Baby's name plate - curly maple and purpleheart

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Project by markhickle posted 03-20-2017 02:31 PM 1132 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this name plate for my first child Joanna, who was born last week.

The letters are milled out of 1/8” purpleheart on a CNC milling machine, and are attached to the curly maple base with ebonized birch dowels. I cut a thin piece of MDF into the shape of the base using the CNC milling machine, and then I used that template along with a templating router bit to shape the curly maple base. The finished name plate measures ~ 3” x 1.75” x 11.5”.

The maple portion is finished with 5 or 6 coats of dewaxed shellac and a coat of paste wax, and the purpleheart is finished with a few coats of dewaxed shellac plus two coats of spar urethane to hopefully hold in the color for a little longer.

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 03:05 PM

Looks perfect! Those two woods match realy good.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 04:37 PM

very nice, and congrats on the baby!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#3 posted 03-21-2017 06:54 AM

Oh that is an real eye-catcher, like it! The wood and proportions match perfect.

Congrats on the baby and thank you for sharing!

-- *** the german lumberjock ***

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