This project couldnt be simpler but I hope you agree the finished result is quite nice. It would make a great gift for people who like the rustic style
If you would like to watch me make it, i have a video of the process here:
- Wooden Log
- Epoxy Putty
- Spray Lacquer
- Mitre Saw
- Belt Sander
- Small Rotary Tool
Step 1: Cut the Log to Length
To start with I chose a log that I thought best lent itself to a name plate. The log I used was about 50mm in diametre.
Using my mitre saw I squared the one edge and cut the log to 25cm. These measurement are all guess work really. It can be any size you like.
Step 2: Sand, Sand & Sand Again
I wanted to keep the project really simple so I did all of the shaping on my belt sander.
I started by sanding a flat bottom to the log. This is so it will sit flat on a surface without rolling off.
I then marked in about 20mm from either end and sanded away the bark in between. I tried to smooth out the transition back to the bark on the edges.
Step 3: Add the Name
Now it was time to add the name.
I printed the name onto some self adhesive paper and centralised it as best as I could on the log. You can of course draw on free hand or any other technique you like.
I then used a small rotary tool to carve out the letters. The depth didn't really matter, I just made sure the letters were carved below the surface of the surrounding wood.
Step 4: Epoxy Inlay the Name & Finish
I wanted the name to stand out so I used a two part epoxy putty called milliput. I mixed the two parts toger equally until it was a consistent black colour with no streaks.
I then just filled in the letters that I carved earlier. I always mound the putty above the surface to make sure it is fully filled into the name.
After leaving it to set over night I could sand away the excess epoxy. It sands really well and very quickly. I used the edge of my belt sander to remove the bulk and then finished the last little bits by hand. The name is revealed through sanding and it is always great to see.
I finished the piece with spray lacquer. I'm really happy with how it turned out. I hope you like it too and make some for yourselves.