Lets make a door nameplate
In the current situation - there has been an increase in the number of things delivered rather than heading to the shops.
Being a building with two flats - and two doors - but just one house number - there's been a fair bit of confusion and stuff delivered to the wrong flat.
So - time for a name plate for the door.
The house is from 1932 - so - we took a look at other signs from the same period and landed on one with a nice thin font (Poirot One) and bars/corner boxes.
So - first up - make the backing board. This is a piece of 6mm ply - cut to size and sanded smooth on one side.
Second - the frame to hold it to the door - these are made from old cut off pieces of pallet wood - jointed, planed and routed - to give a rebate along the inner edge to take the board and chamfered on top edges.
So - how to do the lettering?
Step 1 - three coats of a spray white lightly sanded after the first and second coat.
Step 2 - design the layout in a combination of Illustrator and Fusion 360 - getting the result as SVG.
Step 3 - cut out the design on a silhouette cameo 4 cutter using stencil material - a sticky back thick vinyl/plastic and then attach this to the white painted side. Mask off anything outside with tape. Make sure all edges are tightly pressed down.
Step 4 - three coats of a spray black
Step 5 - very very carefully - remove the stencil - hoping all the while that nothing has got under the edges. That was a bit nervewracking.
These shots show the results after peeling the stencil.
Three more things to do:
- A coat or two of a clear top layer to protect the thin black paint from damage
- Paint and cut the frame and cut the excess off the board away (equal amount of white space on all four sides)
- Mount it