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Thanks to Ken, the sign that's going to my co-worker is finally ready to be delivered. For reasons unknown, it took six coats of poly before the wood stopped sucking it up like a drunk sucking up highballs I've had it happen with old wood, but this is new wood. I don't know, but it's at least done.

This was the second one I cut like this. The first one, I wasn't happy with how the lettering came out. I didn't want it smooth, I wanted texture, so I re-cut it and this is the end result. Had the other one not gotten gouged, it was going to have a chamfered edge, and put up for sale. With the idea Mike showed me, it still may. We'll see what I can do this weekend.
 

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Hey Barb you are back in the groove again. That is what makes you better is fixing the unsuspecting booboo's that happen so fast. I make them too,and then fix them so they look intentional, and people compliment you on the uniqueness,

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Thank you. Unfortunately, Herb, the one that got gouged still sits to the side. This is the second sign, that I had cut only because I wasn't happy with the way the lettering turned out with the first one. I hope to play around with the other one this weekend when they say our temps might get higher than the teens. I'll post the result. If it works, I'll owe Mike a pan of brownies :lol:
 

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Thanks everyone Having issues with the wood on the other ones I cut Sunday evening with the ink/paint bleeding. Gotta find out what Ken and I are doing differently that's making it difficult.
 
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Barb,
A coat of sealer or poly applied before the color will reduce the tendency to bleed. I've also done the carving/routing first and then applied the finish to the carved areas. Then sanded the whole face of the work, followed by the final clear finish over the whole piece. If any bleeding occurs the final face sanding usually removes it.

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@OutoftheWoodwork I did a very similar thing with my most recent project. I was routing the radius edge on the rabbet plane I just made and the bearing dove into the hole where the plane blade goes. It made a complete circular cut in the side of the plane. It was ruined at first thought. I thought about it for awhile and came up with a way to repair it. I took a forstner bit and smoothed up the bottom of the booboo and made a disc and inlaid it into the recess. Then I put my bug in there and everyone thought it was supposed to be there.

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Barb.........was it by any chance the "white wood" that some of the big box stores sell? I've had a couple of experiences with that stuff being awfully thirsty.
 

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Barb.........was it by any chance the "white wood" that some of the big box stores sell? I've had a couple of experiences with that stuff being awfully thirsty.
No, this is cedar. I stopped using the "white wood" (cheap pine) and went with the more premium when I do, in fact, use pine. Two reasons: less knots, and nicer grains.

Hoping to create a few cork boards this upcoming summer, like I did years ago. Only this time, using a router, they won't take hours on end to complete (the average took four (4) or more). I just ran into a couple of them I did so long ago (roughly 2001 or so) and told Ken I think I'd like to do some of them again, now that I use the router.
 

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Graham, here's two I did when I first started woodworking. I did them with a Black & Decker Rotary Tool. I can't wait to tackle these with my router :grin:
 

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Hi Barb,
Very nice work. Gee you are pretty good at what you do. I love seeing your work keep up your great signs coming.
I am looking forward seeing your next ones. If you did these with a rotary tool it will be a piece of cake with a router.
You will have no trouble doing it with a router. I have seen a lot of your work so you will have know trouble with these.
Cannot wait and see them. Keep up good work.

Graham
 
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