Sign Design

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Blog entry by wdkits1 posted 09-22-2009 11:35 PM 1037 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone
I’m in the process of designing the sign for our scrolling group—The River City Scrollers here in Richmond. At our last meeting we cut out all of the letters for the sign and we decided to do an intarsia to show how Richmond got it’s nickname—River City. I found a pic of The James River with the city in the background and gridded it to help with the scale.

The next step was to make the frame for the sign. I found some 12” wide Mahogany that a friend of mine has (over 1000bf and over 40 years old) and bought 20 bf for use on some of my projects and it was perfect for the sign. I cut the frame out using the cut and drop method which gives me 1/2” of inlay area and routed the edges.

I’m still working on drawing the pattern but should have enough done for the members to commence cutting at our next meeting. Will post pics of our progress.

-- Mike --

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 01:25 AM

That’s going to be a great looking sign. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 11:47 AM

Hurry, I want to see it finished!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 06:17 PM

Very interesting blog and wonderful sign idea. Can’t help wondering what the cut and drop method is though. Can you enlighten me?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 07:29 PM

Hi Mike
The cut and drop method is a technique used to make a recessed area that can then be used for inlay. In the case of the sign project I start with the piece of Mahogany cut to the outside dimensions of 28”x12”x 3/4” thick and miter the corners. Next I measured and marked the inside dimensions of the frame (3/4” wide). This will be my cut line. I then drill a pilot hole just below the cut line to be able to thread the scroll saw blade into the stock. Depending on how much recess I want (do test cut first) I tip the saw bed 2 degrees and cut on the line all the way around which when complete allows the center section to drop but not fall out. I then glue the center section in place which gives me the 1/2” recess. After the glue is dry I run the piece through the planer to remove the excess and makes the back of the frame flush.

-- Mike --

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