Cafe Sign

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 07-03-2016 11:51 AM 844 views 0 times favorited 42 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As we travel we like to look for good “Ma and Pa” restaurants with good home cooked food. Well we found one near Baldwin Michigan run by this real nice lady and I told her I wanted to show my appreciation for such a good place to eat so I made her this sign.
Actually, Randy Smith at the high school, used one of the red oak slabs from John’s saw mill and did the lettering on the high school CNC router for me. All I did was paint in the letters, cut the keyholes in the back and finish it with several coats of poly. It has 3 holes in case she wants to hang it from the balance point or on 2 screws at 16” centers

It is 9” x 23” and around 1” thick and full of spalting!!!!!!!!!! The plan was to have it rustic with bark all around and Randy found just the right piece. The logo is from one of the place mats from the restaurant.

Cindy was delighted with it and showed it to every one in the cafe!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#1 posted 07-03-2016 12:17 PM

A nice sign for the Cafe Jim, should be good for a free burger later on? Nice combination job.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 07-03-2016 01:31 PM

Pretty piece of wood, nice lettering on the sign.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#3 posted 07-03-2016 02:05 PM

Thats a good looking sign. Im sure she will like it very much.

-- Andy Smith

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#4 posted 07-03-2016 02:12 PM

Sign of appreciation.
Very nice of you Jim .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 07-03-2016 02:31 PM

Awesome looking sign, Jim! They will surely appreciate it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 07-03-2016 02:58 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I meant it too…..........after a great breakfast we always get pie to go and it is home made!! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm Gooooooooooood

Cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 07-03-2016 03:19 PM


-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 07-03-2016 05:12 PM

A gr8 way to say thanks to the “mom n pop” places like you speak of. We always ask the locals of a new area for places just like this. 99% of the time, the recommendations are always fantastic.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#9 posted 07-03-2016 06:38 PM

That’s a nice looking sign. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#10 posted 07-03-2016 07:22 PM

Thanks Ken,Roger and Charles!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#11 posted 07-03-2016 07:23 PM


That is a VERY COOL Sign!

Beautiful wood… Perfect…

Is it going to be displayed in full or partial sunlight?

If so, will the Poly Finish hold up? How often must it be refinished and what would the procedure be?

Just curious… I am working on a sign that will be displayed in front of a home; lots of sunlight.

I have been leaning to simply Boiled Linseed Oil… Several coats, for starters… To maintain it, it is expected to just pour some more BLO on it, rub it on, etc. etc. every once in awhile.

I want it to be as easy as possible for them to do it…

Also, did you give the Live edges any special preparation before applying the Poly?

Thank you very much!

That CNC carving really did a good job…
... my carving is the old-fashioned way… with raised lettering… a real pain to do…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#12 posted 07-03-2016 08:40 PM

What a nice gesture Jim. The sign looks great.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#13 posted 07-03-2016 09:19 PM

Great sign! I love to do projects like that, just for the pure joy of watching peoples reactions. So, when does your new CNC router arrive?

-- Jim, Ca,

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#14 posted 07-03-2016 09:55 PM

Very nice gesture indeed! I enjoy finding the nice diners in the out of the way places. Occasionally, the memory of one really does make me think about driving 1200 miles for pie.

-- The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself. Benjamin Franklin

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#15 posted 07-03-2016 10:05 PM

Red Oak, Jim? Extraordinary.

-- Mark

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