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    Cedar sandblasted sign

    Western Redcedar, sandblasted. PB Resin doming on "Parks", gilded with 23k Red Gold ( W&B)
    Gorilla Glue texture on the pine.
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    Panelclip. Made by Brooklyn Hardware Mfg., in...

    Panelclip. Made by Brooklyn Hardware Mfg., in Oregon.
    It's basically a French/ Dutch cleat made from aluminum.
    A #8 screw with a cup-washer fits nicely into the mounting channel.
    For...
  3. Honestly, I've never blasted stone, nor even seen...

    Honestly, I've never blasted stone, nor even seen it done, but I've blasted hundreds of signs & can't imagine it working as well as you like. . This would be akin to painting an entire car with an...
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    Hideaway Ranch

    This little sign will be off to High Prairie Alberta in June.
    The pretty girl's name is Heidi, & she has posed for me before. This sign is for her human.
    Corafoam U150, from DunaUSA, W&B 23k...
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    Holy Trinity, Little Current ON

    It's been a bit quiet here on the "Sign" sub-forum, so I guess it's my turn.
    This was installed back in October on Manitoulin Island, in Lake Huron.
    Single sided, Corafoam U200, sandblasted texture...
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    I'm not an on-line source, but ......... Where...

    I'm not an on-line source, but .........
    Where are you located? I have some Alaskan Yellow that I'll never use, 1 piece is 39" x 6.75" x 3", & the rest are mostly 2" thick. There's not a lot.
    I'm...
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    What Jim said. I can get 10 years out of 100%...

    What Jim said. I can get 10 years out of 100% acrylic house paints, but most clear wood finishes don'[t have enough UV blocker in them to keep the wood fibres from deteriorating under the finish. ...
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    I feel your pain. I know nothing about liquid...

    I feel your pain. I know nothing about liquid masks, but one you're down to less than 1/16" you're masking, any mask would have to be terribly aggressive to stay put . & painting those tiny V's is...
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    Reverse Glass Ancestry

    This is not my first attempt at reverse glasswork, but my first unsupervised.
    We have 4 children, & each gets one for Christmas.
    I used a different leaf on each piece .... 12k gold, 13.25k gold,...
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    Because of the way wood expands & contracts due...

    Because of the way wood expands & contracts due to moisture migration, any species quarter sawn is much more stable, & hence, resistant to warping. White oak should be no different.
    That's why CHVG...
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    I'm surprised that the mask sticks at all to raw...

    I'm surprised that the mask sticks at all to raw wood. I would put on at least one coat of whatever & sand it smooth enough to get good adhesion,
    I would also agree with everything Ross said.
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    I bought a new Roland Camm-1 a couple of years...

    I bought a new Roland Camm-1 a couple of years back. It's just set up like a printer.... I can cut directly from CorelDraw.. I'm stupid with computers, so had my computer guru set it up. ...
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    Brad ..... for the grains of "softwood", you need...

    Brad ..... for the grains of "softwood", you need to buy one of those "grainer" tools at a paint store. That way you can have both flat grain & vertical grain too..
    That's a good video, but I do...
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    John, I'm in Canada & the stuff I used on my...

    John, I'm in Canada & the stuff I used on my house & shop is a Canadian store brand. On sign posts, I use Olympic ( made by PPG) I've never used it on an actual sign ...just the posts.

    Joe...
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    John, if you can live with a stain ....... IF you...

    John, if you can live with a stain ....... IF you have band-sawn lumber, & don't plane it ....... WB stain sticks to that like snot to a baby blanket. I'm guessing another coat every 8 years, less...
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    I feel I should offer some back-up to my harsh...

    I feel I should offer some back-up to my harsh opinion on "natural" finishes.
    I love wood ... especially redcedar, cypress & redwood. When I started making signs full time, 22 years ago, the...
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    Really, none of the natural finishes will outlast...

    Really, none of the natural finishes will outlast any good 100% acrylic paint. When someone insists on "natural", I "faux paint" it in the correct colours for the species. All softwoods have...
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    Jim, a different bit won't make a difference...

    Jim, a different bit won't make a difference V-carving. It's going to cut until the edges of the bit touch the letter's vector outline. ..
    If the font doesn't show enough "space" .... just raise...
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    Jim, you're advancing very quickly. I have...

    Jim, you're advancing very quickly.
    I have Jim's permission to offer some more "helpful hints" ...... I always worry about my "constructive" criticism being construed as "just plain ole"...
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    I like it !

    I like it !
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    Mark Bolton ... that's really bad advice .... IF...

    Mark Bolton ... that's really bad advice .... IF I had $100k sitting in the bank, & I was sitting around doing absolutely nothing, I'd invest it in some fine single malt scotch whisky. 10 years...
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    What Mark Bolton said. If you have no overhead...

    What Mark Bolton said.
    If you have no overhead to speak of, that's a bonus, but it's pretty easy to fall into the trap of making stuff "cheap" just to stay busy. Then, all you're doing is hurting...
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    Faded reds....

    The reds were re-done this spring. You can see in this photo how much they faded out over 9 years. Donna has just started the re-paint. The "burgundy" panel you can just see a it of was faded out...
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    I come at this from a completely different angle...

    I come at this from a completely different angle .... all custom work, & mostly dimensional signage. The "Etsy" stuff would just bore & frustrate me ....
    I have a base price, & then a square foot...
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    ThystleDown Farm

    Not quite finished ( other side still needs work) but I have time to post ...
    Corafoam 15lb, with the "applied" letters from 20lb Corafoam. Steel mounting bracket goes through the centre of the...
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