First CNC sign

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Project by rtbrmb posted 12-16-2014 11:09 PM 1238 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I would like to thank ChrisK, Ger21 & oldnovice for answering my forum questions before I started this project.

I made this for a friend/co-worker out of a very old 2X10 I had on my lumber rack. The board had a little cupping so I ripped it & glued it with some biscuits.

The sign measures ~8” tall and ~20” long. I initially painted it with a white exterior paint then covered it with clear shelf lining before routing. After routing I painted the bare wood w/forest green. The total routing time was, IIRC, 1 1/2 hours.

The last picture shows the address sign with the lining still on & before I could do any touch-up. After the paint was ready-I placed several coats of clear on the entire sign. He was very happy and I got some free movie passes out of the deal.

Thanks for looking.

Bill in MI

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#1 posted 12-17-2014 02:04 AM

Nice job for the first go at it. I’ve got about 25 hours on my machine and have enjoyed the learning curve. Everyone is getting some sort of sign for Christmas so getting in some good practice. Keep up the good work, I look forward to seeing more projects.

-- -Al, Chesapeake, VA

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#2 posted 12-17-2014 03:53 AM

Nice project > what CNC software are you using?

-- > It takes a long time to become a child - Picasso <

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#3 posted 12-17-2014 04:34 AM

Thanks for the comments.

Al-I have also experienced the huge learning curve & have only scratched the surface on what it can do.

deltawing – I used V-Carve Pro 6.5 (it came with my shark).


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#4 posted 12-17-2014 04:25 PM

I like your technique of painting first, covering with clear shelf lining, routing then painting. I have to keep that in mind.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 07:04 PM

Go State!


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Mainiac Matt

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 08:20 PM

I’d say you made that sign with a vim!

Fight! Fight! Rah! Team, Fight! Victory for MSU!

The plumage detail on the helm is nice…. what size cutter where you using.

Any warp or bow in solid wood creates a challenge for CNCs… which is why flat and stable panel products are most commonly used (i.e. MDO, MDF…)

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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