My 2nd Welcome Sign

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Project by DaleM posted 04-16-2011 03:20 AM 2577 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this sign in the same style as the first welcome sign I made:
A neighbor saw the other sign I made and wanted one that was similar as well as a plaque that I posted as a project a few days ago. She wanted the double inter-locking letter R because of her last name. The wood is white pine, stained with an oil-based Minwax Special Walnut stain and finished with Minwax Helmsman spar urethane with a very light brushed coat of paste wax.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 03:32 AM

Man you’re giving those CNC guys a good run for their money. Looks great!

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 04-16-2011 04:49 AM

Great job Dale

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 05:28 AM

Thanks guys. Darrell, I’m pretty sure a CNC could make one of these in under 30 hours of labor from design to finish, but I don’t believe I can or would even want to try to do it any faster.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 07:13 AM

Dale, this is REALLLLLLLLLLLY nice!
I initially thought CNC as well, but , well, just how did you do it?
All by hand? Some parts with a router? or what?

Wouldn’t want to do a blog, would you ???!!!

Thanks for sharing, this is really beautiful, especially knowing you did it by hand.

Also, is this sign for outdoors? if so, will the white pine be o.k. ?
You can tell I have never made a sign before…..... LOL

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 12:23 PM

wow beautiful sign!

-- -Thomas -

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 12:57 PM

Impressive… my first thought too…CNC? very classy work…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 01:25 PM

Fantastic, Someone’s going to be VERY happy.

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 02:05 PM

Now that is some nice work. I’m impressed!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 04-16-2011 03:50 PM

Very nice!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#10 posted 04-16-2011 05:28 PM

Wow what a great job on this its perfect!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 04-16-2011 06:37 PM

So this ISN’T done on a CNC? Now this is talent!

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#12 posted 04-16-2011 07:05 PM

Thanks very much everyone. No, it’s not done with a CNC. I print out the full-sized design that I make using Powerpoint and MS Paint. I transfer the pattern with carbon paper, then go over it again with a pencil to refine it. I do use a router for removing most of the wood, in fact, the “welcome friends” at the top was done entirely with the router. I then use my dremel with a flex shaft, my knives, gouges, chisels and sandpaper. I’m going to be making another one soon. I’ll take pictures of all the steps and tools during that one for those that are interested and blog it I guess. I’m still learning of better/quicker ways to do things so a blog of my way will probably get me some tips and suggestions from other members on other/better ways of doing it so I think I’ll get something out of it too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#13 posted 04-21-2011 10:15 PM

BY HAND?!? Wow thats really amazing. My lettering sucks in comparison. Totally impressed!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#14 posted 04-22-2011 01:52 AM

EPJartisan, thanks, but if this is the lettering you said “sucks in comparison”, I think you were just being nice. I’m referring to your chair.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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