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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2009, 13:15 
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Hi Guys,
Thinking more and more to build my own enclosures and a small question mark occurred in my head regarding printing letters, numbers, symbols on front panels and so on.
For example a few CD and MP3 projects I gonna build for Christmas gift's and it would be nice to set out different symbols like Play, Stop, Forward yeah you guys get a picture on my problem, something that works on let say wood , aluminum, plastic materials ...
Any ideas more than welcome.

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That's something that's been plaguing hobbiests since Radio Shack dropped the rub-on lettering templates! :evil:

I found some 3/16" rub-on letters at the local stationary store and the closest thing to lettering like RS used to have is from here:
http://www.craftsetc.com/store/departme ... 5&subcat=5

But you're stuck with one font.

I investigated buying a mini silk screen machine and those are relatively inexpensive... it's getting the screens made that you may as well just get it done at a laser engraver for $50 :blush:

For your symbols, play, FF, etc., use sideways "V", two "I"'s for pause, four "I"'s in a square for stop, etc.

Good luck!

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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2009, 20:55 
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Awesome! Great tips that I will use! Thanks for sharing. ;)

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PostPosted: 22 Oct 2009, 21:09 
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For wood I got an idea from a school project I have to do, if you are steady with the soldering iron you could scorch etch wood and with the right tip you could easily make detailed text and symboles that will never wear off.

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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2009, 10:10 
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Hi Guys and thnx for those tips,
Oh yes ! the old fashion rub-on's :thumbsup: start to be hard to come by these days :bawling:
And also that to put a soldering iron on a second work shift ,
Mahogany or teak with burned in symbol's and number/letter's and a nice good oil on top of that has
to be just :thumbsup:

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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2009, 16:33 
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tjolle62 wrote:
Mahogany or teak with burned in symbol's and number/letter's and a nice good oil on top of that has
to be just :thumbsup:


I've seen that from pics of the RMAF in Denver... it looks great!.

One of my tricks for dark hardwoods is a couple of coats of oil, then after that hardens (I always give 10 days, regardless the label says 3) I add the letters. Then two or three coats of semi-gloss clear enamel top coat to preserve everything. Looks great!
(example on the connector plate here: http://www.classicvalve.ca/images/PB_rear.jpg )

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PostPosted: 23 Oct 2009, 17:25 
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Rub on's on hardwood !
Why not !
gotta be totally perfect as u described with oil or / and clear coat ( laquer ) ,
deep glossy wood finish with black symbols / letters and numbers just have to be :thumbsup:
Thanx for great ideas and inspiration's,

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