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Signs Signs, Everywhere a Sign

by rance
posted 10-23-2011 07:58 AM


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#1 posted 10-23-2011 08:48 AM

well this a Benjamin Franklin quote. Sell not virtue to purchase wealth, nor Liberty to purchase power.

-- If A equals success, then the formula is, A = X + Y + Z, Where X is work, Y is play, And Z is keep your mouth shut." -Albert Einstein.

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#2 posted 10-23-2011 09:08 AM

Here is one of my favourite signs…

I have made quite a few and need to make a heap more…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 10-23-2011 09:40 AM

Friends Welcome. Relatives by Appointment…..........

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 10-23-2011 11:11 AM

How about:
homesweethome.com.au

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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ShopTinker

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#5 posted 10-23-2011 01:20 PM

Ignorance is curable, stupid is forever!

Don’t force it, use a bigger hammer.

Knowledge is an expression of how much we’ve learned. Wisdom is the realization of how little that is.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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saddletramp

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#6 posted 10-23-2011 02:04 PM

If it doesn’t fit, you’re not using a big enough hammer

I’ve cut it twice and it’s still too short

I’ve always been crazy but it’s kept me from going insane

Ugly is a state of mind, not a physical affliction

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 02:17 PM

Almost forgot:

What, me worry—- Alfred E Newman

Come visit a fat old man sometime —- Rooster Cogburn

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#8 posted 10-23-2011 02:30 PM

I like the sign Larry. There’s only one problem, or not really. If you want to keep the beer for yourself. Tomorrow never comes LOL.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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helluvawreck

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#9 posted 10-23-2011 02:32 PM

Rance, whenever I think of making signs I think of Patrick Spielman. I use to make sandblasted signs and I got a lot of inspiration from him. I realize that that was a few years back and that there might be younger people who write books about this but he has made a lot of signs in his life.

-- 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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mtenterprises

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#10 posted 10-23-2011 03:18 PM

helluvawreck, Patrick Spielman, was one of my insperations too. I stole lots of ideas from his books and signs were a staple for my shop for a long time. I’ve been collecting quotes and sayings for so long I’ll never get them all done. Here’s a pic of one of my many signs.
MIKE

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Roger

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#11 posted 10-23-2011 03:30 PM

this is the sign hanging on my shop door

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 10-23-2011 03:53 PM

Is the Milescrafter letter kit any good?

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rance

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#13 posted 10-23-2011 06:03 PM

Nice quotes folks. helluvawreck, I’ll check out that book. Thanks. I just bought his Segmentation book.

“I’m, too sexy for my hair. That’s why there’s none up there.”
“Beauty is skin deep. Ugly goes clear to the bone.”
“Go ahead, make my day.”

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#14 posted 10-23-2011 08:11 PM

No HORSE Play…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#15 posted 10-24-2011 04:48 PM

On a Maternity Room door:

”Push. Push. Push.”

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#16 posted 10-24-2011 05:15 PM

Rance, now you went and did it! Now I’m going to have to make a sign that simply says, You Can’t Fix Stupid.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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Joe Lyddon

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#17 posted 10-24-2011 09:00 PM

Why?

If it Aint Broken, Why Fix It?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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ShopTinker

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#18 posted 10-26-2011 02:17 PM

Change does not always equal progress.

Accomplishments come from Inspiration, Preparation, and Perspiration

Perception is Reality

Success often comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.

It’s not messy, it’s Eclectically Organized

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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Craftsman on the lake

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#19 posted 10-26-2011 02:53 PM

Conform and be Dull

Everything you need to know in life you can learn from Star Trek

The most fun you can have in life is at someone else’s expense

I actually find the latter two useful and fun. kinda….

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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ghazard

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#20 posted 10-26-2011 02:58 PM

I love the thought provoking response you feel after reading a good quote. Here are some I like…that might fit well on a nice piece of walnut or mahogany!

- To have a dream is ordinary. To follow a dream is admirable. To achieve a dream is indescribable.

- Be described by your character; be known for your charity.

- Simplicity is not an indication of ignorance; it’s the hallmark of experience.

- Every group has one individual who makes life difficult for everyone else. If you can’t see him; it’s you.

- It isn’t who you know. It’s how you treat them.

- “Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream things that never were, and say why not.” Edward Kennedy quoting Robert Kennedy during RK’s eulogy.

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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Joe Lyddon

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#21 posted 10-26-2011 08:28 PM

”If it Aint Broke, Fix it Anyway”

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#22 posted 10-26-2011 08:37 PM

SERVICE MANGLER
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#23 posted 10-26-2011 08:46 PM

Police Station toilet stolen
....Cops have nothing to go on.

-- 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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#24 posted 10-26-2011 09:11 PM


“If it Aint Broke, I BREAK IT!”

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#25 posted 10-27-2011 01:38 AM

here is an Idea for a sign.

-- In God We Trust

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tom427cid

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#26 posted 10-27-2011 05:14 AM

Freddy sez;
Ifn we caint fitz it
It aint broke
tom

-- "certified sawdust maker"

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#27 posted 10-27-2011 05:17 AM

I’m not mean, your just a wuss. :)

I dial 1911

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#28 posted 10-27-2011 07:01 AM

I’ve always wondered how signs people show on this site are made? Free hand? lettering kits? In my limited experience with routing free hand I feel like I would be quite poor at it so I think I’d have to get a kit. Any suggestions on an entry level set? Has anyone tried this Craftsman one? What about any of the Milescraft ones? Do you need to have a plunge router to make one of these

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#29 posted 10-27-2011 07:10 AM

To write with a broken pencil is pointless.

