I found a few requests in the archives for information on engraving or
etching wood, but there wasn't many replies. Does any one have any
information on engraving or etching machines that can engrave or etch a
logo and/or other information on wood. I am interested in making
display cases for gift shops that have the company logo and other in
formation etched into a piece of wood about three feet long and a
couple inches high.
I would appreciate any information on either the machines that might be
available or where I could send out to have it done by someone else.
Thanks in advance,
I have never done it myself but have read about it. Essentially you will
have 4 options (off the top of my head)
Option 1 - CNC. CNC come in many forms. XY will give you two forward and
back plus left and right. XYZ will also give you up and down. Big $$$ and
steep learning curve. Designs done on computer for output to CNC machine.
Option 2 - Sandblasting. A template is created in a material impervious to
sandblast medium. Blast out the wood in the relief of the template.
Option 3 - handheld router - Using templates you will cut the lettering.
Option 4 - hand carving. Using sharpt tools and a lot of atristry you willl
make your signs.
IIRC - Norm did a NYW where some of these technigues may have been described
(Not sure about CNC)
Somone else with mroe experience may be ablle to give you opinions on these
and other techniques. If you find a good solution I would love to hear what
you came up with and how your final output looks.
No (in 44073c0e email@example.com) said:
| Option 1 - CNC. CNC come in many forms. XY will give you two
| forward and back plus left and right. XYZ will also give you up and
| down. Big $$$ and steep learning curve. Designs done on computer
| for output to CNC machine.
Big $$$ - not necessarily. Follow the link below to see a small $ CNC
machine in progress (I cut the parts from $25 worth of baltic birch
The learning curve is definitely there. It isn't so much steep as
The little CNC machine, BTW, is sitting on a larger CNC machine and
with its 1/4800" (0.00021") step size will be considerably more
precise than its mama. It's being built to do joinery rather than
engraving but there's no reason you couldn't build one for
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Not mentioned in the previous list was laser engraving. I use a laser
engraver on my work. The machine is very expensive, but you can always
sub out the engraving work until you get enough volume to buy something
to do it yourself.
It looks to me that the machine's useful life will be totally dependent on
the hardness of material that you carve. And how much material you remove.
If your demands were not that great, it would probably last a long time. If
not, well, that is why they only warrenty if for 400 hours.
Other methods (do google search) include something called a duplicarver
(you can make something similar), stencils (CMT makes kits, including a 3-D
one), and something called a pantograph - used to copy or enlarge/reduce a
drawing. Seems like it would be fairly easy to make something like the old
Koh-i-nor Rapidograph lettering system used by draftsmen, modified to use a
Dermel or cutter head.
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