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It's good to have a network of friends you can lean on.....

I was talking with a friend who manages a water jet company. We got to talking about my sign making efforts and how I use carbon paper to transfer images and words. He asked me what my favorite fonts were and what sizes.

I told him "Cooper Black" in 1" and 2" tall letters. He looked them up in his program and asked if this was the font. "Yep," I said. He didn't have my other choice, "Pointedly Mad" for western style letters.

About 3 days later he calls me and says come by the shop. When I get there he provides me with a 1" set of letters and a 2" set of letters! They are made using 1/8" thick stainless steel......from his scrap bin. OH YEAH!!! Laying out my signs just got easier, quicker and more consistent!

FYI: He told me those two sets would have cost me about $150 each if he hadn't known me.

It's good to have a network of friends you can lean on.....especially one with a waterjet and scrap metal!
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Hmmmm, I've got customers that have water jets. Shoot, most of my customers do!! Might have to work out a trade... Good deal Frank!!
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Lee, the 1/8" thickness might be a bit much. I'll know better when I get to use them. But I bet they won't move when I spray them!

One thing I'm not going to do (or at least I don't think I will) is deburr the backside of the letters. When I paint them I doubt it will make a difference. But, keeping the burr on the back side will make it easy for me to orientate them face up......burr side down means front side up.

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That's awesome Frank. Will the burr side down scratch the wood?

That sure beats the cheap plastic available on the market today.

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Ray, the burrs are on the edges only. And since I will be cutting inset or outset letters it really won't matter.....or at least I don't think it will. The burrs are not big.....more like a small jagged ridge around the edges. I have not actually used them yet.

The beauty is I can drop them into a can of thinner to soak and clean them.

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