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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 5 You already get GRAPHICS PRO magazine. But are you missing out on more? Get more and sign up for The Daily eNewsletter for valuable content that will help your business thrive, including: • Technique-focused tips and tricks • Design and software guidance • Business management know-how • Current news on continuing education and trends in the industry • The GRAPHICS PRO Files podcast • And so much more! Sign up for FREE by scanning this QR code! You can also call us at 1-800-775-0424 to verify your email address, or go to cut-to-length boards were sealed with reg- ular Thompson's WaterSeal. This product was painted on both sides of each board, and the ends and edges too. Then it was allowed to dry a day or two. After that, two large furniture clamps were used to pull the boards together snugly, and the straps were put in place and holes drilled. Sliding one end off the edge of the worktable allowed ac- cess to the back of the sign to secure the matching strap in place, sandwiching the boards together and tightening the nuts firmly. Once the sign itself was solidly assem- bled, our plotter-drawn paper pattern was used to locate each metal letter or logo part, and small pilot holes were drilled to about a 1/2" deep. The pattern was removed in pieces as the parts were per- manently screwed in place with the screws that had been powder coated to match. FINAL TOUCHES The assembly of this type of sign takes a bit of time but is simple if using a pattern. The modified eye screws were put in place at the top, with the top strap bolt going through their modified ends. Lastly, the notches where they fit, though concealed by the straps, were filled in with clear five- minute epoxy. Since we were not contracted to install the sign, the final step was simply to give the customer a call. Even though his loca- tion was about an hour and a half away, he was standing in our shop in less than two hours. I guess he really wanted that sign! He did send us a final, on-location pho- tograph, and from all indications is a pret- ty happy camper. Who knows, maybe the next time we deal with this client it may be 20 years from now and his son might be the one looking for another cedar ranch sign. But at 66 years old, and 48 years in this business, I'm pretty sure I won't be the one to build it! GP RICK WILLIAMS owns Rick's Sign Company, a commercial sign shop in Longview, Texas. He has been in the sign industry since 1973 and has been a contributing editor to Sign Business and Sign & Digital Graphics since 1986. Contact Rick via email at

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