A note to Victoria and her What's-his-name.

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-17-2016 01:02 AM 1737 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Have you ever seen those cardboard signs in front yards advertising their child’s membership in the band. Thirty Five Bucks! Yes we have one. That wasn’t quite good enough for Martha. She placed an order for my darling Flautist, Victoria.

What went right:
  • I cut the inside curves before I joined the wood. It was just a few inches mind you but just enough to keep the band saw clear of sharp turns.
  • The shape turned out great!
  • The finish is really nice.
What went wrong:
  • I had delusions of grandeur when it came to carving out the characters. I didn’t carve very well and the letters are not very precise.
  • I didn’t carve the letters deep enough. I wasn’t thinking about how much of my copper tinted epoxy was going to bleed and how deep. By the time I sanded out the bleed over, I had gaps in all the letters. My wife said hurry up! so I painted in the blue to give an odd camo look. The only bonus is that Victoria’s school colors are Blue and white.
  • I listened to Martha a second time. :) She said – “Make Noah one.” Poor Noah was kind of fawning over my daughter and they were briefly boyfriend and girlfriend. I saw the writing on the wall and grabbed a blue sharpie to write his letters. I had to be quick.

Victoria got some of the lumber out of my Mother’s attic that has some history.
Noah got some wood.
Sorry Noah. You’re a good kid. I hope you like the sign.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 01:34 AM

Good stuff :)

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 01:51 AM

Very nice job on those notes, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 02:11 AM’s only just begun.
[a reference from back in the day of the Carpenters, the duo, not the profession.] ;-)

On a different note, nice work on the Lawn Ornaments.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 03:33 AM

Thank you all for the kind comments.

Yes sir I remember.

What a slam dunk! Genius I would say. You included my teenage daughter woes by the duo with the appropriate lumberjock’s name. How much more can you fit into 4 little words?

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 04:38 AM


Considering all of the Pressure you were under, I think you did a GREAT job of doing what you did in the time you had to do it!


You did good!

Very NICE signs! ... Now, did you charge Noah $35? (kidding)...

Thank you.

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 07:19 AM

Awesome signs,nice work. Bravo for the band.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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