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Thread: A Couple of Interesting Novelty Signs

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    Roger's a good dude and knows his stuff when it comes to dimensional signs.
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    Just stumbled across this forum and those look great Jim. Is the HDU an acceptable outside sign material? I'm thinking of making a sign post and sign callining out our street number for out by the road. Looking for good durable choices.

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    Ron, for personal use, see if you can get off-cuts from signmakers...their scrap. I brought a mid-sized SUV cargo area's worth (all seats down) home for $100 while traveling awhile ago from a 'Creeker who's "in the business". I can buy it from my sheet goods supplier and some other sources, but full sheets are pretty expensive. Getting someone elses off-cuts/scrap, free or for a few shekels keeps it out of the landfill and lets you work with some pretty nice kinds of material. I do the same for Corian. I'm authorised to buy it for "non kitchen/residential" manufacturing, but full sheets are enormously expensive. So when I can find off-cuts, I grab them. I just got a very heavy box of .25" off-cuts from Mark Bolton, as a matter of fact.

    I've used both HDU and Corian/Solid-surface for small house signs.

    Corian:




    HDU

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    Finding someone who has usable waste pieces will be the challenge. I will try to do a search for Corian countertop installers and see if I can locate someone who can fix me up.

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    I was surprised a how much HDU waste/off-cut was just sitting around in that sign shop's shop...they apparently didn't do a lot of small stuff that would allow them to leverage that scrap. For Corian...you can often get sink cutouts which are a great size for all kinds of personal projects. There are places, like that auction site, and some others that sell smaller pieces to hobbyists, but from a cost perspective, looking for scrap/waste is a far better solution. Tear-outs are another source for solid surface when a kitchen is getting redone. That could mean "dumpster diving", but get permission first, of course.
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