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How To Make 100+ Wooden Custom Bar Signs // CNC // Woodworking Business

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When running a custom wood CNC business, you have to think differently to make it a full-time job. In this video, I go through the process of prototyping a design that’s easily repeatable and cost effective.

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Can you make money with a CNC machine?

Yes, I did go ahead and buy a Shapeoko CNC machine as a leap of faith…hoping and praying I would at least make enough money that my wife wouldn’t give me grief for the next six months. Should you buy a CNC Machine? Well…I did! In less than three months, I made well over ,000 (at least that’s what I told her it would cost).

In my video, I show you, step by step, how to do it yourself. If you’ve recently, or not so recently, bought a CNC machine and want to make a little extra cash with it…this is the way. All you need is a CNC machine and be willing to follow instructions. I show you, step by step, how to make “One Way” signs for a local country club, that I can almost guarantee you can find in your own area. Take a drive and see which local communities. golf courses, business’s that use wooden signs and just look for ones that are looking rough…that’s your market.

If you are like me, when you got over the initial rush of actually getting the darn thing to work…you sat there and said what will I really use this for? Did I just do something stupid…again?

Stick with me and I’ll show you how to make some cash!

I am a one man, part time business that uses my CNC machine in many aspects of it.

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00:00 Beginning
00:56 Where to get clients
02:22 Step by Step Vcarve Desktop Instructions
16:20 Buying the lumber and beginning to cut
17:27 Router Edges
17:47 Sanding
17:50 Initial painting
18:27 Oramask
19:00 Placement onto CNC machine
20:30 Screw Up with UpCut bit
21:10 Mask coming up as bit cuts
21:15 Bit covered with masking
21:28 Using razor to fix mistake
21:49 First coat of white paint
22:20 Second coat of paint
22:32 Painting backs
22:55 Removing Oramask
23:19 Touch up paint
23:36 Clear finish
23:49 All four done!
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  1. I received this comment and it's too good not to share here. This isn't my knowledge but someone elses. Hope it helps you too!
    I have learned a few tricks that will help you with the struggles you encountered.

    Spray paint is a poor choice for for lettering. Here is why: you seal the wood with shellac or some other spray based sealer. The solvents in spray paint dissolve this sealer which results in grain bleed. Solution: use a sealer coat and then a water based paint such as acrylic or latex. I dont mask and paint pretty slopppy because it will clean up in the drum sander. It is a little time consuming to paint by hand but if you can get a HVLP sprayer that will speed up your process for both sealing, paint, and staining.

    Paint then drum sander. You learned your lesson here. This technique does work though and its what I do with my process. The way to not lose detail on your carve is to carve it like 0.020" deeper than your finished depth so that way you have material to be removed. Skip oramask all together and still retain your detail.

  2. Cut deeper with the v-bit and then a thicker top layer of the wood can be safely removed by the drum sander with the results still looking as desired.

  3. Hey I heard if you put some spray polyurethane on first then paint then it won't bleed into the grain. Then run through the drum sander.

  4. Appreciate your insights on the business aspect side of things. I find your content very helpful and relatable especially with your approach to always looking for ways to do things more efficiently.

  5. Understanding the properties of wood grain is invaluable. Your issue is as the cutter cuts down through the wood, you essentially have end grain exposed along the walls of the cut. The exposed end grain will now draw paint, water, stain, etc. into the wood along the grain. This is why lumber yards paint the ends of the boards so they do not draw moisture into the end grain. So in essence, you would need to seal the exposed end grain with a clear sealer before you apply any color or stain into the cuts. I used to build caskets in a high capacity production shop (255 units a day). It's a challenge getting the end result you want in a way that retains profitability while producing superior products. However, I would look at what I am using to stain or get my color into the letters. Anything that is a thin liquid is going to seep into that grain. the thicker my medium, the less able the grain is able to absorb it. Along that same thought is the faster the medium sets up, the less opportunity it has to absorb. The harder the wood is and the tighter the grain is, the less it will absorb.

  6. I stain first. Mask with the Oramask 813 and then paint. I do a light pass of paint to help seal the wood and then spray more on. I have zero bleeding from the paint.

  7. I tried shellacking the wood first to prevent bleeding. I agree, when you try using paint and then drum sander you lose some of the finer details that don't cut so deep.

  8. Got a question regarding your dust collector hose. Did it come with the cnc router machine or did you have to design it yourself? Where does the dust go to? I'm having to consider things when designing it to be run in my garage hence my questions since I used to be a cnc machinist/router employee. My work place had it all set up so I didn't have to worry about any of that.

  9. It is nice to see a gent of my age having a go from scratch. One is never to old until it is too late! I am going to build one, with several uses in mind.
    I appreciate and endorse some of the comments, but stumbling in the dark is part of learning.
    To get a fine edge and surface, another person bulk cuts the material and finishes with a finer, slower pass with the same tool. He is not using pine though.
    To stop bleeding he also spray paints the cut area with clear coat to seal, and then applies the final paint.
    I subscribed.

  10. While your V-Carve skills need some serious upgrading, overall a good video. If you want to make really large signs, a Maslow would be the best route to go. They are VERY inexpensive and can route a full sheet of plywood or even larger pieces.

  11. Absolutely love this a man that knows the underlying messages in the wifes comments i know this code also takes years to decipher lol

  12. Excellent video! The step-by-step approach really works! I like how you offered how much you charged for them. How long did all 4 take you?


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