Woodburning a sign.

My mother recently asked me to woodburn her a sign for her kitchen to go along with the other two signs I made. She wanted the sign to say “My Kitchen Was Clean Last Week, Sorry You Missed It.” So began what would become my most challenging woodburning project yet.

The first thing I did was go online and try finding a font that matches the message of the sign. After experimenting with different fonts, I eventually decided to use one that was already installed on my computer, one called Poor Richard. I composed the layout of the sign and ended up with this template.

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The challenging part was getting this template transferred to the wood on which I would do the woodburning. The wood was 23 inches long and I had to find a way to enlarge the template so the letters wouldn’t be too small. I found Rasterbator to be the perfect solution. I uploaded my image, specified the number of pages I wanted to use and minutes later, downloaded the PDF file of my image for printing across two pages. I taped the pages to the wood in preparation of transferring the template. Looking back on this step now, I should’ve adjusted the margin settings at Rasterbator to make the letters more visible among the two pages, but I was still able to transfer the template to the wood as described in the next step.

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Next I used a pen and pressed down on the wood as I traced the outlines of the letters.

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After I removed the paper, I took a pencil and marked the outlines to make them more visible.

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When that was finished, I could see the transferred letters more easily.

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All that was left to do was the woodburning.

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Here’s how the sign looked after I intentionally burned “My Kitchen”.

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After the lettering was done, I put in a border to complete the sign.

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Of course, I signed and dated the back of the sign for posterity.

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Now it’s ready for delivery to my parents’ house, where my mother will varnish the sign before hanging it in her kitchen.

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