The material is loaded and my benchtop CNC router has just begun routing the background panel. It took the router about three hours to cut the ¾-in.-deep inset panel and make the profile cut while I went on to other things.
This is how the panel looked right off the router. Next, I masked the edges and sprayed the background with Krylon Classic Gold spray paint.
The letters were cut from a piece of ½-in. black PVC board, leaving the protective film on during cutting.
Once the gold paint was thoroughly dry, I dry fit the letters just to make sure everything had worked out right.

What’s it cost to produce this 22-by-28-in. CNC-routed sign?

Small routed signs are easy with a benchtop CNC router

By Dennis Stanworth

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2020

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6 sq. ft. of 1-in. white PVC board: $44
3 sq. ft. of ½-in. black PVC board: $20
Two cans of gold, one can of black Krylon spray paint: $27
Two yards 24-in. black vinyl: $20
Scroll bracket: $32
Total materials: $143

Total, including design: 8 hours
I recently purchased a benchtop CNC machine and in the process of learning how to use the machine I decided to make a sales sample to hang in my shop. It took the better part of one day to make the sign, because I’m still in the learning stage of using the equipment.

I did the layout in CorelDRAW, then imported the design into the CAD software and set up the tool paths for the router.

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