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Menard's had a sale on 1 x 6 x 4' glued up oak boards for under $5. I got 40 of them. Cut in half and glued together - this didn't come out all bad. Price was right.



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Great looking sign and a good deal on the oak. I wish we had a Menard's.
 

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These are being discontinued- - I'm watching the supply number on the net - - when it gets down below 100 I'm going to go in and ask the manager for a price to clean em all out -- there are several with split ends that have been put aside, but those few inches can be cut off. May or may not work.

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Looks really neat like that John . Great idea gluing up a bunch of pieces like that , makes for a nice effect
 

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I'm wondering , how much of a pain is it to paint the letters?
 

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It's easy to use black spray paint on them and sand it off the face after it dries. :D
I tried using the spray and sand on oak once before and it was a PAIN. Oak is too porous and rough and doesn't all sand out clean unless you go down really deep. Doesn't take much to paint the letters semi careful and then just use the orbital sander and/or a dust mop to clean it all up. Uses less paint this way, too. And doesn't take much time, unless you carve half a book like Edison did.

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I use sanding sealer on my Oak and Pine boards.
Apply it before you do anything else with the lumber.

Then layout, carve, paint, sand and seal.
 

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Frank,

Is that a brush on thing? Does it screw up the staining at all?

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Didn't come out too bad??? I'll say...that's first class.

I bet the manager will cut you a deal on the rest of the boards, why wouldn't he? One transaction, gone. He should be happy.

I bought a stack of sandpaper 3 feet high in '90. Got the whole shebang at .15 cents on the dollar. Down to my last couple hundred sheets or so.
 

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Frank,

Is that a brush on thing? Does it screw up the staining at all?

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John, I have never used spray on sanding sealer. I brush it on when I get my wood. When it dries I layout the sign, carve, paint, sand and finish. When you sand the face you are removing the sealer. At least it works that way for me.
 

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Was that freehand?

Of Course not. I can barely write my name so its legible or draw a straight line with a ruler, let alone do something like this. Thanx for the compliment.

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Of Course not. I can barely write my name so its legible or draw a straight line with a ruler, l

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I thought I had the monopoly on that...
 
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