Personalized Garage Sign


About: Hi my name is David, I like to make things out of Wood, also like to take things apart and fixed them.

I made this sign for my Garage a couple of years ago. I'm a Big Ford and Mustang fan, so when I designed my sign, I had to use both elements. It's made out of White Pine bought at Lowes. I designed the sign in Vectric Aspire and carved it on the X-Carve CNC. I used a 90 degree V-Bit , a 1/8" Ballnose bit , 1/4" Ballnose bit , and a 1/4" Endmill bit. Painted the lettering with Craft paint, then stain and clear coated

Items needed:

Cad/Cam Software: I used Vectric Aspire version 8

CNC Machine: I used the X-Carve CNC Router

Wood: I used a piece of Select White Pine from Lowes 24" x 11 1/4" x 3/4"

1/8" Ballnose Bit

1/4" Ballnose Bit

1/4" Endmill Bit

90* V-Bit

Keyhole slot Cutter

Craft Paint: Blue, Black and White

Small Paint Brushes

Orbital Sander with 220 grit sandpaper

Also some loose 220 grit sandpaper

Minwax Prestain Wood Conditioner

Minwax Ipswich Pine Stain

Rustoluem Gloss Clear


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Step 1: Design

I designed the sign in Vectric Aspire. I first decided on the shape of the sign, then I added the Lettering and dates. Download and trace the Ford logo and Mustang Pony. I then switched over to the Toolpath side. First I added a Profile toolpath using a 1/8" Ballnose bit for the Since and Date. I then added another Profile toolpath, using a 1/4" Ballnose bit for the Outer outline of the sign. Then I used 90* V-Bit for the lettering and the Ponys. And last I used a 1/4" Endmill to cut the piece out, leaving tabs to hold it in.

Before carving the sign, I used the Preview option, to see what the sign was going to look like. Then I saved the Toolpaths.

Step 2: Carve

I then clamped the piece of Select White Pine in the CNC Router, and begin carving.

I first carved a couple of Keyhole slots, then flipped the piece over.

Then used the 1/8" Ballnose bit, then the 1/4" Ballnose bit. Then put the 90*V-Bit in to carve the lettering and the ponys.

Finished the cutout with a 1/4" Endmill Bit.

Step 3: Sand

After removing the tabs with a small knife, I sanded the outer edges by hand with 220 grit sandpaper.

Step 4: Paint

Then I put a coat of Clear Lacquer, over the areas that was to be painted. After it dried, I used the Craft paint for the lettering and ponies.

Allow the Craft paint to dry overnight.

I used the Lacquer to prevent the paint from bleeding into other areas

Step 5: Sand Again

Then Sanded with 220 grit sandpaper, blowing and wiping the piece off good before continuing.

Step 6: Stain

Then I applied a coat of Minwax Prestain, allow it to soak into the Pine for about 10 to 15 Minutes. Then applied a coat of Minwax Ipswich Pine stain.

After letting the stain to dry overnight, I had to touch up some of the Painted parts.

Step 7: Clear Coat

After the Paint and Stain has dried for a couple of days, Spray a couple coats of Rustoluem Clear Gloss.

Then attached hardware or make Keyhole slots, that's what I did.

Step 8: Finish

Now the sign is finished and ready for the Garage. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable. Thanks for checking it out.

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