoy.
I hope everybody likes this Instructable and gains some knowledge from it.
I will be Entering this into the Halloween Contest, so please vote if you like it, Thanks for checking out my Instructable.
P.S. I hope everybody has a Safe and Happy Halloween