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
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
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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