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I have a small animal-assisted therapy practice, and my rabbits and guinea pigs share a divided outdoor Omlet Run. The run is located in a corner of my garden and I have it surrounded by an additional layer of security- an electric fence. I wanted to play around with making some wood signs for outdoors so I decided to make signs to identify what animals I have inside my run. I opted to play off the garden theme and go for “Furry Potatoes” and “Carrot Patch” with the respective animals on the sign. I LOVE how these came out.
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DIY Laser Cut Wood Signs
- xTool M1 Laser Cutter: http://shrsl.com/3v9vq
- Honeycomb Riser: http://shrsl.com/3yxwg
- Air Assist: http://shrsl.com/3yxv6
- Balsawood 3mm (or other wood of your choice). We used a blank wood sign from the craft store. http://shrsl.com/40aun
- Coloring Pencils
- Thompson Waterseal
Step 1: Place your blank sign inside the M1 Laser Cutting Machine.
Step 2: Create your design. I made the text and circles in the xTool software, and imported the image. I used images from Canva, the editing software that I use most frequently. The circles are cut outs to give me someplace to hang the sign from.
Step 3: Set your material to 3mm Basswood Plywood and Auto-Measure the thickness.
Step 4: Process your design. Frame to ensure your design is where you want it.
Step 5: Click START when you’re ready for the M1 to cut and engrave. Let the laser cutting machine work its magic!
Step 6: Remove sign from machine. If desired, use coloring pencils to color in the design.
Step 7: Seal both sides of the sign. Let dry between coats.
Other Posts about Guinea Pigs and Rabbits
- Customizing Guinea Pig Igloos with Vinyl
- Review of the Omlet Guinea Pig Enclosure
- How to Sew Guinea Pig Cage Liners
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