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Author Topic: Largest Wood Sign to Date - step by step pics from raw board to completed sign  (Read 5088 times)

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This is our largest wood sign we have done on our CNC to Date. It measures 32 inches wide and 18 inches tall and is a solid inch thick

Mrs. Schlatter ordered it as a Christmas gift for her husband for the entrance to a new piece of property they recently purchased. The previous owner had a sign hanging at the entrance but took it with them when they sold the property. She wanted to replace it with a sign of their own.

I had the sign back to her in three days. The majority of that was a day for the glue up to dry and a day for the application and drying of the polyurethane finish.

Below are pictures from start to finish. Not shown is how I had to joint and glue up three boards to make the larger panel.

The raw panel ready for routing:

 

 

Just after Routing on the Digital Wood Carver CNC machine we own

 

  

  

  

 

Apply some spray ink, not spray paint to highlight the routed areas

 

 

Then some final sanding and three coats of spar polyurethane to give it a high gloss finish

 

  

  

  



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DanG that's NICE!!! 8)
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Wowee Zowee.  ;D smiley_thumbsup smiley_thumbsup
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Love that verse and love that sign just as much. You have that machine mastered!!!!
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Great idea and great sign!  The wood, ink, finish really pop!

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Pop, is the right word.  Eye Popping for sure.   :o
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Thank you all for your inspiring comments. I truly respect each and  every one of you and your associated opinions. In addition to your words of praise, one of the most rewarding aspects of doing this signs was seeing the face, and hearing the comments of the woman that ordered it when she came to get it. She actually began to tear up and gave me a hug just before she left. Always nice when you get a hug from someone you did not even know 4 days earlier and who just found you from a craigslist ad.

30 years ago, I could have routed something almost like that by hand...maybe just not as precise or with as much detail. The two auto accidents and associated muscle and nerve damage have left me with only about 30% use of my left arm and left hand and regrettably with frequent muscle spasms and cramps in the left arm and hand. I just cant take the jarring and counter the rotational torque of the router and cant route a straight line by hand to save my life any more.

Thanks to the Digital Wood Carver CNC and now the Epilog Laser, I am still able to be creative, stay in the game, feel productive and create works of art. There are some, even at my local woodworking club, that consider this cheating by having a CNC machine do the routing for me, and to some extent, I may be inclined to agree with them. I would have to respond and say that there are still elements of wood working that I am still doing when i use the CNC on a sign like this. I still plane and joint the lumber, glue up the panel with bisquet joints reinforcements, re-plane and re-sand the final blank and cut it to size on the saw. After routing, i still sand,  and apply accent color and high gloss finish. And then there is the programming aspect which does take some learning and talent to do, so it is not like you are just printing a flyer on the printer. There still are some wood working skills involved, and at least those are within my physical limitations. My other alternative would be to miserable and sit an cry about what I used to be able to do before the two accidents, but that is just not my style. Thanks to these two machines I cant wait to get to the work shop and be creative and in many ways it allows me to do things I never would have attempted by hand.
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I'm glad you are still in the game. ;D 8) 8) 8)
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There are purists in any hobby,collection, or really anything in life. Enjoy yourself and as long as it's not promoted as free hand work,so what.  ::)
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Very nice indeed. bg

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The end result is a lot nicer than free hand work.  It will also advertise your new capabilities.  Get ready for more customers!
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Very nice.  I have built a few out of concrete...sandblasting...and stencils... the wood looks much better.   Banjo
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 That is one nice looking sign right there.

 Can you tell me why use ink rather then paint, well you don't have to share trade secrets, just wondering why one rather then the other.  :P  Inquireing mind needs feeding  ;D :D
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You matched those cedar boards very well.  That is a gorgeous sign. 
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Incredible sign! 8) 8) 8)
I may be ordering one in the near future.
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Beautiful work. Thanks so much for sharing. The talent on this forum is simply amazing.

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I agree with Cfarm's comments.  You are enjoying, being productive and making great looking stuff carry on! 

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Let me say that is one beautiful sign, regardless how it was created. We each work within our talents and abilities. Years ago when i had my health and youth i went from sun up till sun down. Now i go for ten minutes and rest for an hour. Also sneaking in a two hour nap to get me thru the day. ;D My son in law likes to kid me about using power tools for everything. I tell him its called working smarter, and some day he will understand. :)

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Omg..you are getting better and better at your work. I can see now you have a talent.
This is really, really very nice. Keep the pics coming!  smiley_thumbsup
I could get $300.00 for that sign.  ;D
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Busy Beaver, you do know how to make a wondrous sign.  Hugs are good!!
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