Wood Sign For Boat Yard

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Project by Talyn posted 06-15-2009 08:12 AM 2986 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I glued 4 pieces of 2”x 10”x 8’ pressure treated lumber together, designed the boat wheel in Rhino CAD and set the wood up in the CNC to carve and cut out. The Sign is 6 feet x 3 feet. It’s the first Sign I made for a paying customer. I had one problem the next day, the wood started curling up on me; so I screwed 3 boards in the back to stop it from curling anymore. Can anyone tell me why that happened and how to stop it or prevent it from happening the next time?

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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#1 posted 06-15-2009 08:37 AM

Nice programing :-)) Did you pay attention to the growth ring pattern and alternate them? That should help keep it flat. Can’t remeber the proper term for that right now ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-15-2009 10:50 AM

By carving out the front with the CNC you have changed the dynamics of the surface of the wood .,, ie different to the back thereby allowing the timber to dry out at different rates front to back.. ergo cupping.
as to a solution .. sealing both front and back will equalize moisture retention and evaporation.., ergo less change in surface moisture .. this should help.. also the temperature has an effect on the rate of change.. If the board was laid down on a cold surface it will warp also..timber is a living thing and will change . cleats on the back as you have done will also be of help.
Hope I have Given you something to think about!

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#3 posted 06-15-2009 12:18 PM

Everything Larry said above is correct. Also you should be aware that pressure treated wood is not usually of the same quality as non-treated wood. I have been told that the fastest growing wood is preferred for pressure treating with more growth wood between the rings to facilitate penetration. PT wood purchased here in Norway is normally stored outside to keep it moist, as it shrivels up pretty fast in dry place. We have a lot of rain here. In dryer climates they would probably have to store it indoors to keep it moist.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-15-2009 12:22 PM

Nice looking sign. The cleats on the back should do the trick.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 06-15-2009 12:45 PM

Thanks for the advice. I did alternate the boards, I also let the boards dry out for a month before gluing them together. But every thing Degoose said, I did wrong. I did not seal it after carving & I left the boards laying on a cold table over night. Live and learn! Thanks All!!

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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#6 posted 06-15-2009 03:23 PM

Nice job on the sign. What kind of CNC are you using. I have been contemplating purchasing one to add diversity to my wood working.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#8 posted 06-15-2009 09:05 PM

Great looking sign. Having a “wanna be” CNC machine (Carvewright) I can appreciate the talent it took to design the carving in your software – Great job! The sign looks really nice – I think that in the future I would refrain from using PT wood for your signs, perhaps Cypress, or Redwood would be better choices for outdoor signs. I don’t know for sure, but I suspect that all of the chemicals used in PT wood would be dangerous when you consider the amount of dust created by carving that much out – also, wonder what the long term effect will be on your CNC machine (from the chemicals). Don’t know for sure – just throwing out some “food for thought”.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 06-15-2009 11:19 PM

That’s a sweet looking sign well done it’s really eye catching.regards Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 06-15-2009 11:34 PM

Hi George,

The CNC machine I have, is from a company called K2 CNC. This is a link to the one I have without the vacuum table:

-- Harry --- Never Give Up, Never Surrender,

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#11 posted 06-18-2009 04:48 AM

That looks great! Do you plan on staining it? I have the CarveWright myself and I’ve done similar signs – I’d be interested to see how long it took on your machine and what sort of cleanup you had to do. also what kind of wood did ya use?


-- Carving

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#12 posted 06-16-2013 04:49 PM

Great Job.

I try to avoid pressure treated wood if I can.

The pressure treatment actually destroys some of the cell walls in the wood and then it dries very uneven. It causes a lot of warping especially in climates with big swings in the humidity. The warping seems to change as the humidity does also.

It requires more screws than normal wood to hold it where you want it to stay.

To pressure treat the wood they actually boil it in a chamber, then draw a vacuumn as much as possible while still very hot. The next step is to pressurise the vessel with chemicals. After a time period, then the chamber is drained.

This puts the chemicals into the wood. It is an interesting process to see and have explained to you as you see it. I was through 2 treatment plants. One in Fargo, ND and one in central Minnesota, Sauk Center

I had driven local truck for a lumber yard in south eastern ND for a few years. So had some unique experiences.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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