Here is how to make a nice home decor sign which you can use to enhance your home or your pet's area. In this case, I made one for my friend Bill, who is a big supporter of all animals and pets. You can make a sign for your pet or for yourself, too.
1. Create a 2D design
I created mine in Photoshop, adding the little design element on top of the letter I- which is a chess piece- a chess king. My friend Bill is a chess master and teacher. Once done, then I imported the 2D design into Corel Draw, which is a vector program. Here you can specify which parts you want engraved, and which parts you want to cut.
2. Transform your 2D into a 3D design
It is now time to create a 3D design. There are many 3D softwares out there. I used Vectric and Aspire. You can import your design from 2D and it will be transformed. At this point, it is important to know the type of material- for my first try, I used a simple plywood. You also need to know the thickness of the material, and the drill bits you will be using for cutting and engraving. I also designed the outer outline and the two holes on the side This will prepare the design for the CNC router.
3. Time to cut and engrave
I used the CNC router. Learning it takes some time and preparation.
Everything went relatively smoothly.
4. Sanding and filling empty areas
First, I filled in some holes with wood filler, then I used an orbital sander and sandpaper to sand it smoothly. Smaller areas were sanded using a file. The better the wood, the less work is necessary. Plywood is not as great as other materials, but it was good for this exercise.
In this case, I used a Dark Walnut Danish oil. You need to wear a mask and apply this in an open area, away from kids and pets- since there are some toxic fumes.
then let it dry And that is it, you are done.
In my case, I later decided to add a few splashes of loosegold paint for a more artistic look. I really like seeing the wood grain through the finish.
And the sign is now ready to hang on Bill's wall!