Wooden name plate for bedroom door

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Project by Beautifulsunshine87 posted 07-03-2015 05:55 PM 700 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife’s sister recently welcomed their latest addition to her family, and my gift to her new son was to make this name plate for his bedroom door. As you can tell, his name is Sloan.

I used a scrap piece of pine I had leftover from his sister’s toybox project and routed all four edges with my new router. Then, I traced out the letters of his name and used the plunge feature on my router to trace out the letters about 1/4-1/2” deep into the wood. Once that was done, I used my woodburning kit to etch and darken the inner wood; it wasn’t perfectly black though so I made some touch ups with a sharpie.

I then covered the whole thing with 4 coats of exterior grade polyurethane varnish I used for my picnic table build last year and voila; added a couple holes, some twine for extra rustic effect and hung it on his door. Not a bad start to the little guy’s life at home ;)

Tell me what you think!

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-- Beautiful Sunshine Woodworking

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#1 posted 07-04-2015 12:20 PM

I have one of those State Park sign kits from Rockler that I use for these. Never been able to do them freehand. I salute you sir

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 07-04-2015 04:31 PM

The freehand is not so hard to do with scrollsaw—-

Use pencil guide-lines easily removed and just draw the letters. If the wood wants to change them as you cut; let it.

Do some practice on junk wood and quite soon you will like the results!

-- just rjR

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#3 posted 07-04-2015 08:25 PM

1 – Hi Jim
I found that sharp router bits, having your wood piece clamped to the table, a slow guiding hand and pencil lines to follow all helped make this fairly easy. The router didn’t escape my hands too much so I was able to stay within my lines. Good luck with your future freehand work!

2 – Hi Ralbuck. I actually don’t own a scrollsaw, so I figured I would try my hand at using the plunge router and moving it around to trace out my letters and it worked surprisingly well! I did use pencil guidelines and practiced on scrap wood before. Good advice though!

-- Beautiful Sunshine Woodworking

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#4 posted 07-05-2015 01:35 PM

Nice sign.

Welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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