Sign for Pop

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Project by Scot T posted 02-19-2008 07:00 PM 2444 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Edit: The entire thumb is actually a knot that has some grain to it and makes it look a lot like a certain woodworker’s own thumbprint. It’s ‘knot’ that impressive, but I’ve submitted this project for the a knot like no other contest anyhow.

Pop (in-law) built himself a nice little woodworking shop, so I made him a sign for his birthday.

Simple pine 36”w x 18” high (edge joined with glue and biscuits to get the 18” width).
I don’t have an edge jointer so I had to do the table saw trick to get the edges square prior to joining.
Oval cut using the string and nails technique. Oval groove done with cove bit and edge guide and outer edge was cut with a 1/4” roundover bit.
Letters done by using scaled computer printout, then transferring the outlines using a 1/2” chisel. Freehand routing done with a plunge router and a 90 degree 3/8” V-groove bit.
Some wood burning done on tools and injured thumb, red mahogany in lettering and on icons, and honey oak stain over all else. 4 coats of spray on polyurethane front and back with 400g sanding before the final coat finished it off.

-- Scot, SW Washington

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#1 posted 02-19-2008 07:04 PM

Pretty nice. I really like the hand chiseled letters.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-19-2008 07:13 PM

Very nice job, I love the thumb. I sure Pop will be thrilled I know I would.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#3 posted 02-19-2008 07:50 PM

Really clever sign. You did a good job on the carving and routing. Pops should be proud to hang it in his shop.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 02-19-2008 07:50 PM

Love your sign! Very nice job!

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 02-19-2008 08:06 PM

LOL, that’s a great sign, especially the hand/thumb in the middle. Great job Scot.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#6 posted 02-19-2008 08:26 PM

That’s a great looking sign, I need one of those for our shop. Thanks for posting

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#7 posted 02-19-2008 09:28 PM

Bet Pop loves it! Nothing greater then homemade. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 02-19-2008 10:29 PM

haha this is GREAT
what a great sign – and well made! Great job

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 02-19-2008 10:34 PM

Excellent job! I’m sure he’ll love it.

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

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Scot T

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#10 posted 02-19-2008 10:36 PM

Thanks for the praise everyone. Pop was completely thrilled on his birthday (and hung it early the next morning). There’s also a funny story behind the injured thumb icon. During larger projects in the past (patio covers, remodels, etc.), he’s held nails for me in awkward spaces. Somehow, I always seemed to hit his thumb, so it was fitting to commemorate that.

I have to clarify something that may have been misleading though. I did’nt carve the lettering using a chisel, but only transferred the lettering outline using it. Cutting through the paper is pretty easy that way and you know when you’re done with a letter because the entire thing comes out of the larger piece of paper ;-) With the letter outlines in place, I used the router to do the ‘real’ work.

-- Scot, SW Washington

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Scott Bryan

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#11 posted 02-19-2008 11:32 PM

This is a great birthday gift. I really like the details on the project.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#12 posted 02-20-2008 12:42 AM

Great job. I need to make me a sign like that for the shop.

Keep up the great work!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#13 posted 02-20-2008 01:28 AM

Beaut sign Scot. I wonder how that would with Grumpy’s Woodworks, hmmmm.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 02-20-2008 02:07 AM

Wow, you are one heck of a woodworker. Another great job.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 02-20-2008 05:47 AM

Scot, you gave an excellent description of the steps, and you freehanded the routing with a plunge router? wow! That is a nice sign. Gotta make myself one now. Good job.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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