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Project by Thedustydutchman posted 07-26-2021 10:41 PM 548 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got to try out the schaaf chisels I got a few weeks back. A guy I work with requested a sign with his last name for his wedding gift so this is my best shot. I have never done any sort of carving before so it was quite a journey. But im quite proud of how it came out. This is a peice of maple(I think) that I pulled out of a dumpster its painted with house paint and then fished in satin spray poly.

I actually got the picture posted the right way! Woohoo! Never knew about the preview button.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan





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Dark_Lightning

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#1 posted 07-26-2021 10:57 PM

That’s fine work, especially for the first time! Well done!

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2021 11:48 PM

yes nice work

-- Ron

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#3 posted 07-27-2021 02:28 AM

Nice job!

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#4 posted 07-27-2021 11:14 AM

I guarantee my first carving didn’t turn out that good!
Good job on both the carving and painting!

How did you lay out the letters?

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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Thedustydutchman

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#5 posted 07-27-2021 12:24 PM

Thanks guys! It was definitely trial-and-error the whole way. I printed out the letters and used spray adhesive to stick them to the wood. Then I just carved around them with a v gouge.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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controlfreak

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#6 posted 07-27-2021 01:08 PM



Thanks guys! It was definitely trial-and-error the whole way. I printed out the letters and used spray adhesive to stick them to the wood. Then I just carved around them with a v gouge.

- Thedustydutchman


Looks great, I am planning to do a sign as my first project to put the name on my shop “Tinkerbox”.
Were you able to print the letters together or did you do them one at a time?

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Thedustydutchman

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#7 posted 07-27-2021 01:16 PM

I had to do them one at a time. I used a straight edge to get them lined up. They are not perfect put once its hung up you won’t notice it.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#8 posted 07-27-2021 03:17 PM

You’ve done a good job! Carving letters in wood presents many challenges including font design, kerning, alignment. It gets more complicated when the letters are intertwined, curved (as on the rim of a plate), incised vs raised. You could make a whole career in letter carving.

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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Phil32

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#9 posted 07-27-2021 06:18 PM

If carving letters appeals to you, I recommend Chris Pye’s book: “Letter Carving in Wood – A practical Course” from Fox Chapel Publishing, 230 pages.

Here’s an interesting lettering design by Scott Kim, done as a woodcarving:

https://www.lumberjocks.com/projects/392537

-- You know, this site doesn't require woodworking skills, but you should know how to write.

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Thedustydutchman

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#10 posted 07-27-2021 09:42 PM

Oh I love woodworking books! I’ll have to pick that one up. Thanks for the tip

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#11 posted 07-29-2021 11:45 PM

Jerry if that’s your first sign! You are off to an amazing start. You got nowhere to go but higher.

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Thedustydutchman

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#12 posted 07-30-2021 12:11 AM

Thanks! Now my wife wants one with our name on it so I guess I’ll get some more practice.

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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