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Four more signs I have made. The easy part is done painting them is going to test my painting skills and how to paint them. I hope they are okay the back ground is made with an old bolt with grooves cut in as a punch and I use a small hacksaw to make a pattern. Which I made a few difference ones a couple years ago. I decided to use one of them on my sign making. The punchers I are a heart, diamond, stars and a few others.



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Seems I'm not the only one that doesn't particularly care for finishing. I'll cut and assemble all day but the finishing part always leaves me dreading it. My push, you can't move on to the next till it's finished. Just need to convince my wife that finishing is the very best part and I saved it for her. Yeah, I don't see that as a successful tactic.....Maybe if I make something other than for the shop it will inspire me.

Great looking signs though! What are their actual size?
 

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Graham, It must have taken some time doing your punch work. I saw a large cabinet at an antique store that must have been once a display at a department store. It was about 10' long and 8'tall with intricate carvings and detailed punch work. They were accepting offers over $23,000.
 

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Very nice work, Graham.
 

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My way of painting signs may work for you although my signs are not as detailed as yours.
First I spray a coat of clear finish to the whole sign, this is to stop bleeding.
Then paint the low parts making sure I have a good coat and don't worry if you go over the edge.
A trip through the drum sander cleans up all the high bits ready for a run over using a foam roller with very little paint.
 

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Hi Gary,
The signs are 500mm long x 140mm wide it takes about hour an half to punch them out. That is because I had use a large nail file point down to use in where I can't get with the punch. The punchers are good because I don't have to worry about the uneven spots that the router bits leaves.

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Hi Steve,
The hardest part of painting these signs is where to paint and what to leave plain. Those signs measure at 500mm long by 140mm wide. I have to do it all myself so I have to convince myself to finish them for new tool for the work shop. Thank you for your compliment. I will have some more coming soon.

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Hi Rick,
Thanks for the compliment. Working out the shape of the last it took a bit of time how I do it.

Graham.
The font looks beautiful,but also very intricate. I could see the potential for a piece breaking off, but I don’t own one so I don’t know first hand . I’m assuming certain woods may be better suited for fine detail ?
 
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