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GMonson

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11-16-2020 09:28 PM

Apologies if this is the wrong forum for this question, but I’m curious about how to best cut a logo into 1/2” or 3/4” plywood. I’m thinking I could do it with my plunge router with the right bit. Yes, I know that would be tedious, but I don’t have a 2’ x 4’ CNC. :-) The design is a bit too complex for a jigsaw or scroll saw, IMO . My idea is to cut the logo then fill the voids with colored epoxy, on the deck of a cornhole board.

I’d love to hear any and all thoughts on this crazy idea.


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#1 posted 11-16-2020 09:52 PM

Router would probably be the best bet, and that way you would not have to go all the way through the plywood. What does that matter you ask? You will find out just as soon as you start trying to fill the ‘voids’ with epoxy and keep it from running out the back and all over your work table!

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 11-16-2020 10:45 PM

If it is too complex for a jigsaw or scroll saw how are you going to route it? Free hand? I would cut the pattern on the scroll saw and use a pattern bit with a router.

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#3 posted 11-16-2020 11:35 PM

As above, cut patterns, rout with an inlay bearing set, and install.
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#4 posted 11-17-2020 12:36 AM

well, since you asked:
if that were my project;

I would purchase the “ready to apply” vinyl paint mask from your local sign shop.
apply the mask – paint with your favorite rattle can paints.
peel off the mask and call it a day.
routed and epoxy filled logo would only interest one person = you.
anyone else could probably care less – they just want to play the game.

I do a lot of routing in wood and plastics: here is my “modified” router.
it has the front cut out for more visibility and a shop-vac connection on the back.
I know this is a lot of expense and trouble just for one or two projects – but I like it.
but yes, your plunge router with the correct bit will do the job just fine – with practice.
IF you decide to rout your logo in plywood, ALL the voids MUST be filled completely
and the grain sealed completely before pouring the epoxy. (practice on that too).

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GMonson

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#5 posted 11-17-2020 03:54 PM

Really appreciate all the feedback! Great stuff here.

Actually, my idea is to go all the way through the plywood, add a backer board of melamine behind the opening to form the back of the mold, and fill the routed area with colored epoxy, which I will then backlight. Crazy elaborate, I know, and maybe I’d be the only one interested in such a cornhole board, but neat nonethless, IMO.

If I use my plunge router to cut the logo, would I use an upcut or a downcut spiral bit?

Thanks very much!

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#6 posted 11-17-2020 09:27 PM

perhaps you could show us your design ?
and about how big it will be.

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GMonson

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#7 posted 11-17-2020 09:39 PM

Don’t really have a formal design yet, but the logo looks like this:

I’m thinking 10 to 12 inch size.

Yes, it’ll be tedious but I think worth the effort.

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John Smith

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#8 posted 11-18-2020 12:07 PM

hmmmmm Clemson Tigers ???
that would be a lot of cutting time – because you would have to use a 1/4 – 3/8” bit
that goes all the way through the plywood. (depending on the thickness you choose).
of course you don’t have to make the edges so ragged, smooth it out for a better
looking project and you will be good to go.
I would rough-cut the majority of it with a jig-saw and smooth it out with the router.

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#9 posted 11-18-2020 01:07 PM



hmmmmm Clemson Tigers ???
that would be a lot of cutting time – because you would have to use a 1/4 – 3/8” bit
that goes all the way through the plywood. (depending on the thickness you choose).
of course you don t have to make the edges so ragged, smooth it out for a better
looking project and you will be good to go.
I would rough-cut the majority of it with a jig-saw and smooth it out with the router.

.

- John Smith


+1 on this.

-- Measure twice, cut once. If you cut it too short get a wood stretcher.

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GMonson

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#10 posted 11-18-2020 01:36 PM

Exactly my intention. Thanks for doing part of my job for me John…

Only thing I need to know now is which bit to use.

:-)

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#11 posted 11-18-2020 03:11 PM

perhaps this *Video on Router Bits will help you.
and I would ask you what router and bits do you have now ?

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#12 posted 11-18-2020 05:08 PM

I just searched for Clemson cornhole boards and came up with a lot of options at a low cost.

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GMonson

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#13 posted 11-18-2020 05:28 PM



perhaps this *Video on Router Bits will help you.
and I would ask you what router and bits do you have now ?

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- John Smith

I have a Ryobi RE180PL1G and use various Ryobi and Irwin bits. I’d gladly invest in the up-cut or down-cut spiral bit(s) that I’d need to make the logo.

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GMonson

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#14 posted 11-18-2020 05:30 PM



I just searched for Clemson cornhole boards and came up with a lot of options at a low cost.

- controlfreak

Yes, cornhole boards with Clemson logos are available all over the place, but I’m wanting to do this as my own project to sharpen my skills as well as have a unique set of boards.

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GMonson

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#15 posted 11-19-2020 04:34 PM



perhaps this *Video on Router Bits will help you.
and I would ask you what router and bits do you have now ?

.
- John Smith

Thanks very much for sharing the link to that video. Seems like an upcut spiral bit would be best, especially since I’d be cutting all the way through the plywood. Wonder if anyone else has experience doing the same sort of thing with a plunge router. Also, where might be the best source for spiral bits?

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