Sawtooth Oak Trees sign

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Project by JoeinGa posted 09-15-2015 07:59 PM 1465 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A friend at church asked me if I was any good at painting lettering on a sign. “Uhhh, no. You dont want ME trying to letter a sign”
Someone else spoke up and said ”Hey Joe, I’ll bet you could make him one out of wood in your shop.”

So I asked what kind of sign and what did he want on it. Told him I might could do something with the router. He told us he has a tree farm and is trying to sell off his Sawtooth oak trees and would I be willing to put a few in my yard with a sign for advertising?

These sawtooth oaks are a variety that starts putting out acorns within the first 3 or 4 years, so the hunters like to plant ‘em around their deer stands to attract deer. His property is 2 miles off the paved road and my house is right at the main (and only) intersection in town, so we agreed I’d “display” them with a sign and maybe he could get rid of the 2000 or 2500 trees he has. (Yes, he’s giving me a “cut” for putting them out for those who are going to ask)

He brought 20 trees to my yard and I put the sign in front of them. I did this lettering freehand and he loves it! I’m also going to add another sign with “Hunter’s Special” on it. He says these trees (which are 3-4 years old and they’re already about 15’ tall ) would sell at a nursery for between $85 & $100 each. He just wants to get out of them so he’s hoping they’ll sell quick at $50.

The wood is just a shelving board I had. 48” X 11.5”. I routed the letters and put black paint in them, then sanded the rest back to bare pine. Put 2 coats of Urethane to protect it from the weather. Now if it will just attract some hunters to BUY SOME TREES~!!!

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#1 posted 09-15-2015 10:23 PM

Mighty fine sign…...

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#2 posted 09-16-2015 02:28 AM

Cool sign with a piece of the pie also. Very neighborly of you. Maybe you can get a couple trees off him too and a few years down the line you will have more wood for turning.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 09-16-2015 05:22 AM

Impressive freehand work sir. I have zero artistic inclinations so I usually leave the sign making to my son. Two thumbs up buddy!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 09-16-2015 02:20 PM

Thanks Ed.

Dave I already have three pecan trees that are 100+ years old and also a huge oak in the yard. Dont really have the room for too much more.

Buster, from the street you can tell that’s supposed to be a deer. Up close, it’s not so obvious :-)
Here’s a few pix I took this morning.


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#5 posted 09-16-2015 02:31 PM

It looks nice to me, Joe. Does he raise those trees?

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 09-16-2015 02:51 PM

Very cool looking. Should easily get the buyers attention.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#7 posted 09-16-2015 06:28 PM

Yes Charles, he bought 200 acres near here about 8 years ago and started a tree farm (he already had one in Fla) It was also his “hunting camp” for the first few years. The trees he planted back them are 40’ to 50’ tall now.

He moved here permanently 3.5 years ago and planted the seedlings that are the trees you see here. It’s some variety that starts producing acorns in 3 to 4 years as opposed to “regular” oak trees which can take 12 or 15 years before starting to produce. That’s why the hunters like these, to “seed” the areas they hunt in.

He used to advertise in some big agricultural magazines, and was shipping semi-trailer loads of these trees all across the country, but he says the prices for advertising and shipping the trees has skyrocketed so he had to quit. Now that he’s down to just a few thousand, he’s just trying to sell them out.

Thanks Vicki, I hope the sign gets their attention. Any commission money I get will go towards new lathe accessories :-)

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 01:31 PM

Nice sign and nice lookin trees

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#9 posted 06-05-2016 04:35 AM

I used to use my router for signs but when I discovered it couldn’t spell I fired it for a laser. The laser cant spell either but it has a neater handwriting.

I’m always after cheap lumber so if you have any left over I’ll take one but put it in a very small box otherwise the postage would be a killer.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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