Hand Made Address Plaque With Glowing Numbers & Secret Compartment!

by:Max Apparel     2020-07-28
Spring is coming and for me it means it\'s time to start freshening around the house.
There\'s one thing that\'s been on my-
For a while, the to-do list has been made to make a beautiful handmade address plaque.
Before this project, I nailed the standard black plastic number code to a post on the terrace in front of me as my address plaque, even though they achieved the purpose, it\'s hard to see them from the road and it really doesn\'t look so attractive.
To address these issues, I made a custom address plaque using the tiles I left from the re-production
Tiled the kitchen with some of the scrap hardwood floors I left from previous projects.
Of course, it\'s not fun enough to make a simple address plaque, so I also let the numbers shine in the dark and added a secret compartment to hide the key to the spare house.
The first step in this building is to create plywood backplates that support the various parts of the logo.
This board is made of 1/2 plywood and will vary in size depending on the size of your existing tile.
The width of the back plate should be the same as the combined width of the tile I. e.
If you have four tiles and each one has a 4 \"width, then your back plate should have a 16\" width.
As for the height, the back plate should be equal to the height of the tile plus 1.
Top of 5 \"and 1.
5 \"for the bottom.
As the back panel is completed, the next step is to create a rabbeted board for the top and bottom of the logo, securing the tiles in place.
Tip: Hand board means cutting a step to the edge of the board.
Rabbeting is generally used to make wooden carpentry, but for this project it will be used to hold the tiles in place.
First of all, cut your hard board so that they are equal in length to the plywood back plate and make them about 3 inch wide.
Next, set the blade height so that it is slightly higher than the thickness of the tile and set the tear fence around 1 \"from the blade.
When everything is set up correctly, pass your board through the blade as shown in the figure.
This cut will create the back of rabbet.
After the first cut on both boards, raise the blade height to about 1 \"and move the torn fence in so that the first cut will encounter the first cut you have made ,(see picture).
Once everything is set up correctly, a cut is made to complete the rabbets.
Once you have finished the Rabbe cut for two plates, the next step is to route the edges of these plates.
Routing is optional, of course, but I think it gives the logo a more elegant look.
For this project, I used the 3/16 Ogee fillet bit, although the simple beads, coves, or chamfer bits worked the same.
Check the pictures to see what the board looks like after being routed.
The secret compartment is hidden behind the last tile of the logo, so for my address (1053)
The key is to hide behind what will become the \"3\" tile.
To create a cavity for the key, I used a cut-in router with a 1/4 depth cut-in bit.
It is important that you make the cavity deeper than the thickness of the key you want to hide, because you will use the thickness of the adhesive velcro and velcro plus the thick key may be very thick, usually around 1/4 \", when it comes to wooden items exposed to elements, finishing is always a big consideration.
When I do something with wood, I will assemble it first and then complete the whole project, but for outdoor projects I will reverse the process and finish each piece individually and then assemble.
The reason is that water can work, it will go into small cracks and joints, and if there is no finish in these places, water will cause the wood to twist and rot.
For this finsih, I used cabot oil-based wood stains, followed by 3 layers of polyurethane applied to the wrapped block of wood, black exterior wall paint followed by 3 layers of polyurethane applied to the plywood back panel
After all the pieces are finished and dried, you can now assemble the wooden part of the logo.
The assembly is very direct and the only big thing you need to consider is to keep the spacing between the two rabbeted boards right so that the tiles can be placed correctly.
To do this, first screw one of the saw plates in place at the top or bottom of the plywood back plate, as shown in the figure.
Next, insert the tiles into the rabbet space so they can be installed comfortably and place the opposite rabbeted plates in place and tighten them.
Remember, you want a small \"wiggle space\" so that the tiles can be removed when you need to restart the hidden key.
When you screw the roast meat plate onto the plywood back plate, remove your tiles and place them on the protected surface for paint.
You can choose to place your number freely on the tile or use the print number template on your computer.
NOTE ** keep in mind that when placing numbers on a tile, you may want to measure from each edge of the tile to make sure the numbers are centered correctly.
Once you track the numbers, it\'s time to draw.
The paint color you decide to use is very important, keep in mind that next we will add glowing powder to the top of the numbers so that they shine in the dark.
Dark colors such as black, blue and purple reduce the brightness of the glowing powder, while colors such as white, light green and yellow increase the brightness of the glowing powder.
Draw each number using conventional acrylic paint.
Depending on the thickness of the paint, you need to apply a few layers to get good coverage.
After applying the last layer of white paint, Hurry (
Before the paint starts to dry)
Sprinkle glowing powder on the number.
Make sure to cover the whole number and then gently bump the excess powder onto clean paper for collection and use again.
Do each tile in the same way and leave it dry.
After the number on the tile is dry, apply 2-
Polyurethane coating to protect the tiles from the elements.
See photos for additional information.
Place a piece of Velcro with a sticky back in a hidden key box, opposite to your key, and press in place.
This will place your key firmly in the compartment of the route.
Then simply slide your finished tile in place.
There are many ways to hang your new logo, I just use the high strength drawing line between the two screws installed on the back of the back panel.
This approach will provide a lot of power and support, so don\'t worry about the sign hitting the ground.
This is the finished address plaque hanging outside the house!
I have to say that it looks a lot better than the previous black plastic numbers.
A lot of numbers make it easier to read from the road, not only visible during the day, but also luminous powder can be clearly visible at night!
If I find myself locked out of the house, I now have a spare key hidden inconspicuous!
I hope you enjoy this project and find it informative and useful.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them in the comments section and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Best Regards.
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