June '21

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2 2 G R A P H I C S P R O J U N E 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M S I G N A G E & P R I N T I N G S H O P T A L K The small stainless flathead screws would fit flush into recesses made by a counter-sink bit. The 1/4"-diameter eyes the sign would swing from were modified with special steel tabs with a single hole. These would reach the top bolt on the straps and be pinned in place. Because small parts and small letters can slip to the bottom of the waterjet tank, elements are tabbed to- gether before cutting begins. Using our pattern, the holes needed in each part are located so as to miss cracks between boards. Here, all the parts are accounted for, drilled, counter- sunk, and ready to go to the powder coating shop. A fiber-type flap wheel was used to remove the small burr from the backs of each part, and the same disk would be used to prep parts for powder coating. Before powder coating, the tiny parts of the cow's head logo were wired together so nothing got lost and all got coated. The boards were ripped down to 6 1/2" wide, and six boards make up the 39" height of the sign. Each board looks like it belongs with the others. The actual powder coating with a satin black finish is the easiest part of the job. Baked in a large over at 400 F, the smooth black finish will last for many years.

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