Cutting a company logo into a live edge slab using a CNC router

Cutting a logo into a live edge slab is easier than you may think when using a CNC router. This is an efficient way to get accurate details to then be filled with epoxy or an inlay.

Design the company logo: The first step is to design the company logo and determine the size and location on the live edge slab where it will be cut. This can be done using a computer-aided design (CAD) program or other design software.

Convert the logo design into a digital file: The logo design must be converted into a digital file that can be read by the CNC router. This is typically done using specialized software that converts the design into a format that the CNC router can understand. We recommend going as shallow as possible. In this example we cut 1/2″ deep and our slab is roughly 2″ thick. This leaves plenty of thickness to plane down later after our epoxy has set but also gives us the opportunity to add C channel to the bottom for additional protection against cupping.

Secure the live edge slab: The live edge slab is then placed on the bed of the CNC router and secured in place using clamps or other restraints to prevent it from moving during the cutting process.

Set up the CNC router: The CNC router is then set up and programmed with the digital file containing the logo design. This typically involves installing the cutting tool, setting the cutting speed and depth, and configuring any other necessary settings.

Start the cutting process: The CNC router is then activated and the cutting tool begins to move along the programmed path to cut the company logo into the live edge slab. The cutting tool follows the path precisely, creating clean, precise cuts that accurately reproduce the design of the logo.

Finish the live edge slab: Once the logo has been cut into the live edge slab, the final step is to sand and finish the slab to bring out the natural beauty of the wood and to protect it from the elements. This may involve sanding the surface to smooth out any rough edges, and then applying a finish such as stain, varnish, or oil.