Learn how to make a custom wooden sign using a woodworking router without using a cnc machine.
I carved out material on a maple board using a woodworking router, filled the recess with paint, and then cleaned up the surface of the board. The project is fairly straightforward and would be an easy one for newer woodworkers.
A Saw - Almost any type of saw will work. If you want a sign with straight edges, a tablesaw, miter saw, or circular saw will work. Curved edges will mean a jigsaw, bandsaw, or scrollsaw will allow you to create the desired profile. If you are using handtools then pick out your favorite saw.
A Router - An electric router will serve you best here, although it could certainly be made with various carving gouges and chisels. There is a plunge cut for the interior portion of the sign and an edging cut on the outer profile.
Sander - There will be plenty of sanding on this project to clean off excess paint. Like the saw, almost any sander will work.
Lumber - I used maple
Carbon Paper - Used to transfer your design onto the wood.
Paint - Spray paint works well to produce an even coat without staining the wood
Finish - I used a wipe on polyurethane to coat the board.
In looking for a supply of beeswax to make some food-safe finishes I met with a beekeeper who needed a custom sign made. We made a deal and I set to work on the sign.