House Name Plates

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I have an affinity with wood, and if there is an opportunity to make something out of wood, instead of some other material, I will do it.
When we moved house, it was missing it's name plate, I was lucky enough, that the previous owner had not been the tidiest of people, and the garden was littered with offcuts of mahogany, which I had rescued, dried and planed, it had come up like new, and was ideal for making name plates.
I printed off the name, having found a font I liked, and transferred it to the wood, which I then routed out using a 1/4" straight bit to a depth of 1/4". I then stained the whole piece, and finally went in each letter and burned the wood. I will show the process below.

I have to be honest, our name plate, I have altered since, because it did not stand out against the dark wood gate, I took it off again, and painted each letter white, it doesn't last as long as the burned letters would have, but at least now it is seen.

As a result of this, my neighbour asked me to make one for her!
Again I started with a piece of reclaimed mahogany
I printed off the house name
I just put carbon paper under the name and traced the outline onto the wood.
That completed it was time to get the router out again, using the same process I had used for ours.
Again I burned the letters, it not only seals the wood, but will last far longer than paint.
Then varnished the whole piece. My neighbour was over the moon with this, and eighteen months later...I am still waiting for her son to put it up! hahaha!

These are easy to make, and are great for presents, it is something I used to do before I came here, both in Spain, and the UK, they are universally appreciated.
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