Dirty / Clean Sign

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-12-2013 12:05 AM 1966 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No, this isn’t a sign for jokers to let them know if children are in the room.

It’s a dishwasher sign so you know the condition of the dishes.

The first time you realize you put away a bunch of dirty dishes into your cupboards because you thought they were clean you will wish you had a sign like this! ;-)

Pretty simple – drew out a random “blotch” pattern and the words into my CAD program and let my CNC go to work – then it was a simple five minutes on my scrollsaw to cut it out.

Some lemon oil and a spritz from a can a spray lacquer and Bob’s your Uncle!

I counter-sunk half of a rare earth magnet I stripped from a computer hard drive in the rear – holds on like a champ.

Measures around 7 inches by 4 inches and is white oak.

Cheers! Now I gotta go empty the dishwasher. Or are they dirty??? Uh Oh…......


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-12-2013 12:54 AM

Great idea. I once did that too to let me know if the dishes were dirty or clean.

Since then we developed another system. After meals, we put dirty dishes in the dishwasher. HOWEVER, we put the silverware in a container (filled with water) that sits on or near the sink.

When we open the dish washer and there is NO SILVERWARE in the silverware basket, then the dishes are DIRTY. If there IS SILVERWARE in the silverware basket then the dishes are CLEAN.

You just got to remember to put the silverware in the dishwasher before you start the washing cycle.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#2 posted 03-12-2013 02:28 AM

Paper plates & plastic utensils…..
Bachelor with NO dishwasher!!!

BTW: nice looking sign!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 08:00 AM

We have one at work as well. Fun project nice post.

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

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 03-12-2013 10:31 AM

Looks cool, Bob! Nice to have. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Monte Pittman

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#5 posted 03-12-2013 12:53 PM

Good thought

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 03-12-2013 12:55 PM

That’s out of my territory. I don’t know how to operate the dishwasher and my wife won’t let me go near it or the laundry machines. However, the sign sure looks good.

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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#7 posted 03-12-2013 02:43 PM

Nice sign.

Whatever sys you use it’s a memory thing as you got to remember to switch the sign. I got a good memory but it’s so short it’s not much good. I’d forget to switch the sign. Haaa Haaa

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 03-12-2013 03:47 PM


My current dishwasher includes an LED “clean” indicator on the control panel. Without it, a sign would be very useful for folks who live with people who insist on prewashing everything they put in the machine.

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#9 posted 03-12-2013 10:13 PM

LOL ldl…. I’d fergit to turn it round fer sure

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

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#10 posted 03-13-2013 05:41 PM

You are just full of ideas. I do like.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 03-13-2013 05:42 PM

Thank you all for the kind words!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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