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Customizable Family Sign

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Sam Alaimo

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Sam Alaimo

General Information

A great gift that you can customize for anyone!

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Material Description Price
Baltic Birch Plywood

Baltic Birch Plywood

12" × 12" × 1/2" Baltic Birch Plywood


Customize the family name

5 minutes

Open the project and click on the name to change it to whatever you would like.

You can use the align tools to make sure everything is centered.



15 minutes

Once your design is done, you can carve the project.

I used a v-bit and Easel Pro to get all of the details and eliminate the need to use two bits.

The second Workpiece includes an oval is you would like to carve out the design in an oval. I decided just to leave mine as a square.


Sanding Sealer

5 minutes

I wanted to paint in the letters, so before I did that, I used a sanding sealer to prevent the paint from bleeding into the wood.

Brush the sealer on, and let it dry for an hour. Make sure you get sealer in all the engraved parts.


Paint and sand

5 minutes

Once the sealer is dry, use paint (I used craft acrylic paint), to fill in the letters. Because the sanding sealer puts a protective layer over the wood, you can paint sloppy and get paint on the surface of the sign.

Once the paint is dry, take a sander or sandpaper to the surface of the sign and remove any excess paint.

Now you can add a clasp or carve a hole in the back to hang it up!

Dominick Marino
Which bit did you use 60, 90, 1/8,1/4?
Dominick Marino
Sam Alaimo
Hi, I used a 90 degree v-bit, but you could use probably use other v-bits or smaller diameter bits.
Sam Alaimo
Mary Walsh
My smaller letters are not coming out as nicely as yours- I am using the 90 degree v bit, but it looks so chunky?
Mary Walsh