September 28, 2013 1:38 PM Subscribe
How do I put text on this woodworking project
posted by VTX to media & arts (9 answers total)
I'm making a 3D depth chart to give as a gift to my in-laws who live on a lake. Kind of like these
except I'm going to use progressively darker stain instead of paint.
I'd like to put numbers on each level to denote the depth and maybe a little spot to denote where on the map the house is. I want it to be subtle so that it doesn't stick out looking at it from a distance but is clear up close. The map will be about 24"x 30" and hang on the wall and made out of thin layers of plywood. Each layer will be stained a little darker than the one above it and then finished with polyurethane. I don't want to buy a bunch of specialized tools and I want to keep it cheap. Oh and don't want the numbers to be done free hand. In a perfect world, it would be stamped and burned in but I think would take some specialized tools that I don't have.
The only ideas I've had so far are to stain the wood, then use a stencil to paint the numbers on, then poly over that. Or, I could print out what I want, glue that to the stained wood and then poly over it. Any better ideas?