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Project by littlecope posted 03-26-2013 07:45 PM 1521 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Debbie asked me if I could make a sign for her Brother Jim’s Birthday next week, this is the result…
Construction was the same as the six-part Blog I did on the subject, with one exception…
On “One-line” signs, it can be tricky to line the letters up during the glue-up, particularly on long ones…An old sign I made...

Drawing a line would be simple, but next to impossible to erase or sand off after gluing…
So I came up with the simplest of devices… a couple of large spikes nailed into a scrap, with a string between them, to use as a Sight Line…Sight line for straight lettering Glue-up...

I used to use some nice orange thread but couldn’t find it, so String was used this time…
Looking straight down from above, it’s very easy to line everything up (just not easy to photograph!)The View...

Anyway, I got to use some of the new wood too, the backer board is made from some of the Black Walnut I bought… The lettering is Maple I had kicking around…
Thanks for looking, comments are always appreciated! :)
26 March 2013

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 08:04 PM

Very nice looking sign. What did you seal it with?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-26-2013 08:31 PM

really nice sign there mike, i know he will like that, i need to make one for over the shop door..the nail and line is a smart thing to do…....grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 08:31 PM

Came out great
Neat idea for a gift

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 08:44 PM

Nice work Mike, it came out real good.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 08:52 PM

I guess Jim’s will be a place “Where everybody knows your name.” :)

A great looking sign, and I’m sure he will really appreciated it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 08:59 PM

great job and a nice tip.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 09:06 PM

Very nice job my friend !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 03-26-2013 09:31 PM

Awesome Plaque! Very good job!


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

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#9 posted 03-26-2013 09:34 PM

The string is a good idea. I never thought about it but now that you showed me, I’m good to go.

-- Eugene, North Carolina,

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#10 posted 03-26-2013 09:38 PM

Great looking! plaque, Mike!
Don’t you just love the way walnut grain pops out when you apply a finish!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 03-26-2013 09:53 PM

Looks like all that Palmer method handwriting paid off (now if you know what the Palmer method is… you are really old!).
Nice work, Mike.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#12 posted 03-26-2013 10:02 PM

Great sign thank you for sharing this project.

-- Todd

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#13 posted 03-26-2013 10:06 PM

Oh thanks so very much Mike LOL, looks great super job ,I know Jim will love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 03-26-2013 11:44 PM

Nice work, nice sign.

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

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#15 posted 03-26-2013 11:52 PM

Thanks Everybody!
I’ve made a lot of these over the last ten years…
This was the first time that I had two such clearly light and dark woods!
First time working Walnut too… I like it!
Hawaiilad: I used Spray-on Polyurethane for this…
Ellen: I remember the Palmer method… I just hope I don’t start forgetting things like that! :)
a1Jim: I didn’t know that your Birthday was next week! I’d be happy to make you one… Is that what you want it to say??

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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