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Project by toddbeaulieu posted 1175 days ago 2818 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our home had two plaques on the front porch. I stripped and restored the “crest wings”, which was a lot of work. It’s a beautiful piece, and I can only imagine how much work/cost it would be to replace it today.

I decided to replace the “name tag” of the house, because the old one was simply painted and rotting/icky.

I picked up some Spanish Cedar, some hand tools and started watching you tube.

This is what I ended up with. Overall, I’m pleased with it, with the exception of the finish. The natural wood doesn’t look right on the house, IMO. It’s out of place. If I get bored with my other proejcts, I may pull it down and paint it white.

Learning to carve the rounded letters was fun and easy (extreme sarcasm), with the grain changes.

I have a post card from 1940 addressed to “Colonial Manse, North Reading MA” and it got there. Simpler times!





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 1175 days ago

Outstanding carving work. I would have looked at that and sworn it was done on a CNC machine.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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toddbeaulieu

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#2 posted 1175 days ago

Ha! That’s because you can’t see it up close!

But seriously, I really wanted it to look hand done. Even the border around it is hand done and purposefully imperfect.

Thank you.

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jim C

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#3 posted 1175 days ago

Your eyes and mine see differently. The sign is fantastic and I think it contrasts beautifully with the the house. Don’t paint it.

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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lightweightladylefty

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#4 posted 1175 days ago

Todd,

You did an exceptional job on your “calligraphy”! And that chisel doesn’t just sweep across the wood like a calligraphy pen does. Thanks for sharing.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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CanalboatJim

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#5 posted 1174 days ago

Todd, Very nice job. You’ve inspired me, I’ve been wanting to try letter carving. I’m going to check out youtube.

-- Jim Westbrooks

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joshtank

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#6 posted 791 days ago

and you just painted inside the letters after it was carved? that’s what it looks like when it’s up but i can’t tell.

-- Josh - Jacksonville, FL, http://jubinsky.wordpress.com

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toddbeaulieu

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#7 posted 791 days ago

Hi Josh.

I’m currently reading a book on finishing because I know/knew next to nothing about it. I’d just grab whatever can I could find and a brush.

I definitely struggled with finishing this project. I was going to paint it to match the house and original sign, but once I saw the natural wood I wanted a clear finish. I used spar varnish. I then attempted to paint inside the carved letters and watched the paint bead up. Dope. So I picked up something called Gripper, I think it was, at HD and primed the letters first. I then went back over them with the black paint.

At this point, the sign doesn’t really “fit” because it’s the only bare wood on the house. But I have too many other projects to worry about that … like the paint on the house itself peeling so quickly you can almost hear it.

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