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HandCrafted Dimensional SIGNS #1: some signs I have made over the years.

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Blog entry by John Smith posted 02-22-2020 12:59 AM 1039 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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no CNC was involved in any of these projects.
an assortment of materials were used in the fabrication of these signs.
mahogany, poplar, western cedar, redwood, and High Density Urethane (HDU) SignFoam.
as you can see, a hobby can really take off in a way you never expected.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --



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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 02-22-2020 03:22 AM

Wow John! All these sign’s are amazing! So detailed and Craftsmanship at it’s finest! It takes multi talent to achieve this kind of results. I would have love to worked in your shop for a bit just to learn a few things.
I would hesitate to put any one of them out in the weather but I know your also painter and they are well protected.
Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed looking at every one of them!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 02-22-2020 04:57 AM

^ What he said! WOW.

Do you have any youtube type vids of a sign being made? Would love to see the process.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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lightweightladylefty

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#3 posted 02-22-2020 06:31 AM

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 02-22-2020 01:56 PM

sorry, Andy – no videos. and very, very few photographs.
it never crossed my mind that someday someone else would even
be interested in the process (outside of the competition).
I had about 3 shoe boxes full of photographs and a few VHS tapes
that got destroyed in Hurricane Charlie – along with my whole shop.

since this is the 21st Century, I guess I could put together something
just to help preserve the craft. [in my trade, it is called “Keepers of the Craft”].
I could probably do something on laying gold leaf (gilding). that is one
process that the CNC and vinyl sticker shops have yet to accomplish, LOL.
I have been working on a John Bellamy Eagle for the past two years, and I
really need to get on it and get that done before I lose even more of my faculties.

thanks to all for the kind words.
John

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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Bobsboxes

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#5 posted 02-22-2020 03:40 PM

Super work John, thanks for all of the help and inspiration you add to this site.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-22-2020 03:53 PM

Wow, you’ve been at it for a long time! Nice work!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#7 posted 02-22-2020 03:56 PM

hey John have you ever did pinstripping on cars and or lettering on trucks i ask cause when i was a youngin i helped a guy that did signs and lettering on everything LOL :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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woodshaver Tony C

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#8 posted 02-22-2020 04:18 PM

Hey John,
I hope you are able to add more photos of your work as you sift through your box of photos. Seeing this kind of beautiful work is very inspirational!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 02-22-2020 04:35 PM

(GR8) Tony – yeah, I did piddle with the brush and airbrush on occasion.
here is one of my shop vans. (I have had 4 over the years).
The “Dopey” image only lasted a week or so. I was afraid that Disney
would send me a “bill” in the mail – so it came off and I put something else on.
sorry – I don’t have that second photo.
Although some of the above photos are not “woodworking related” it does show
examples of what someone can do with the standard shop woodworking tools
and a little imagination.

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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John Smith

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#10 posted 02-22-2020 04:44 PM

Tony C. – the other day, we talked about the “imitation” gold leaf.
the triangle border in the van mural is 1” wide “imitation variegated gold leaf”
it has different colors of copper, gold, silver, etc. that makes a nice embellishment.

after all, I am not a ”REAL” woodworker ~ I am “Just Another Sign Painter”.
but, over 45 plus years, through perseverance, I have accumulated a fair amount of skills.

thanks to all again for your kindness !!!

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-- there is no educational alternative to having a front row seat in the School of Hard Knocks. --

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#11 posted 02-22-2020 04:59 PM

John, an impressive body of work. Documenting your process will preserve a skill for future generations.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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woodshaver Tony C

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#12 posted 02-22-2020 05:23 PM

Yes I see! The sign on the van is really nice! I’m working on finding some imitation gold leaf.
I stopped by Michael’s Crafts the other day and took a look at their gold leaf but they didn’t have much to choose from. I only saw one package on a hook and nothing else so I didn’t buy anything. I’ll keep looking maybe I’ll check out eBay soon. I routed a few letters in some hard wood already and I check out a few YouTube videos also.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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htl

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#13 posted 02-22-2020 09:55 PM

Beautiful work and I think your skill has grown along with your beard, keep up the great work!!! lol

-- An Index Of My Model making Blogs https://www.lumberjocks.com/htl/blog/130264

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#14 posted 02-22-2020 10:05 PM

Amazing work!

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#15 posted 02-23-2020 03:36 AM

Hi John; you surely have talent in making signs. Military signs must demand the best workmanship and you have shown that you are the man. BTW, I’m slowly making progress on my GG1 loco. I have been busy with doctors visits for my wife and myself, so I don’t have much time in the shop. At my age, major events happen one after another. I still remember your kindness in helping me with the HDU.

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