June '22

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G R A PH I C S - PR O.C O M 2 0 2 2 J U N E G R A P H I C S P R O 5 3 THE DESIGN The design for these signs is simple enough: a powder-coated oval at the top, metal letters for the text, and metal trim at each end, which appears to hold the three 2" thick treated boards to- gether but is decorative only. Finding good quality treated lum- ber these days is not easy, so it took a personal trip to the lumber yard whose sta does not mind if I search for the best pieces of wood. I was sure to buy more than I needed since I would be trim- ming out bad sections or areas that were especially knotty. In the end, I turned half my treated lumber into scrap and used the other to make the six signs. Each three-board sign had to have simi- larly colored and similarly grained boards, so after the lumber was culled and then cut to the exact right length, the boards were grouped into matching sets. A set of three boards needed to join together, never warp independently, and last virtually forever. If the boards were not securely made into one unit, any random warping could be very damag- ing. An important added step would guarantee each signs integrity, and that was through drilling the boards on their edges and running three pieces of 3/8" diameter threaded rod through the holes as clamps and steel reinforce- ment, adding permanent tension and dimensional stability. After drill press drilling, holes were reamed out by hand with a slightly larger and longer bit. To facilitate permanent threaded rod internal clamps, all boards were drilled on their edges.

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