Can You Etch It – House Numbers

Welcome to Can You Etch It, the web’s first laser engraving series that specializes in laser engraving strange, unique, and even common items. Today I am engraving an house numbers on a cedar plaque.

Home ownership is a great experience in life.  There is just something special about having a place of your own, even if that place is an apartment, condo, or house.  One of the great things about having a place of your own is inviting others to enjoy it with you but to do that, they have to find your place.  What better way to guide their way than with great looking house numbers?

Take a look around the house in a typical neighborhood.  All the house numbers look similar or are exactly the same.  Chances are, all those home owners either went to similar places to buy their house numbers or never bothered to change them after the house was built.  To most people, it just doesn’t matter as long as the numbers are visible and in good condition.  If you are like me, we don’t like to settle with the normal and common choices that are available to everyone, we want that personal touch that really turns a house into a home.

The details in life are very important to our experiences.  That is why something as mundane as house numbers provide a great opportunity to express your personality and attention to those important details.  You can follow the crowd and be average or you can blaze your own trail and be extraordinary.  Who doesn’t want to be extraordinary?

Why laser engraved house numbers?

The main reason for laser engraving house numbers can be summed up in one word: options.  There are many things in life that only have a few options available and house numbers are not the exception.  If you want letters and numbers that are 4.5 inches tall, chances are you can’t buy them.  Want a specific font?  Most likely, you are out of luck.  One of the best ways to get what you want, to get the things you never even dreamed were possible, is to have them custom made.

Often, having things custom made is not as expensive as you might thing and the benefits can far exceed the cost in personal satisfaction and overall enjoyment.  Laser engraving is an inexpensive way to have what you want, in a variety of materials, at a reasonable cost.  The precision and reputability of laser engraving also means that if the item is ever damaged or stolen, a replacement can often be created from the original design.

Here is a video of the house numbers being laser engraved.  It’s a little over 2 minutes long and includes a picture of the result at the end.  The design took over 10 minutes to engrave so the playback is about 5 times normal to keep the length of the video short.

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Can You Etch It Roundup

For those of you who are keeping score, the list is as follows: house numbers, a cutting board6 social media iconsa mirror, a hand-drawn robot design, a CD jewel casea pair of drum sticksa luggage tag, a fishing reel, a couple of impact sockets, a drinking glassa little industrial labelinga baseballa Frappuccino bottle, a tennis ball, 12 Scrabble tiles, a custom ink stamp, Thank You cards, M&M’s, a slice of bread, a clothes pin, a cinnamon stick, a sweet potato, a walnut, and a toothpick. Let me know if you have any suggestions for future installments.

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Have a great weekend.

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