|Project by Woodbutcher3||posted 07-16-2010 01:07 PM||3295 views||0 times favorited||8 comments|
This is a refresh of a sign my parents had made for their house. It was about 15 years old when I took it down to fill the rot, clear up some of the rough lettering, rustoleoum the metal straps that hold it , and repaint.
I used bondo to fill the rotted areas. This works very nicely. I have used bondo for rot and errors – yes there is sometimes a slip of the blade or a router running loose. The three phases bondo goes through as it hardens makes it a nice medium to use for fill where paint will later cover it. Got to mix and pour fast, but, when it is first mixed, it is a nice slurry that drips its way into the voids. As it semi-hardens in the second phase, you can give it an initial shaping with chisels, carving tools or even a microplane in some cases. When the bondo hardens into is final stage, it can be filed, cut, routed or sanded. And, no one can tell it’s under there.
Painting was a little easier as I took pictures so I knew what I had there before and projected the image on the board to recopy the original. Unless it is the side of a house, I usually do not do well on painting. So, while my oldest daughter was at home, I had her do the complicated areas. For this project, it was the wreath of flowers. Now I have to find others who can take her place for the artistic painting.
As a last step, the 23kt gold in the lettering is done with sizing. I usually do several layers to fill voids and “polish” with a wet cotton ball. While a painted outline Nothing goes on top of the gold to “protect” it. It stays a beautiful shine for a long time.
I tell people that once or twice a year, a mild washing with auto soap and a soft sponge will keep the sign clean. Why auto soap? Well, they tell you not to use dish soap on a car because it is hash on the finish. So, instead of the dish soap, I use auto soap.
O yes, the name my parents chose for their retreat, CHUMERY. When my parents were dating, they went to a movie called “Harvey”. In it the nickname Chumley was used. Through their years, they affectionately called each other Chum and Chumley. So, they took Chum, added the last three letter of our last name – Montgomery (ery) and came up with Chumery for their Colonial Sign. Truly unique to them alone.
-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.