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PostPosted: Fri Jan 01, 2010 3:52 pm 
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I was recently comissioned to make a sign for my work-- it is for over top of our operations desk (the hub of a flying squadron) and is to hang on the wall.


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This sign is 3/8 MDF and is 12x48. I carved out the sign, routed a chamfer around the edge, primed it with shellac based primer with my Earlex and then spray painted it with a texture "stone" type spray paint. I then hand painted the letters and patch in with acrylic paints and sealed it all with a couple of coats of lacquer (spray can) The effect is VERY realistic as the MDF looks so much like stone that my neighbor thought my machine could carve stone and told me that sidewalk path signs would make me tons of $$-- I then told him it was MDF :)

For safety reasons anything that weighs more than 10lbs must pass a safety approval and be installed by CE, so I worked to make this as light as possible... and let me tell you that this thing is LIGHT (5lbs 13 oz) and will be easily held up by simple screw in hooks.

The hard work (programing and cleaning up the patch to make it usable) has already been done so if I get any future similar projects they should be much faster than the time this one took (design to final project approx 8 hours including finish time) Total actual carve time on the machine was 1hr 30 mins.

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Lawrence

On a side note concerning sidewalk paths-- one guy on the carvewright forum makes a good profit making custom concrete forms on the carvewright... they carve the pattern/business name etc in reverse on foam and then spray the foam with a sealer and then pam (for easier removal) and then mould concrete with it. The form is good for one use only, but it evidently works quite well... I keep discovering uses for the carvewright that I'd never even dreamed of....
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but it looks like an Eagle :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:


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the it turned out really nice Lawrence, your tool should pay for itself fairly soon yes?

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Nice bench!

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Nice bench!


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Mango wrote:
but it looks like an Eagle :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:


:D


the it turned out really nice Lawrence, your tool should pay for itself fairly soon yes?


An eagle IS a raptor.

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Sean McNulty wrote:
Mango wrote:
but it looks like an Eagle :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:





the it turned out really nice Lawrence, your tool should pay for itself fairly soon yes?


An eagle IS a raptor.



I know....





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See "I know this is a Raptor"


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See "I know this is a raptor"



I did not know an eagle was one too
aside it is still a nice bench :D

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well thanks guys... I appreciate the comments. I think I'm going to have to turn my sign into a bench though ;)

Rockfish, I got it (and gloated) in April... I LOVE IT- and can't believe how easy it is to use

Thanks again... it is very strange to go out to the shop and have no ongoing projects.... I am officially "between projects"

Lawrence

ps- when I first moved into the squadron I thought the same thing as Mango..."raptor, but that's an eagle" so I looked it up and discovered that sean is correct and that eagles are in fact raptors. I'm not really sure why they chose raptors though as we don't fly raptors, we fly hercs and our historic squadron flew Aardvarks. Oh well, I've stopped trying to figure out some of the things we do in the military and just salute smartly and press on :)


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Nice sign!

How do you attach wings to Aardvarks? Must be hard! :D


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JohnT wrote:
Nice sign!

How do you attach wings to Aardvarks? Must be hard! :D


C'mon John

http://www.octanecreative.com/tobi/dtguys.html

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Nice sign and great job with the paint. It looks just like ganet. 8)

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