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    Routed 'Sign Making Class' We're going to use a Dremel router to make a sign with recessed lettering. I suggest barnwood because of the contrast between the weathered surface texture and 'fresh cut' letters. I also have enhanced the letters by burning (pyrography) the edges of the letters...
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    Laser engraving as an embellishment... Take a rather plain piece and embellish it… and Voile…. There are various ways to embellish a piece… route a design… burn a design by way of pyrography … if you are an artist, paint or draw…..or for a fast effective repeatable way…Laser Engraving… Over...
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    Boards received and processed for blasting Here is a new project at the shop for some sandblasted 3D HDU signs for a subdivision entrance. You can see the 5×8' board ready to be cut down to size for the two smaller signs. In order to sandblast them we have to first cut a rubber negative mask...
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    Brush Cleaning~101 Sign painting brushes are the tools of my trade. so, after years of fussing with the cheaper models, I eventually amassed a collection of the more expensive models. name brands are Nocturna, Langnickel, Mack, etc. and like in any craft, the better the tools, the easier it is...
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    Step by Step In response to the many requests for information about how I do the routing on the signs, I will give a step by step below. When I get an order request the first thing I do is pick out or make a sign blank in the approximate size the customer requested, then I go to my computer. I...
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    Are we ready yet? We have been working real hard trying to get ready for the craft show coming up on Friday. I made a bunch of signs and Terry made benches to take but today he called me at work and said that we were not going to have anything left to take to the show. He sold 3 signs, a table...
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    Signs in the shop
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    Signs, Hat and Thank You Got some cool stuff in the mail and wanted to share and say thanks to the senders.
  9. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    Hi fellow Lumberjockers, I was all set to pull the trigger on this… http://www.ebay.com/itm/280840027122?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2648#ht_594wt_1398 My question is this… Does it matter which side the inlet is on. I have been reading that it should match the direction of...
  10. Wood & Lumber
    So, I was tasked to come up with a sign design for a wedding….So, I did….BUT, I have NO IDEA how to execute my design…. I will be using Kill Beatle Pine~ (Not sure if that makes a difference) Can you all give me idea HOW TO join the wood for the 'cirlcle' and ideas as to HOW to join the...
  11. Hand Tools
    Hey fellow jocks! I recently acquired a pretty full set of vintage buck brothers chisels from a next door neighbor who was moving into a retirement home. I lived a couple doors down from him almost my whole life and never knew he was quite the woodworker. I also got a nice Stanley Sweetheart...
  12. Woodworking Skill Share
    I recently purchased the Milescraft Sign-Pro. It works great! I'm looking for suggestions on how to fill in the routed letters. I've tried: - Spray painting the entire board, then running it through my planer to remove the surface paint. Spray paint "sucked" into the wood, not giving the...
  13. Power Tools, Hardware and Accessories
    I have received a couple requests from friends and family for signs, and was thinking about purchasing a palm router to carve out the letters. While looking around at a couple models, I saw a new Dremel tool (I think its the TRIO) designed like a palm router. Does anyone have experience with...
  14. CNC Woodworking
    The standard 3 axis machines are excellent for sign makers. I would bet there arent many cnc owners that havent made at least one. So lets see em! I'll start with a display I made for a local farm /home show. Make from 6/4 red oak, all hand painted and cleared with satin lacquer..
  15. Off Topic Coffee Lounge
    I had to share a very cool thing that happened at my latest art show with all my fellow LJ's.On the third day of doing the La Quinta art show and trying not to get bumbed out about the poor sales I was having and all the other artist as well(thanks to the current economy).I had of all people...
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    Hello there. Long time forum lurker… first time real poster! Friend of mine thinks he has some disposable income and wants to get into woodworking. He wants to get into all at once instead of the old fashion way of saving pennies to get your first TS (like I just did). Once upon a time I...
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