Today i will show you how I made a Rustic Harley Davidson sign on the X-Carve CNC Router.
Although I done a Harley sign, you could do other names, I am currently working on one for my Grandfather's Farm. I will post a picture of it when finished.
I wanted this sign to look old and weathered, this is what I came up with.
Note I published the video before I lighted sanded the top.
You will need:
CNC Router ( I have a X-Carve CNC)
Vectric Aspire or similar program
90* V-bits and 1/4" Endmill bits
Old piece of wood 11" x 28" ( note mind was a bit longer, but the X-Carve has limits)
Black Craft Paint
Steelwool and Vinegar Mixed for stain or your choice of Stain or Paint
Rust-oleum Matte clear finish
2 Triangle hangers
2 3/8" long screws
Step 1: Make Template in Vectric Aspire
First thing I done was search Google for a image, I found a image and downloaded it to my PC.
Next I imported it into Vectric Aspire, Traced the image and added some scratches, then added some fake bullet holes. Then added the lettering.
Note: I think I made the bullet holes to big, I might make a adjustment on them
Step 2: Preview Carving in Vectric Aspire
Preview the Carving in Vectric Aspire before doing actual cut. This saves lumber and a waste in time.
Step 3: CNC Sign
Insert wood into the X-Carve CNC Router, fasten down with clamps. Insert the 90* V-Bit and start carving the scratches, names and border.
Then insert the 1/4" endmill bit, pocket the bullet holes and cutout the piece.
Step 4: Paint & Stain
Since my piece was alreay stain, I went ahead and painted the lettering with Black Craft paint. Then after the paint dried, I used the Steelwool and Vinegar Mix. Let this dry overnight, then lightly sand the top of the piece and spray a coat of Matte Clear finish.
If you make this out of new wood, I would paint or stain wood first. After letting it dry, then carve lettering.
Step 5: Fasten Hardware
On the back side, measure the center point. Then from that point, measure over 8" to the left and right. Also measure down about 1 1/2" from flat parts on top. Now install your triangle hangers using 3/8" long screws.
Step 6: Enjoy
Now that your piece is finish, hang up and enjoy. Thanks for checking out my Instructable.
I lightly sanded the top after staining, given it a more worn look. Also sprayed a coat of Matte clear finish on it.
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