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Mort 12-28-2013 12:50 PM

I Wood-Worked!
It's a miracle! Using only a pencil, a handheld router, and a chop saw, I made my wife one of those sign posts like on M*A*S*H.

I was surprised at how easy it was to use the router, since I've never done it before. I think maybe I want to make a topper piece, maybe a globe with the saying "Wherever you go, there you are."

Mort 12-28-2013 12:52 PM

Also, what would be the best way to anchor it into the ground? Just dig a hole and sink it into some Quikrete? It won't be until spring that I do that anyway, ground is frozen solid.

gma2rjc 12-28-2013 01:43 PM

Nice job Mort!

I like the idea of the globe on top saying, "Wherever you go, there you are."

I also like the way you shaped the top of the board with the pegs. It looks like a silhouette of the mountains.

Mort 12-28-2013 01:51 PM

Yeah, that's a coat rack I made on a whim. I used my M-I-L's scroll saw, which is also a tool that's easier to use than I imagined it would be. A scroll saw is on my need-to-get list, since I figured out I really like doing stuff like that.

oh'mike 12-28-2013 02:45 PM

Nice sign! If the post is to short to bury --dig the hole---fill the hole with concrete and embed two long steel binding plates---set the post between the binding plates and bolt the sign--

Making things out of wood sure is fun for me----

TheBobmanNH 12-30-2013 09:26 AM

Did you just freehand the "words" with the router?

Mort 12-31-2013 03:02 PM

Yeah I did. My brother-in-law used to have the letters, but he sold them in a garage sale.

TheBobmanNH 01-03-2014 11:00 AM

Nice. Just asking because I got a router for Christmas and would liek to make one of these signs. :)

Mort 01-03-2014 12:58 PM

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It was a lot easier than I was expecting.

Here's another one I did for my mom's friend, who spends a lot of time in Hawaii. I'm going to get a lei and wind it around the remains of a wire hanger on the top to hang it up individually.

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I need to fix my Dremel so I can sand the inside of the letters a bit better. The turtle interior was a bit rough as well. It's a good 10 foot job at least.

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