We recently started working with Clif Bar to make some very cool custom projects, like these course map magnets.
This project presented some interesting challenges, and let us experiment with a few new techniques that we haven’t tried before.
These mountainous magnetic map mounts are for use during sports events. The magnets embedded in the back snap up a course map at their outdoor booth, allowing people to find where they’re located along the trail.
Clif provided us with a super clear vision for what they had in mind, making things that much easier to execute. I made a few notes and got started.
I cut a few different versions of the text. It turns out the most crisp cuts are done in reverse, and the backside used as the front.
We ended up using a mix of PSA backed veneer, thin sheets of solid wood, and printed metal to get everything together.
I like how all the signs have grain patterns that incite motion. Come find us! We have Clif Bars!
We initially wanted to cut the logo from acrylic, but getting the thin black details would be too difficult at this scale. So we used printed aluminum plates, and inlaid them to keep things smooth.
We also etched the rear decks of their custom Yuba cargo bikes.
After removing the decks, we etched the bottom side. The Yuba logo is etched on the flip side, which will be mounted toward the rear tire.
To seal up the very porous bamboo after etching, I rubbed in a dark tinted polyurethane. The tint darkens the artwork, making it pop out from the wood even more.
We also built some bodacious bamboo basket bottoms for the Clif Bar bikes.
Bamboo tends to burn when laser cut, especially at 1/4″ thick, so I cut a template from thin MDF and used a trim bit on the router table to shape these parts. This left a super clean edge that looked great, since they’re very visible from the front.
We tried a few different sizes for the logo before committing to the etch.
Pop rivets held everything together perfectly without looking heavy handed.
We made four sets overall, and we’re very pleased with the results.
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