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Project by DaleM posted 1976 days ago 1726 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a sign I had just made for someone here locally. The carving is the Army Signal Corps flag insignia. The dimensions are 18” high by about 23” wide, made from some pine that I got for free and edge glued. This was the first sign I had made and the first project I sold. I left it up to here what she wanted to pay me. She said initially she would give me $65 but insisted I take $100 after it was finished. I don’t make things for money, I just enjoy it but since she offered…

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY





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DaleM

901 posts in 1985 days


#1 posted 1976 days ago

Okay, so this is the first project I posted and it looks like I goofed and posted the same picture twice. I’ll try not to do that next time.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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gbvinc

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#2 posted 1976 days ago

Nice looking sign!

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firecaster

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#3 posted 1976 days ago

That sign looks good enough that it needs two pictures.

Great job.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Rusticman

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#4 posted 1976 days ago

Very nice, and for your first sign I think you may have just found your next profession. Why not pursue what you enjoy. Looking forward to your next project.

-- Dave, Ohio,www.rusticforest.com

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Porkchop's Workshop

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#5 posted 1695 days ago

Very nice looking welcome sign.

-- Joshua Warren {Also know as- Porkchop}

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helluvawreck

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#6 posted 1434 days ago

Dale, that’s a very nice sign. I love it.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Ryan Bruzan

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#7 posted 1199 days ago

I just finished building a router pantograph. Very easy build and awesome tool. Another LJ member built one. Here’s his link. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/46960

-- 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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Scultoro3

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#8 posted 180 days ago

Very professional sign. When I retired from the sign business in 2005 routed 1 1/2” thick signs like yours were priced competitively at $75 per square foot. You humbly accepted $100 for a 3 sq. ft. sign worth $225. Your customer was THRILLED and would love you to make signs for ALL her friends – for $30 a sq. ft.. How long did it take you??
Bet ya a punch in the nose you worked on the sign for 20 hours. Stop making signs for $5 per hour. Your talent is quite satisfactory to charge AT LEAST $10 an hour for your work. THAT’S YOUR NEW MINIMUM WAGE. If you don’t know how long a project will take, don’t know what to charge, tell customers you’ll work for $10/ hr. Your new minimum wage will INCREASE as YOUR appreciation of what you’re making grows.

-- Howard, Maryland USA

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DaleM

901 posts in 1985 days


#9 posted 179 days ago

Thanks Howard. I know I undercharged and as someone who now makes his living woodworking, I would like to go back in time and slap the old me for selling it so cheap. As far as betting a punch in the nose, well, no! Ouch! Dang! I would lose, because as my first sign, it actually took way over 20, probably double that. My second one was closer to 20. I haven’t carved anything in awhile, but really want to do something soon. Thanks again.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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