Making signs

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Project by SteveMI posted 10-21-2009 10:45 PM 2244 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Wanted to show some signs I have made from sassafrass wood on my CNC mill.

First picture was an experiment with “cedar” glue-up boards and staining the large areas. It is 14” tall and 18” long. Not going to repeat that.

The rest were from 10 1/4” width boards. Long signs in this height are also 18” long. All started as 4/4 R1E. Cedar and Redwood aren’t available in my area, but the sassafrass is.

Yellow color is a poly water based stain tinted with transtint so the grain can be seen. Final finish on all, except the first, is spray deck sealer.


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#1 posted 10-21-2009 11:16 PM

The signs are awsome. You do great work. I bet that CNC earns its money. What is the largest sign you can make with the CNC.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#2 posted 10-22-2009 02:07 AM


I can fit 18” by 30”, but only cut 16” by 24”.

You’d lose the bet as I have. I’m still searching for somewhere to fit in with the current economy. My plan was to be the old guy in the lawn chair at the craft shows, but no profit this year.


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#3 posted 10-24-2009 08:25 PM

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#4 posted 10-28-2009 05:42 AM

Start a Sign Shop specializing in routed signs. You could do pretty well. Almost any sign can be converted to routed wood and painted. I get about $75 a square foot for them when we blast them… Nice stuff.

-- LAS,

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