Sailfish on the wall

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Project by nailbanger2 posted 09-18-2011 07:37 PM 2183 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked, after I had painted a sign with a logo, if I could make another logo just like the one I had painted. Of course, I said! Then I was told this one would be 5 ft. in diameter, not including the bill and tail. Let me tell you, size matters! Well, it did to me in this case. The project is 5’, and my shop is 11’ wide. Then I have a 2’ bench running 16’ down one wall, with my plywood and wood storage on the opposit wall. Cozy! What to do? Make do. It was frustrating at times, but the result was worth it.

This was commissioned by Sailfish Point Realty ( ) and is on the entrance to their office. I have done assorted jobs here, and in this economy it is good to be recommended to people that have money.

The pics: 1- finished job, made of Poplar with 2 coats primer & 3 coats paint 2- I had to tape the two copies (overlapped) together to get the 5’ diameter. Here they are taped to a sheet of 1/2” ply with “wings” attached. 3- I cut out the parts I would be making and spray painted black to get a negative image. 4- Then I sprayed my cutouts on my poplar blank (which was a real thrill to glue up, let me tell you). 5- The finished fish waiting for the office to close for the night. 6- Here’s where it got tricky. There were to be no screw of nail holes (even patched) so it had to be glued to the wall. This is the reason for the negative in the 1/2” ply. It acted as a form to keep all the pieces (11) together and as a perfect circle. I held this up using spring loaded poles from ZipWall and taped the logo to the ply. Liquid Nail was used where I knew it would not leak out, and clear Silicone was used on edges and narrow parts. I came back in the morning and removed the ply, then added another coat of paint.

They loved it, and I’m hoping it will bring in more references.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 08:32 PM

A very smart idea for the installation and a very smart build. This is fine work that should bring you more.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 09:34 PM

Thanks, Vipond. Coming from someone with your skills, that means a lot.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 11:04 PM

Great work!! I dont think a lot of people understand what goes into a project like this, to make it a perfect circle! awesome job!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#4 posted 09-19-2011 12:12 AM

Nice work.. I have done allot of work for the banking and finance industry and felt your pain in making this piece. Unless someone tried it, to make a complete circle this size and keep it on a vertical surface with out pulling your hair out is a feat in itself. Very nicely done. Your install technique is ingenious

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 12:52 AM

Although it looks FANTASTIC, a pretty Sailfish project if you ask me.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 09-19-2011 02:41 AM

Thanks for the kind comments, everyone. Michael1, I don’t have the option of pulling my hair out anymore!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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