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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 J U N E G R A P H I C S P R O 2 1 each needs to be consistent as well. If one plank stands out as greatly different from the rest, that is all the human eye will see and likely the text or logo will play sec- ond fiddle. To us, this method of making a custom wood sign is much quicker and less ex- pensive than a sandcarved sign and looks more substantial than a routed sign. The logo and the text would be cut from plate aluminum, and the same aluminum would be used to make a couple pair of metal straps, which would hold the boards tightly together. The plate aluminum did not need to be particularly thick, as nothing would be threaded for studs, so 3/16"-thick mill finish 5052 aluminum was chosen for use for text, logo, and strapping. The straps would be through-bolted using stainless- steel flathead bolts, but the lettering and logo would use simple powder-coated flat- head counter-sunk screws to hold them in place, also made of stainless steel. All metal parts and hardware would be pow- der coated a durable satin black finish. Nothing was painted. After CNC cutting of the metal parts, they were prepped for powder coating. Some small parts had to be daisy chained (wired) together so they would not be lost during the powder-coating process. In fact, both these small logo parts and the smaller letters in this job were tabbed together when they were cut on the wa- terjet so they would not fall between the slats and into the deep blue sea (the 3 feet of muddy water in the bottom of the waterjet). One step in between cutting metal parts and powder coating them was locating all the holes that would be needed in each

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