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Project by kiefer posted 12-02-2015 09:00 PM 1411 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I always wanted a nice sign for my shop and when I found this beautiful live edge slab of
Manitoba maple ( Box Elder ) I knew this was the right piece to make the sign of .
I recently got a wood burning kit that I planned on using for dating ,numbering and signing my boxes and other projects and thought this may be good time to use it and get a bit of a feel of it .
I laid out the letters and logo (courtesy of my buddy Shipwright ) and went from there and just had fun burning in the different items and the burl features and colour of the slab also added to the overall look .
Nice and big at 48” wide and about 15” high and 1 1/4” thick and I love the bark boarder .
Finished with BLO and a couple coats of lacquer .

Thanks for looking


-- Kiefer

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 09:08 PM


-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 10:20 PM

That looks great. Love it. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 10:29 PM

WOW, Klaus. That is excellent. you have a good eye for what makes a perfect sign!!

How did you lay out the letters” Graphite paper?

Cheers, my friend…..........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 10:35 PM

Thanks all
I did the letters by marking out a curved line and used stencils .

-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 10:56 PM

You certainly put the wood burning kit through its paces. Very nice piece of wood and a fine sign.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 11:06 PM

Your sign has a really nice rustic/folksy look to it and it indicates that the shop was established in 1948. Would I be correct to assume that the shop was established by one of your forebears?

-- Art

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#8 posted 12-02-2015 11:16 PM

great looking sign!
It has the natural shape of a banner graphic!

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 12-02-2015 11:36 PM

Great job Keifer, now you’ve got a “Proper” Shop. LOL.
It looks spectacular.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#10 posted 12-03-2015 12:07 AM

Thanks Jay
Yes I love the slab of wood that I used for this and that wood burning (pyrography ) is a lot of fun and a lot to learn but this is my first try at it .

Thanks Art
Yes my uncles shop was the shop and I spent a lot of good times there and this a tribute to his shop and it is also the year I was born .

Thanks Rick
I always appreciate your comment .

Thanks Greg
Now that you mention the banner shape I can see it too maybe that why I picked it .

Thanks Bob
Every shop should have a “Proper”sign so people know who you are .LOL

-- Kiefer

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#11 posted 12-03-2015 12:09 AM

Looks great Klaus ….. Got the kiefer bench, the kiefer saw bench setup, the signature style box, the big tapper, the pine trees and ….. is that a little bevel? Anyway any lumberjock could easily tell whose shop this was even without the excellently lettered name and logo.
Which reminds me, how are you fixed for logos?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 12:47 AM

That about says it all in WOOD!
Good idea.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 01:04 AM

Klaus, ....established 1948? You must have been very young when you opened for business.
Nice sign…I suits you.

-- jbschutz

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 01:32 AM

Thanks Paul
You picked them all and the logo I used for a copy for the sign is the last and it will go on the jig that is getting near completion .

Thanks Hans
Always let the wood speak and I hope this one tells a story .

Thanks john
The sign is also a tribute to my uncle who’s shop opened at that date I believe and it’s also the year I was born .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 12-03-2015 01:57 AM

Klaus, what can I say. A shop sign doesn’t get much better than that. I’m all for the live edge and the burning only adds to the realistic meaning of a wood shop. Well done.

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

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