Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sign making in wood

we have done a bit of sign work in the past but I have never thought of it as
a regular Item, then word gets around and now and again we get the special orders.

A sign made from teak becomes two things, interesting and of course, expensive but check the result, a sign is supposed to say something, I think this one does.

This is what all the work was about, there are so many stages in the work.

Dudley's old wooden jack plane,it must be around eighty (80) years old, maybe older? I call it the Whistler, as that's the sound it makes as it shave's off wood, the blade is a forged steel bi-metal construction, made in Scotland.

Application of the phenolic glue, it is important to do both sides and do them well.

 This special glue is a stock item for us.

The two teak planks are now jointed,glued and clamped,it will be a day or two before the clamps are removed.

Joint and join the wood, its near invisible, I did that with Dudley Middletons old wood jack plane.

 The joint line has a 6mm marine ply strip in it, the glue of choice is phenolic, the same glue used on the marine ply.

The CNC work was done by Nigel, he really does do a great job.

Twin pack primer, sprayed on with a low pressure gun.

The paint process takes a number of hours and many stages. First is to fill any small holes,then a light sanding. The primer is next and at least four coats were applied, just like the finish coats, the primer is a twin pack paint.

It sanded up well but teaks nice to work with.

The finished sign, ready to hang and display today! I will add a picture of the sign mounted when I have it.

I hope this series of pictures explains the method and allows you to understand what the long process is.


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