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Project by jmartel posted 02-22-2014 01:58 AM 1129 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine who is also a fellow Triumph rider wanted a veneered sign with the Triumph logo to hang over his home bar. The lettering is from Fiddleback Anigre, and the background veneer is walnut burl, with solid walnut edging. The dimensions are approximately 10”x23”. Finish is 3 coats of Danish Oil, followed by 3 coats of Arm-r-seal, and finally rubbed out with 0000 Steel wool to get a very smooth finish.

The veneer was cut with an x-acto knife on a self-healing craft mat while watching the Superbowl.

Unfortunately there were a few small sections where the glue bled completely through the veneer, so it showed up when I put the finish on, but overall I am very happy with the way it turned out.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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#1 posted 02-22-2014 02:06 AM

JMart you should be nothing but extatic with your efforts. Was fun watching you work on that sign over on Stef’s thread. Your friend, I imagine, must be pretty stoked for that sign. It’s fantastic!

-- Jake -- "Not only do we live among the stars, the stars live within us." - Neil Degrasse Tyson

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#2 posted 02-22-2014 02:21 AM

Jmart, that sign is a triumph! Great work.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#3 posted 02-22-2014 02:52 AM

A really nice wood combination you put together. Came out great jmart.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#4 posted 02-22-2014 03:15 AM

Stunning grain combo Jmart, good job.

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#5 posted 02-22-2014 03:21 AM

Man that looks good.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 02-22-2014 03:23 AM

Nice work on this, as mentioned, the wood choices are sweet looking.

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#7 posted 02-22-2014 03:29 AM

The only problem with it is that it reminds me that I have my college bike, a ‘59 Triumph 650cc Bonneville in my garage in need of restoration.

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#8 posted 02-22-2014 03:32 AM

Thanks, all. Eddie, I have a 2008 Daytona 675. Bit different of a bike than your Bonneville, but they do make modern versions of the Bonnevilles that are pretty sweet. Especially the Thruxtons.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#9 posted 02-22-2014 04:07 AM

JMart – I’d be really proud of that sign if I had made it. It is really good.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 02-22-2014 04:59 AM

Very cool, turned out sweet. Ride a Triumph myself…... :)

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 02-22-2014 05:50 AM

I have to comment because:

1) It’s a very nice sign and I commend your knife skills. I’ve tried knife marquetry and just don’t have the patience.

2) My very first “big bike” was a vintage (even in 1967) 6T Thunderbird that I stripped and rode with pride as a crazed youth.

3) I can offer a bit of help with the glue problem. I glue all my marquetry with hide glue. Wet cloth cleanup will eliminate all the problems PVA glues present in finishing. I use hot but liquid is just as good for pressing marquetry.

4) Repeat #1, I like it.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#12 posted 02-22-2014 01:09 PM

Very nice. Really tight knife skills.
It brings back memories of riding a Triumph when I was in high school – a long time ago.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 02-22-2014 01:11 PM

The sign turned out great. I bet your friend is very happy.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#14 posted 02-22-2014 02:22 PM

I assume you glued the veneer to something? i.e. plywood or mdf? Just curious because I’m planning something similar and would like to know the method you may have used. Also, with such thin veneer do you have to worry about wood movement at all?

Very good job.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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#15 posted 02-22-2014 04:20 PM

Great work, some mad cutting skills as well.

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

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