My previous fandom sign was such a success, I thought I would do one for every member of the family. My son was next and he asked for a Video Game-inspired fandom sign since it is his favorite pass-time. We talked about his top 5 favorite games and came up with phrases for each. Total project time was about 7 hours.
I started with a design in InkScape where I used logos/symbols from each video game and downloaded fonts that were representative of each video game.
Things I learned by playing Video Games [The Legend of Zelda] It's Dangerous to go Alone [Super Mario Bros.] The Princess is in another castle [Overwatch] The world needs more heros [Pokemon] Gotta catch 'em all [Team Fortress 2] The healing is not as rewarding as the hurting
Internet searches helped me find sources of free, downloadable True Type Fonts for Zelda, Mario, Overwatch, Pokemon and TF2. I imported the logos/symbols into Inkscape and used the “Trace Bitmap” feature to convert them into paths. I saved the Inkscape file in .SVG format, and imported it into Easel.
I used the Cherry wood from my last project and sliced the 10″ x 12″ board I needed. I clamped it down into the X-Carve and began carving. Total carve time was 2 hours. This time, I was smart and waiting to route the edges until after the carving. I also sanded the face before carving since sanding afterward is risky due to the snagging that can happen with the lips of the carving.
I ended up carving this one twice because I wasn’t paying attention to the fonts. Some of the fonts I picked put letters too close together which caused issues when carving. Also, Easel defaults to “fill” shapes, but I really needed “outline” shapes so they appeared correctly. An expensive mistake that I will not make again.
I video taped the carve process, then sped it up x16 so it could be viewed in just under 4 minutes.
After the carving, I sanded down the surfaces and used my Riffler files to clean up the insides of the carved letters. I then used 3 different sandpaper grits, then wet/dry and did another round of sanding. Finally, I put on 2 coats of Formbys Tung Oil Finish. Here is the finished result.