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02-10-2011 07:05 PM

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I rec’d an order for a sign.
12×24 Western red cedar. I milled up the wood laid out the pattern and of course could not cut it on my dewalt788. Too long by about 2 inches.

I tried spirals but due to it being wrc it chipped out badly on the first letter so i stopped and decided to cut the sign in half. I proceeded to make the sign and it cut out beautifully and sanded up nicely, & I was able to repair the spiral tear out. Problem is, there is a discernible line where I had to bi-sect the sign.

Possible solutions.
Leave as is.
Place apiece of stained darker half round molding over the line. Looks okay. I’d frame out the sign with it as well.
Use a veining bit and rout a “V” groove down the line. But not sure what to do around the rest of the border of the sign then.



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#1 posted 02-10-2011 07:13 PM

Take five steps back, note where you want to a couple of keys for effect – use a different color of wood, and make it intentional. Gives it a rustic look.

I really have no idea, design is not what I do – but if you make a mistake look intentional, people will look at it, say really cool way to repair and tell you about the furniture that they need fixed.

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 07:14 PM

If you can’t hide it, feature it.



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#3 posted 02-10-2011 07:23 PM

Thanks for the advice. I’ll feature it.

-- When the only tool you own is a hammer, every problem begins to look like a nail.

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#4 posted 02-10-2011 09:56 PM

Duct Tape! Duct tape fixes anything… ;-)

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 11:22 PM

Can you post a picture of it. It might help us figure a couple of ideas for you

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 12:11 AM

I agree with Lee, “If you can’t hide it, feature it.”
This would be the best advice. If you try to hide a blemish it only makes it more pronounced.
This is one of the first things I learned as an apprentice, we were installing a built in entertainment unit and the side gables were short by about 1/2” instead of trying to fill in the gap we dropped the unit a little lower and added a small moulding that ran across the top and it looked great. It looked intentional and part of the design.
The V-groove idea sounds good, you might want to add a few more V-grooves above and below and make the
V-groove a feature. Don’t overdue it of course.

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