Shop Shifting #5: Adding a personal touch (the fun part!)

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Blog entry by sras posted 01-03-2013 06:18 AM 1821 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Now that I have the cabinets, there was this large area that needed something.

I decided on a shop sign with some unique character. I took a single piece of scrap wood and cut it into 4 strips.

I then ripped these into thinner strips. One strip being slightly thicker than the other. Next was a bunch of layout work to make sure I had enough material and could make my sign as big as possible.

The letters were laid out to create a rustic look. The look was to be broken strips of wood that give the impression of being crudely nailed together.

For the nails I used discs of maple. I did not want end grain so I shaped a cut off the end of a board. I used multiple passes on the router to create a dowel with grain running across it rather than down the length.

After a few passes I had a dowel

I squared each end on the disc sander.

Rounded each end with a small router.

And cut it to length.

In some cases, I made a bent nail (check out the “A”)

Then it was a matter of laying out the rest of the letters…

And then adding finish to the doors (I’ll post a project with the final view – but you can figure it out from here…)

When I was done, I did not have many scraps left…

I’ll post the project soon – but it is late tonight…

Update… Here it is

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 09:09 AM

Very nice and creative idea for the sign Steve.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 12:04 PM

Cool… I’m pretty sure this idea will be “confiscated” by many here. (It’s the highest form of compliment, you know) :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 01:30 PM

Ahh, creation in progress. I likes the look so far, and the suspense…

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 01-03-2013 02:54 PM

Good one Steve.
Are you the chairman?

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 01-03-2013 04:15 PM

And the excitement continues to build!!

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

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#6 posted 01-03-2013 11:26 PM

great job and a neat idea.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#7 posted 01-04-2013 03:39 AM

Thanks everyone!

joein10asee – Go ahead! That is the point of sharing… I’d like to see your version.

Paul – Since I have built chairs I guess I am ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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