Cut slightly past the corners, tape after if needed.
Too late now but you could have waxed the downside of the stencil before
cutting. No, not Johnson's Wax nor bees wax nor candle wax...there is a
special wax made for the purpose, often used in making pasteups for
Print your text in reverse.
Tape it face down to the wood.
Iron it on. You'll have to experiment - some toners transfer very well, others not so much.
Route it out if needed. I'd probably use a Dremel and do it freehand. It would take a while but be more controllable than a router.
They're students. They're more creative than you are.
This bathroom pass won't last more than a day :-)
Something creative will happen to it.
And it doesn't matter what side of town
you're on, if I was a student there, I'd
make sure the bathroom pass had an "adventure" :-)
Maybe it will end up lashed to the top of
the school flagpole.
OK, so you bought a stencil kit, when you have a
perfectly good computer and printer. You can
print stencil font letters at any height you
want on the computer. Print. Using scissors or
a razor blade in holder, cut the stencil out.
Apply spray paint. Etc.
You can even arrange and justify the stencil font
letters, so you can review the message before
printing on the printer. Now you don't need to mask
anything, and one pass with the spray paint, and you're
done. Cutting out the letters is the hardest part.
Just use openoffice of libreoffice and print in 80pt letters (or 37, or
Not sure what that bathroom pass key is supposed to accomplish mind you.
Shame the students? Allow hall monitors to know to let the kid go? What?
Ie not sure whatt he message is that is supposed to be being sent.
(or are the students supposed to be able to use it as a weapon--
3'x3"x3/4" would make a pretty good weapon.
On Thursday, September 11, 2014 2:55:59 PM UTC-4, William Unruh wrote:
It limits the number of students in the bathroom at a time, during classes. If the pass isn't there, you can't go until the last user brings it back.
It authorizes you to be in the bathroom but not the cafeteria or gym.
Basically, not that useful.
I would suggest the purpose is so that someone cannot put the key in
their pocket and take it home.
But the size originally suggested *is* a bit of overkill. Your suggest
size is still pocket sized so no go!!
I'm lazy. I'd use a laser printer to print both sides on selected paper,
then cut and laminate. With a printer, you can add lawyer clauses in
fine print so the teacher can sue the students for big bucks. If the
school office doesn't have a laminating machine, The principal would
probably know where to use one.
I'll bet it could be laminated like a convention name tag, with a safety
pin. The teacher could pin it to the student's back to save the student
the embarrassment of having it fall in the toilet.
Walking down the hall with a "going to the
bathroom" tag pinned on one's back. Sure to
cause a stir. I sense problems soon to occur.
I liked the three foot long wooden paddle,
I mean, whiffle bat, I mean, croquet mallet,
I mean, some kind of weapon. That sounded more
like what I'd prefer. I sense problems
with that, also.
Go to your nearest vinyl sign shop. Tell them what your 'sign' needs to say
and what the exact size needs to be - their software takes care of the
rest. Spray the foreground color on the 'pass' and when the paint is
totally dry apply the vinyl using the instructions the shop provides. Spray
the background color over the sign. Carefully peel off the letters when the
background paint is dry. Works every time and yields super sharp results.
On Friday, September 12, 2014 2:07:35 AM UTC-4, Danny D. wrote:
, others not so much.
It does work, the electronic hobbyists use this to create a printed circuit
board. They iron the design on to the copper board, then use acid to etch
away the rest of the copper. But I don't know what kind of toner they use
I thought of the dremel first, but in hindsight I would use a sharp chisel
to outline the letters before doing that. Maybe a 1/4 inch or so on curved
parts. Then for a one-off, might just keep going and chisel out the inter
ior ofthe letters. Or use the dremel freehand after the chisel. The bit I
've used for similar stuff looks like a little sphere with spirals cut in i
t, I don't know what you call it.
Or, get two pieces of thin veneer or 1/8th inch stock. Cut the shapes out
with an X-acto knife, it will look like a stencil. Stack them on top of yo
ur 1/2 inch board, glue it up. Lamination can be a good approach to 3-D sha
Jasen Betts wrote, on Thu, 11 Sep 2014 13:11:55 +0000:
That's another interesting idea, in addition to the aforementioned
suggestion to print the letters backward and ironing the toner onto
I'm also going to try the suggested dremel tool, as soon as I get
the right bit.
| > People that rout signs often use either a "V" groove or core box bit.
| This is good advice, as over the weekend, I will try anew.
| I want whatever is easiest to control in very soft wood, so, I will
| try the V-groove.
It seems like you're making an awfully big job out
of this. Controlling a router freehand to make letters
is going to be nearly impossible. Even routing a straight
line against a fence is tricky. The bit tends to wander
and a wood with rough grain, like fir, will cause it to
wobble. Using a dremel tool might be more realistic,
but still not easy.
Then once you've routed, then what? Are you going
to squeegee white paint into the grooves? That's a
tricky job, too, if you want it to look good.
Why not just use a permanent marking pen? If that
doesn't look official enough for a school bathroom pass,
you can get stick-on letters at Home Depot for about $3.
If that seems not durable enough you could coat them
with polyurethane or acrylic resin.
For any of those options you'll probably need to first
paint the wood a light color. The piece you have looks
like it's a scrap of pine stained with very dark "walnut"
stain. Ugly. Hard to see. And requiring you to use light-
On the other hand, why not just use a fresh piece of
wood? You could get a pine 1x2 for a couple of dollars,
stick on black letters, then polyurethane the whole
thing. Then you'll have a nice looking pass that looks
official, and the kids won't need two hands free to carry it.
All for less than $10 if you have polyurethane on hand.
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