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Project by GrainTrain79 posted 09-07-2009 08:57 AM 2229 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first woodworking project ever. When I was in the Army, I liberated a stop sign from Kuwait and snuck it home. It was way too nice to hang in the garage.

I built this last year before I had any tools- just a cordless drill, a hand saw, and a plastic miter box. Lots of fun nonetheless.

It looks OK from a distance, pretty rough close up. A good conversation piece anyway.

Everything that is exposed is Red Oak wiped with Tung Oil. Hanger Bolts attach the legs.

The wife ACTUALLY lets me keep it in the living room!

-- West Seattle, WA





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thelt

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 01:12 PM

That is cool, great job. I have an old road sign that says “Don’t drink & Drive”. Gives me a good idea of what to do with it.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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thelt

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 01:15 PM

Forgot to ask, how did you attach the stop sign to the table?

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 01:34 PM

nice table .

good story ,
and you get to keep the wife too !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 02:32 PM

That’s a cool table. I’m sure it is a great conversation piece. Welcome to LJ’s and we look forward to more of your projects.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 03:03 PM

Free the signs!!!

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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Jeff

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 05:00 PM

You must have had some big pants to “sneek” it home in. Anyway, that’s a great idea and certainly a wonderful conversation piece that will be around for many years. I think the table looks good, it’s simple which keeps the focus on the sign. If you’re not happy with it, you could always make another table and remount the sign.

Thanks for your service to our country!

Jeff

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#7 posted 09-07-2009 05:17 PM

cool idea

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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GrainTrain79

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 06:52 PM

The sign just sits onto the plywood. There’s about 1/8” all the way around for play. I did have to accommodate two bullet holes (hard to see in pics). I drilled into the plywood then rounded the tops of the holes with a rat tail file. I guess all cultures like to shoot signs.

Sneaking it home was risky (best done at the end of a deployment, not the beginning)... but in retrospect, certainly worth it.

I initially screwed it all together, then backed the screws out one by one and replaced them with glued dowells. Then the dowells were cut and sanded flush.

I should get some custom glass for the top, in order to protect it. The other option would be pouring in epoxy, but that would attach the sign too permanently.

-- West Seattle, WA

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 01:18 AM

Good use of a stop sign.

Congrats on your wife allowing you to keep it in the LR!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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scuppasteve

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 05:51 AM

They have these signs all over the middle east obviously. But when i was deployed over there the big joke was that the signs said “Stop or Canoe” cause the arabic on the sign looks like 2 guys in a canoe. Sorry just thought i would share…
Steve

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GrainTrain79

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#11 posted 09-09-2009 07:16 AM

Ha! I have pondered recreating the one that says “Crossing Red Light Leads to Death” and making an end table. Or the ones saying ”...deadly force authourized…”
I could square up a photo in a drafting program (MicroStation) and run it out of a 36” plotter… then use rubber cement and an exacto knife to use it as a spraypainting template, peeling it off as i go.

-- West Seattle, WA

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#12 posted 09-11-2009 12:27 AM

A nice job on the sign.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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woodsoldier

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#13 posted 09-12-2009 01:01 AM

Very nice, I like this project, but not even going to ask how you got it out of country….LOL

-- Retired from Active Duty

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#14 posted 10-03-2009 02:45 AM

we’re here to liberate your signs, lol outstanding table

-- you must live for something or die for nothing (rambo)

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GrainTrain79

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#15 posted 05-16-2012 03:44 AM

Update- This has now been moved to the man cave! pictures to follow later!

-- West Seattle, WA

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