* 1/8th inch straight router bit
* 220 sandpaper
* Carbon paper
* Stain of your choice
* Piece of wood, I usually design my sayings first then make my board fit it!
First I designed what I wanted my board to say on Microsoft word. I use a small version first on landscape mode. For this design since it was larger than one piece of paper, I had to print full size in pieces and tape together.
Then I used Carbon paper behind the lettering to trace it onto my board. Carbon paper, yes that is right they still make it. Staples has it in their specialty paper section...or you can order it online. Hint, I tape the top of my stencil paper to the board, so that it doesn't move while I am tracing the letters. You can leave your carbon paper loose and move it as you need it.
Once it is all traced how I like, I then head to the garage to get my router ready!
I use a Craftsman 1/2 peak HP router. And I have really seemed to be a big fan of the Bosch router bits, as they uphold a lot more in the straight router-ing before breaking. I have found less expensive router bits onsale online, but everyone of those that I have bought and used have broken before I could get through one sign! That doesn't save me any money when they break too easily, especially the smaller bits.
I set my depth of the router bit about 1/8inch down, sometimes 1/16th, depending on what sign I am making and how I plan to finish it. This particular sign I knew I wanted to be able to puddle the letters with stain, so I wanted them a little deeper, so 1/8th works for this sign.
As you can see above I just follow the pattern of the letters and cut the entire sign.
Next I sanded the entire sign...making sure that I got rid of any of the rough edges. I also like to use a hand wood carving tool to clean out the sawdust and debris in the letters before I stain!
Next I put two coats of stain onto my sign. For these kinds of signs, I like to puddle the letters with stain, as you see above, it leaves the letters darker and easier to read, without having to paint them first. When you puddle the letters, use a foam brush and basically let it drip into the carved letter, and once you have a line done, carefully take the foam brush and spread out any extra stain that got onto the top of the sign. If you don't, you will have darker marks by each letter. During this process you have to work pretty quickly to keep it an even stain.
I like to use Minwax Polyshade on these, because it is stain and polyurethane all in one....so you don't have to go back over with poly!
As you can see in the above picture, the stain will take on the coloring of the wood....this piece has a lighter bottom shade from the grain of the wood.
So here is finished product....all ready to hang in Cami's room. Check out my new stamp to go on the back of all of my own creations!
Well I hope this has inspired you to create your own designs from wood. It's simple and easy to do!
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