Seriously, I have "been asked" / "volunteered" to make a series of
award plaques for our research technicians at work. I am going to use
Ipe because I was able to collect hundreds of BF scrap from a trellis
that was erected outside of my lab and the research committee (and I )
thought that using this wood would be keeping some "conceptual
continuity" and would add to the importance of the award (plaque).
My design had a grooved borader on the front with rounded over edges
and a key slot in back to allow for it to be hung or propped up on a
shelf. The rest of the committee wanted their logo - a double strand
of DNA - across the top of the plaque.
This has me thinking; how do I do that? One idea was to make two jigs
with a bandsaw, one for each strand, and then rout them with a very
fine pointed bit, going in opposite directions. Any other
suggestions? Thanks in advance,
I'd make them out of something pliable like thick coloured wire or coloured
strands of malleable plastic and then display them in some sort of wooden
stand, maybe something like you'd see in an hourglass, but displayed
laterally. Sure, you could spend hours making the strands themselves out of
wood, but for me if I was making them, it would take the pleasure out of the
construction and I suspect most wouldn't realize and not be able to
appreciate the effort that would be required to make the strands out of
The easy way would be to send it out to someone who has a laser
If you've got a compressor you might try making a stencil and then
sandblasting the logo through the stencil. Done right that can be very
nice for some logos--doesn't work too well for those that have fine
Making up a branding iron and burning it is another possibility.
Then there's good old fashioned hand carving.
Make a ladder from beads and dowels. All small stuff. The 'rungs' of
the ladder 1/4" x 1-1/2" with a hole drilled through the length. Use
the same drilled dowels for the vertical ladder components.
The intersection between the vertical ladder dowels and the 'rungs' is
handled by the drilled beads (about 3/8" diameter beads)...only
drilled enough for string.
Drill through the beads and small dowels and run string through the
parts to make a rope-ladder.
twist the whole thing into a helix and dip in WEST epoxy, or brush on
some other clear epoxy.
You can, of course, scale the thing to any size.
If you need to picture what a 2D projection from a 3D object looks like to
draw it (read dimension it), prop up (orient) the item where it is best
described as front, right, top, then it dn't move. Then coordinate a std.
ortho space system (normal 3D space), picture each features' edge in the 3
or more view(s) by visualising where water would flow when acted upon by
Thanks for your replies. I should have been clearer on my
description. It needs to be 2 dimensional, routed or etched into the
surface of the plaque. The committee is on a very tight budget so
that's why my work is "volunteered" and I know they would not want to
pay for an engraver. The Miles craft item looks like it might work -
I'll have to see how well it does linear work.
Pun inteneded -I'll be "experimenting" with my own double helix
template this weekend. If it is doable I'll let you know. Thanks
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