A will is a dead give away.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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mtenterprises

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#30 posted 10-27-2011 01:18 PM

BentheViking – Get Patrick Spielman’s Sign Carving book it’s a great place to start as many of us have. As for the choice of router if you are doing free hand you need a small one. I have an OLD somewhat small aluminum bodied Stanley that works best for me. I trier a bigger Craftsman but it was too heavy and the Dremel tool is just under powered and the bits too small but it works for clean up and fudging in mistakes. I want to get one of the new smaller routers, they have enough power and are very manoverable. A foot control switch is really necessary for safety and convience. A router and bits, a practice board, some chalk and one of the sayings from above and you are in business. It’s great fun! Let’s see what you can doo.
MIKE

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ShopTinker

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#31 posted 10-27-2011 03:53 PM

I found this one on a friends FB page.

“Unless your name is Google, stop acting like you know everything”

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#32 posted 10-27-2011 05:23 PM

My dad has one over the garage that says “He with the most tools when he dies wins”

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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rance

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#33 posted 10-27-2011 06:01 PM

These are some very good sayings folks. Keep them coming. :)

BentheViking,

Contrary to what Mike suggests, I prefer a full size router. Try both and you’ll figure out what works best for you.

Freehand lettering is actually easier than you think. I STRONGLY suggest you try it out on some scrap before buying any templates or lettering systems. I was asked to do a rustic sign with uneven lettering and found that I was cutting too straight. I had to make it a point of making the letters wavy. Give it a try with the tools you have(big or small) before spending money. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. A plunge router is not mandatory, but this might be a good excuse to get one. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Paul Pomerleau

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#34 posted 10-27-2011 06:14 PM

Here’s one I like:

”Some days it’s just not worth chewing through the restraints”

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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rance

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#35 posted 10-27-2011 08:58 PM

A Young Chick And An Old Rooster Live Here

On the rear window of my sister’s truck:
My keys are here on the seat, right next to my Doberman

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gfadvm

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#36 posted 10-28-2011 04:17 AM

“My guard dog can make it to the fence in 4.7 seconds. Can you? My neighbor has this on his front gate and I would definately beware.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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mtenterprises

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#37 posted 10-28-2011 01:15 PM

True Rance. use what you have at hand. You can even make signs with just a couple regular chisels and a hammer. Hand carving can be very relaxing and satisfying, just don’t pick something like The Lord’s Prayer for your first sign to carve :). Hey if the first sign impresses the wife just say “You know I could do a better faster job if I had one of these.” great way to get new tools, works every time.

Here is one I’m going to make one of these days – “Life = 15”. Explanation: Life is like the game 15 shown in the picture, you cannot get to an item you want unless you move several others first thus; Life equals 15

MIKE

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#38 posted 10-28-2011 11:51 PM

I may not be good but I’m slow.

Happiness is a large close knit family in another city

If it has tires of testicles you’re going to have trouble with it

It is the friend you can call at 4AM that really matter

The truth will set you free but first it pisses you off

Dave

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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#39 posted 10-29-2011 12:14 AM

At the auto shop

Labor rate $20.00
If you watch $30.00
If you help $40.00

Questions $5.00
Questions requiring thought $10.00
Questions with right answers $20.00
Dumb looks still free

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rance

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#40 posted 10-30-2011 08:38 PM

Here’s the one I was really looking for:

A nice Grandma lives here with an Old Buzzard

And then there’s Al’s tag line:

Putting the Laughter back into manslaughter

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rance

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#41 posted 10-31-2011 05:04 AM

I see Stupid people.

Easilly distracted by Shiny Tools.

I Love cats, but I can’t eat a whole one.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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rance

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#42 posted 11-03-2011 06:24 PM

Here’s some from Woodbutcher3. He was too shy to post them himself…

 

Whatever hits the fan will NOT be distributed evenly.

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it.

FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS! ~ Except that one where you’re naked in church.

Sometimes too much to drink isn’t enough.

Kinky is using a feather. Perverted is using the whole chicken.

Suicidal twin kills sister by mistake!

My short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be.
Also, my short-term memory’s not as sharp as it used to be.

Welcome to Utah. Set your watch back 20 years.

A bartender is just a pharmacist with a limited inventory.

I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

I am a Nobody. Nobody is Perfect. Therefore I am Perfect.

KENTUCKY: Five million people, Fifteen last names.

I’m not your type. I’m not inflatable.

Dyslexics Have More Nuf.

I LOVE COOKING WITH WINE ~ Sometimes I even put it in the food.

Money isn’t everything, but it sure keeps the kids in touch.

Red meat is not bad for you. Fuzzy green meat is bad for you.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Joe Lyddon

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#43 posted 11-03-2011 07:33 PM

rance: Very FUNNY!... Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#44 posted 11-03-2011 08:27 PM

“Yes Honey. You are special! Just like everybody else.”

or my tag line:
Measure Twice, Cut Once, Count Fingers!

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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FirehouseWoodworking

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#45 posted 11-03-2011 10:32 PM

Every firefighter knows:


“Don’t practice until you get it right;
Practice until you can’t get it wrong!”

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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rance

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#46 posted 11-19-2011 03:07 PM

I just got a call from (insert name here)’s proctologist. Apparently, they’ve found his head.

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#47 posted 11-19-2011 04:06 PM

I agree with Jim Finn

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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rance

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#48 posted 12-12-2011 08:57 PM

I like Michael23 ’s tag line

Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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rance

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#49 posted 01-24-2012 05:24 AM

Two more I came across on the Lost Art Press:

There are no “hand-cut” dovetails – unless you can file sawteeth into your fingers.
I just karate chop my dovetails out – Chuck Norris style.

I’ll be using these in my hand cut dovetail class.

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devann

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#50 posted 01-24-2012 05:34 AM

One of my favorites:

Sir, I’d like to match wits with you but you appear unarmed.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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