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Project by Thomas Porter posted 12-13-2008 05:35 AM 1704 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a fun little sign I did for my in-laws. They just did a huge rebuild/remodel after being flooded. They were part of the big floods in Cedar Rapids, IA. I wanted to give them something that they could put on their new and improved home that should be finished sometime early this next year. It’s a quartersawn oak frame with a birch plywood panel dadoed in. I woodburned in the letters in with a cheap woodburning kit. I am definately going to upgrade in the near future. I gave the letters some extra texture by using a dot pattern of sorts. Took forever, but it looks cool. It’s stained with a Minwax golden oak finish to match their existing furnishings and then coated with Thompson’s Water Seal. Hopefully they don’t read this before Christmas. :-)

-- Thomas Porter, Phoenix, AZ,

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#1 posted 12-13-2008 05:49 AM

Great sign and a great story to go with it.

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#2 posted 12-13-2008 03:25 PM

Hi Thomas, Sorry to hear about the flooding. I’m sure there are a lot of these stories out there – wonderful gesture on your part making a sign that will remind them of the rebuilding of their home. I am impressed with how much effort you put into the lettering, the texture really makes the project stand out.

BTW- I have used up most of those solid surface sink cutouts you gave me – any left?

Doug in AZ.

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#3 posted 12-13-2008 06:35 PM

I had a woodburning kit as a child…seeing that brought back a lot of memories. I bet that took forever…looks great!

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#4 posted 12-13-2008 06:43 PM

What size is this sign Thomas, specifically how tall is the small font? This really looks wonderful..great work.

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#5 posted 01-15-2009 01:59 PM

looks great….you did a wonderful job…......

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