If you aren’t ready to bite the bullet and purchase a laser cutting machine, Ryobi offers much more affordable cordless tools that you can use to cut your door hangers at home. These are great options for the hobby crafter or the individual who would like to dip their toes in door hanger cutting and painting to see if it is right for them.
Prepping to Cut Your Own Door Hanger
The steps to cutting your own door hanger using the Ryobi power tools is much easier than you think. First, you’re going to print your template of choice that you find on shopdoorhangers.com. Next, your going to cut your template out and tape it together. If this is the first time you’re using a template or you have questions about how to assemble or print it, head over to my blog. I have a blog post on How to Use a Printable Door Hanger Template that will come in very handy! Once you have your template ready, lay graphite paper down on your plywood, place the template on top, and then trace with a pen. Now, you have your outlines and know exactly where to cut.
Using the Ryobi Cordless Jigsaw to Cut a Door Hanger
Once you know where to cut on your plywood, you’re first going to reach for your Ryobi Cordless Jigsaw. You will use this tool to cut the design out of the plywood by tracing the edges of your traced design with the blade. It’s important to note that the blade you use makes a big difference! Go for a scrolling blade with at least 20 teeth per inch (tpi). The narrower the blade, the better, because you’ll be able to make tight turns.
Using the Ryobi Cordless Sander to Cut a Door Hanger
Chances are after using the jigsaw you are going to have some rough edges on your wooden cutout. That is totally okay! Just reach for the Ryobi Cordless Sander to smooth out those rough edges. This will help your door hanger to have a more finished look before you start painting. It also makes it much easier to paint!
Ryobi’s Precision Rotary Tool
Already cut and sanded your door hanger but have some tight, hard to reach places that are making it difficult to complete your work? The Ryobi precision rotary tool features five different speeds and a variety of tool attachments to help you get the job done. You can use this to add precise lines in those hard to reach places. It also comes with etching accessories if you’d like to etch your blank to make painting more easier. Just grab your template again and trace the lines, then etch over them. I think this is an extra step as you can use your drawn template lines, but if you’re someone who loves etching it’s great that it offers that.
Important Things to Note About Ryobi
It’s important to understand that all of the Ryobi tools require a battery and battery charger that is purchased separately. However, the same battery is interchangeable among all the Ryobi power tools making the switch between them a breeze. I don’t see myself straying away from my laser cutting machine anytime soon, but the tools that Ryobi offers are great options for someone wanting to try cutting door hangers on their own!
Interested in your own set of Ryobi tools so that you can cut a door hanger yourself? Find them now in my Amazon Storefront. If you’re not ready to make the leap to purchase a laser cutting machine, these cordless tools are a great, affordable way to get the job done!