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Old 06-07-2018, 05:56 PM
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First "real" work summary...

The learning curve continues, but at least I can say that I've created a few actual, usable things with Ms. Stinger so far. My logical starting point was small signs as that is one kind of work I intend to produce for a few shekels from time to time. For my learning and experimentation, did the designs on the CNC control computer so I could stand there and undo mist-, err...design choices...and make things work correctly. I wanted to be a lot farther along, but some family things came up and those had to take precidence.

Round one was some basic wooden signs the days right after I got the lovely yellow monster turned up, where each iteration added something to the mix.



Round two just prior to Aspire Camp was a prototype shop logo cut in MDF



Round three started right after Aspire Camp when I was fortunate to bring home some nice Corian samples to play with...cementing the idea that this is a material I'll likely be working with a lot for some product type things I plan on offering. So this exercise included making a few small signs that were needed for our home.



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Old 06-07-2018, 05:57 PM
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Last week, Professor Dr. SWMBO's honeybees airmailed me an order for their very own sign to be a-buzz about. Who am I to refuse an order? And the colony queens said I was a honey for making it...





A few weeks ago, on my way back north from Central Florida, I stopped in Richmond at a friend's shop and pretty much filled the back of my Grand Cherokee with HDU scraps. My first cut on that material (which I also like) was this simple house number sign that I completed today.



Progress will hopefully continue now that I have things mostly settled on the family matter and I can get shop time daily. I know this kind of stuff isn't terribly exciting, but we have to start somewhere!
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:19 PM
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You've been busy. They look good. Glad you're enjoying the new machine.
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Old 06-07-2018, 07:57 PM
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Looking great.
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Old 06-07-2018, 09:53 PM
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Happy for you Jim! It’s looking great as I would have expected from you. I think you will become one of the greats.
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:08 PM
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Thanks for the kind comments. I'm soon to embark on taking all the stuff I did there and leveraging that for something a little larger and more complex for my "portfolio". THAT should be fun!!
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Old 06-07-2018, 10:29 PM
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The honey bees at work is my favorite! Nice work, Jim
Of course, I am a tad biased on “yellow things”
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Old 06-08-2018, 10:14 AM
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Yea, I really like how the honey bees sign turned out and am thankful to Keith for the nice piece of yellow Corian it was made from. The learning experience from that one was that the graphic didn't come out well using a VCarve tool path, but switching to a profile "on the line" where I could control depth fixed that. Detail was completely lost with the VCarve tool path.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:02 AM
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Jim ...may I offer a wee bit of advice? Purchase a few fonts made specifically for signs. Used properly, and appropriately, they make all the difference.
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Old 06-08-2018, 11:14 AM
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Jim ...may I offer a wee bit of advice? Purchase a few fonts made specifically for signs. Used properly, and appropriately, they make all the difference.
Yes, that's on my agenda...I need to be "targeted" on that because the money-pot is getting thin, but absolutely understand the value. Back in my "DTP" days, I was a font hoarder for sure! Sadly, I lost most of that stuff years ago and don't have the documentation to re-acquire without re-purchase. But to your point, sign-specific fonts are what I need going forward.
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Festool "a good collection"
Stubby - lathe
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