Lake home sign

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Project by jtriggs posted 04-22-2016 03:26 AM 1107 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Was commissioned to make a sign for a recent retiree by several of his friends. I said I know just the chunk of wood for the job and this is how it turned out.

I had a very large black walnut limb sawed up several years ago here in Minnesota and the sawyer did a good job of leaving me some interesting cutoffs. This one was amazing to me. It looked like a flaming wooden comet. Walnut bark has some amazing patterns and details and the long tail of bark really was too cool. I sanded it and varnished it years ago but a couple years ago SWMBO asked that it be removed from the house. It languished in my shop until its true purpose was revealed.

I laid out the letters in CorelDraw and used a marking knife to transfer the basic pattern to the wood and then used a little Bosch hand router with a coring bit and hand routed it very carefully. It came out nice and rustic looking , in other words, not perfect but I liked it. I then brushed a lot of pickled oak stain into the grooves and voila, there we have it. A little sanding and some more coats of spray poly was all it took. There’s a keyhole slot in the back at the balance point so it is easy to hang.

That’s my story and I’m sticking with it. Thanks for looking.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 03:51 AM

Great looking sign and you did an awesome job on it. I’ve used CorelDraw since it’s beginning to do all of my sign layouts.

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 07:12 AM

Nice work there JT very well done, now I have to ask there appears to be something missing in the picture or is it some Corel Draw editing at work?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 01:48 PM

Came out great.

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 03:52 PM

That’s a nice looking sign.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 04:25 PM

Thanks all. You’re right Rob, I have a false tooth in the front there.

OK, just kidding. I’m a 52 year cancer survivor. I lost my let to bone cancer in 1964 when I was 9. Very lucky there was no spreading of the cancer and I got to live another 52 years. Every day is a good day!

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 05:59 PM

Wonderfully…... At us, bark at a walnut Another. I was surprised, isn’t similar…...

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 09:21 PM

Thanks for the reply, trying to do that sort of activity has got to be a challenge let alone hopping around looking for bits of wood you stashed somewhere.

You must be very agile and have a good sence of balance as if it was me I would have difficulties holding a piece of wood that size on my own let alone on one leg as well, then add renovating kitchens and making chairs.
How do you do it? I would also be interested in how you have your workshop set up

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 04-22-2016 11:02 PM

That’s a fantastic piece Jon.

My first thought when I saw that flaming comet was that it should have a Harley Davidson logo on it. ! (oh, and I am a Gold Wing rider! LOL

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#9 posted 04-24-2016 06:59 PM

I’ve spent most of my life now on one leg so I’ve learned all the shortcuts needed to do almost anything. Being on three legs I sometimes wonder how you two-leggers stay upright. I mean, come on, a tripod stands up a lot better than something on two legs.

Nothing special about my shop setup, that I can think of. With my under the arms crutches I can grip the top with my armpits and carry things with my hands not on the crutch handles. My sheet goods holder in the shop made handling 4×8 sheets a lot easier for me.

I guess we all adapt to what we have to.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#10 posted 05-05-2016 02:29 AM

Love the shape.
And nicely done.

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