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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Default Someone is eating my sign

Back in 2012 I made a post showing how I made a sign with an unusual technique. (Sign Challenge) It lasted well and since it is styrofoam has been basically impervious to weather. However, it isn't impervious to critters and something (I suspect birds) has been chewing on it.

That means it was time to make a new one and I decided this one should be routed wood. Since I've been watching a lot of videos by Dave's Signs on YouTube (Oldave100) with tons of excellent video tips on sign making by Eric and Dave Rhoten, I decided to try their techniques. This is the result.

As usual, for those playing along at home, the attached pdf walks you through the steps of how I went about transferring the sign pattern to the wood, shows the router bits used, and has a quick bonus project which used another bit.

By the way, I ordered one of Dave's Signs baseplates for the Dewalt 611 and received it in 3 days. Excellent quality and excellent service — just like all their videos.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 11:56 AM
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thanks Oliver...
really useful...

but gots the same issue...


This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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I think Stick has a better quality of critter at his place.

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Great tutorial, great sign.

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Oliver; there was a discussion a couple of weeks back about the sign foam deteriorating. CORAFOAM was introduced as the new go-to product.
That effect that you pictured is exactly what we experienced up here with the Royal Canadian Legion signage. Each letter was a separate 12" high piece. It all got restored by volunteer labour but what a nightmare!
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Oliver I started laughing the moment I read the title. Nice work on the new sign.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Looks like my daughters English Staffordshire Terrier has visited you place. Looks suspiciously like her nibble marks on the daughters door trim.


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Excellent work! The pdf file was great, too. I follow the teachings of Dave and Eric as well. The bits you mentioned, and a 45° deg. bevel are about the only bits I use on my signs.

I'm gonna make one with my Dachshund's profile.

Thanks for the idea, Oliver!!
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Styrofoam will dry out in the weather and get brittle. God with wood and make sure it has plenty of a good outdoor finish. My next guess would be squirrels.

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Oliver ~ Your posts are always inspiring. Tell us more about how you use your DeWalt 611. Do you use it in a fixed mode or do you also use it in a plunge mode? Not sure if you have the full kit.


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