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Backlit LED Skull Sign

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X-Carve, LEDs, Skulls, this project basically has all of our favorite things! Check out this backlit LED sign we made using simple 2D carving on the X-Carve.

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How to make a Backlit LED Sign!

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Jay and Jaimie make a huge backlit LED skull sign for the shop using the X-Carve and an Arduino!

A few weeks ago we helped a friend out and used our X-Carve to make a big sign for an event. We got inspired and realized we didn’t have a sign of our own so we set out to design it! We used birch plywood and built it two layers, and used an Arduino to control the LED strips that light it up. This was a relatively simple project that was as much fun as it looks, you should definitely try one!

The CODE and SCHEMATICS and details on the Arduino setup are on our website:

X-Carve CNC
1/8" Downcut Spiral Bit –
CNC Clamps –
Z-Probe Kit –
CNC Dust Boot –
Table Saw –
Hand Drill –
Impact Driver –
Hot Glue Gun –
Utility Knife –
Clamps –
Microjig Push Pads –

Arduino Micro –
LED Strip –
Mini-Breadboard –
Capacitor –
Resistor –
Jumpers –

Birch Plywood
Black Spray Paint
White Wash Stain
CA Glue
1" Plastic Spacers

Derek Hodgson
We made this for our son's room. It has been a huge hit.
Derek Hodgson