This week I made myself a Split Initial with Last name sign. I have been wanting to make something like this for sometime. So I will try my best, to show how to make this. Sometimes it is hard to write down instructions on how to do certain things, that's why I have included the video. I myself can watch someone or video, and make more sense of it.
You will need the following:
CNC Router, I used the X-Carve CNC
Cad/Cam Program, I used Vectric Aspire
Red Oak wood 15" long x 7 1/4" wide x 3/4" thick
1/8" Endmill Bit
Clear Gloss Lacquer
Minwax Golden Oak Stain
Black craft paint
Sander with 220 grit sand paper
Rustoluem Clear Gloss Finish
Step 1: Design
First thing I done was choose a font for my Initial, I choose Adobe Caslon Pro Bold. Then I created a box for the last name. Created a couple of lines, above and below the box. Then used the trim tool to edit the vectors.
Check the video out, for more detail instructions.
Step 2: Add Toolpaths
I then switched to the Toolpath side, first doing a V-Carve with a 90* V-Bit on my last name. Then done a V-Carve with a flat depth of .08 inches deep, using a 90* V-Bit and a 1/8" Endmill. Done a profile toolpath for the lines, on the vectors. Then preview all the toolpaths, to see what it should look like.
Watch the video for more details.
Step 3: Carve
Next I installed my piece of Red Oak, in the CNC router and carved.
Step 4: Apply Lacquer
Then I applied a coat of clear Lacquer over the lettering, after doing some light sanding in the lettering.
Let the Lacquer dry for a hour or two, before continuing.
Step 5: Paint
Now you can paint the lettering, I used Black craft paint with a small brush.
Note because we used the Lacquer, we don't have too worry about getting outside of the lines.
Let the paint dry overnight before continuing.
Step 6: Sand
Now sand over the entire piece until it looks good. Also sand the edges of the board. Then blow off with a air hose.
Step 7: Stain
After wiping down piece with a Tack cloth, I stain the Red Oak, with Golden Oak stain. Let the stain set for about 10 minutes, the wipe off the excess.
Now allow the stain to dry overnight
Step 8: Finish
Now spray a couple coats of clear.
Note to get a real good finish, apply a couple coats at first, let that dry for a couple of days, then lightly sand with 220 grit sand paper, and apply another coat.
Step 9: Hardware
Now I installed a Sawtooth hanger on back for easy hanging.
Step 10: Enjoy
Now hang up your sign and enjoy. I hope you like this Instructable, and hope you learned something from it.
Thanks for checking it out.