Honey-Do Sign redux

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Project by Tooch posted 11-27-2017 02:24 PM 506 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was a replacement project for my wife’s shop that I had originally made 2 years ago. At the time, I used vinyl lettering for her logo and then polyurethane over top. I didn’t realize that the outdoor location of the sign would get pummeled with sun, rain, snow, and crazy temperature changes, which cause the lettering to swell and eventually peel off.

So we (my wife) decided that I needed to make a new sign, this time carving it out on the CNC and painting it to avoid the peeling that happened to the first sign. Although using a CNC can yield good results, the process of setting up the toolpath is not as easy as some would think. I documented a few trials and tribulations in my last couple blog posts that showed a few roadblocks I hit along the way. Also, picture 4 shows that even though I ran several tests with the wording below the logo, sometimes you just can’t get it right.

So the process started with painting a 24”x24” sheet of birch plywood white, then carving out the logo. After carving out the bottom letters and saw they ran out of room, I decided to cut that portion off (I plan to add another smaller sign later). I then built the frame of PT decking with basic frame and panel construction. The hardest part was painting the inside of the lettering black, which took about 9 hours when it was all said and done. All those fine details were very time consuming, and I went through about a roll and a half of paper towels wiping off spots that went outside the lines. After that I finished painting the frame and covered it with 3 coats of PPG Paints Breakthrough clear gloss acrylic. Luckily that stuff dries fast, so I was able to get it hung up just in time for Small Business Saturday.

Thanks for looking, as always any comments appreciated, all questions replied to.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 02:32 PM

This time you made it correctly and I hope it will last long. I like letters and other decorations.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 02:54 PM

Tooch, quite a saga. The sign is beautiful. I love the extra filigree. Nice job!

You might want to cut out an extra or two while the tool is set up. Theft, weather, time all take their toll. I wonder if it would be easier to spray paint the letters, sand the surface and then coat the flat surface. Fine point felt pens may work better than paint. I hope the sign lasts…it should.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 03:44 PM

This sign is so nice and beautifully done.

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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#4 posted 11-27-2017 04:08 PM

like the feet as LOGO very cool looking …GREAT JOB :<))


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#5 posted 11-27-2017 04:33 PM

That is really cool. Love the sign. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#6 posted 11-28-2017 12:46 AM

Now that’s the way to do things the first time. Really nice job.

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

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#7 posted 11-28-2017 03:09 AM

Thanks everyone for your kind words.

Al, I was able to save the file so it is ready for next time, but I may make some changes to get a smoother cut.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#8 posted 12-04-2017 01:42 AM

Nice work on the sign, Mike!!


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

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