Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Hello Fall Sign - Free Laser File

Hello and welcome back!  I realize it's early November and everyone is selling and making Christmas files.  I do have some Christmas files I will share with you very soon.  But it is still fall so today I am sharing a little sign file I made recently.  You can make it any size you want but the file is set up for a sign that is a little over 8.5 inches.  It will just take one sheet of Glowforge size plywood but I used two different boards for my sign.  

I bought these dry erase lapboards back in June with the hope that somehow they would work for sublimation.  They didn't.  But they are a nice size for the glowforge as most dry erase boards at the big box stores are too big to fit in the glowforge and have to be cut smaller with a table saw.  They're 9" x 12" and are 1/8 thick.  I masked the front and back with my favorite masking tape.  The brand I use is Tape Man Blue and it is comparable to Vinyl Ease which I have also used.  But you get 300 ft with the Tape Man Blue Brand vs 100 ft for the Vinyl Ease, which makes Tape Man a better value.  I apply the tape and use my handy pizza dough roller as a brayer to adhere the tape well to the board.

I uploaded my file to the Glowforge UI and ignore all of the steps on the "fall" section as I'm working with the "hello" part right now.  The shiplap lines and hello are set to engrave and the outer square is set to cut.  I use "set focus" on the middle of my board.  I then set the hello and the shiplap lines to engrave  and the outer square is set to cut.  I use thick draftboard proofgrade for engraving and my cut settings were:

Speed - 125
Power - Full
Passes - 2

After cutting with the above settings, you will probably notice quite a bit of char on the edges.  I use a paper towel and wipe all the char off really good before I remove the masking.  

Then I cut the fall section using baltic birch plywood I purchased from Woodpeckers on Amazon.  

I didn't mask because I had planned on painting it a dark color.  

In the Glowforge UI, I set the hello steps to ignore and the fall frame has three steps:

The fall frame (black) and the little rectangles (blue) should be set to cut and the red lines set to score.  This gives the frame a mitered look.  I'll explain the little rectangles soon.  I use Proofgrade basswood settings to cut the frame out.  I then stained it with expresso color chalk paint.

Since the dry erase board is so hard, you will need something a little softer to attach your hanger on the back.  This is where the little rectangles come in.  On the back of the whiteboard line up the piece containing the rectangles with the top of the whiteboard.  These handy clips are useful for clamping thin boards in place.

Then glue the rectangles to the board, using the scrap as a guide.  I use Gorilla superglue for this.

A few minutes later you can remove the template scrap.  The little rectangles are lined up nicely on the back of the board and ready to attach your hardware or hanger.  I used a wired jute rope and my staple gun to attach the hanger but you could also use d-ring hangers and your choice of ribbon or rope.

When your fall frame is dry you can glue it on the backer.  I again used Gorilla glue for that and my little clips to hold it in place.  

Then all you have to do is hang it!  If it will be exposed to the elements and the sun you will probably want to spray it with a sealer.  My porch is pretty protected so I skipped that step.

What do  you think?  It's a quick easy fall project and I had fun making and designing it!  The fonts used are About Love and Life Savers.  The file comes in .svg and pdf formats and commercial use is allowed.

mswhizz said...

Thank you so much for the free file and the great tutorial! (The little wood squares are ingenious.) As a Glowforge newbie i really appreciate you taking the time to share your expertise and creativity.

Scrappincop said...

Thank you for your kind comment! I hope you stick around for more helpful hints and tips coming soon!