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Step by step driveway sign 26 Apr 2016 14:31 #1

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Not finished but close. Last thing to add is a vulture clutching on one of the tree branches. But here where it's at to date.
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Step by step driveway sign 26 Apr 2016 14:35 #2

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The others until its finished and installed
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Step by step driveway sign 26 Apr 2016 15:32 #3

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looks great Bob.

Step by step driveway sign 26 Apr 2016 15:39 #4

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You infected me Jim with your ridiculous 3D ideas and creations :o Heaven only knows what's next?
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Step by step driveway sign 26 Apr 2016 15:55 #5

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Infection is a great word for it.... :)

Step by step driveway sign 27 Apr 2016 21:04 #6

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Very nice Bob, and I envy your nice clean shop. Somehow I can't keep mine like that.
Someday every things gonna be different... When I paint my masterpiece

Step by step driveway sign 28 Apr 2016 11:20 #7

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Also the nifty paint booth and paint mixing system. I had a bodyshop restoring C2 Corvettes for 25 years and that looks very familiar. The mixing system saved a ton of money on automotive paints. Gene

Step by step driveway sign 28 Apr 2016 12:20 #8

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Thanks guys. My pet peeve is keeping everything clean. I tell my guys when I hire them within the first five minutes that I will fire them if they are slobs and don't take care of my tools. It's an effective means of getting my point across. Besides, they're being paid so cleaning is part of their job description. B)

I like to give first time clients the guided tour of the shop. It's 20k s.f. so I like to make a good impression when they see what we do. It helps put us in a league all our own when being compared to the local competition.

And Gene, the Matthews system is wonderful. The booth is necessary when spraying most of our work.

Step by step driveway sign 30 Apr 2016 07:25 #9

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Love the sign Bob! :nana:

What can you tell me about the foam you used? I'd love to try it for my shop...

Mike

Step by step driveway sign 02 May 2016 07:13 #10

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Mike we used the window door insulation foam that comes in a can from Home Depot. It's easy to carve and was just to get the rough shape. Then we followed up with a couple of heavy coats of StyroSpray. That is what gives it its rigidity.
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Step by step driveway sign 02 May 2016 08:13 #11

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Bob,

That's what it looked like but I wanted to be sure. I'm doing my new shop in an enchanted forest kind of theme, using my leftover blue foam for a lot of it but small branches will be a lot easier your way! I've used StyroSpray before but had issues with it peeling off... I'll give it another try as any peeling would actually look pretty good with what I have in mind!

Mike

Step by step driveway sign 02 May 2016 08:19 #12

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you can also buy the pro foam cans that use a dispensing gun on amazon. It dries faster than the home depot stuff. I don't know that it works any better, but its another option.

We also use styro spray. Another option is smooth on's free form habitat black. Its super runny and can be mixed in a folding powder to get the viscosity you are looking for. It makes a hard as steel hard coat.

Bob..... that thing turned out amazing. I want to see pics installed!!!
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Step by step driveway sign 02 May 2016 09:27 #13

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Count on install pics Jim. That's going to be a huge part of it. I still have one small piece left to do before we install, the vulture. I'm stalling on the install because I want to keep it on display in the showroom for a little while. Every new customer that has walked through the door has been stunned to see it. Good advertising piece for sure.

I guess I'll have to come up with a dedicated 3D piece to keep for a showroom display. I've always said you can't sell it if you can't show it. Nothing like the real thing instead of a photo.
These are two that I'm considering when I get around to it. I came up with these for a fictitious design challenge on Signs 101 a couple of years back.
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Step by step driveway sign 02 May 2016 10:04 #14

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I like the one with the wood sign. That will be an eye catcher!!!!

Step by step driveway sign 15 Jun 2016 13:07 #15

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Finally got around to carving the vulture. Now we just have to paint it and do the final install.
I should also add that this was carved on Annies machine and it's so much faster than our old one with the added benefit of the tool changer.
I think the total machine time was about an hour or less?
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Step by step driveway sign 01 Aug 2016 12:50 #16

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Vulture is painted and attached. Poured the concrete footer this morning and will install next week after the concrete has time to cure.
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Step by step driveway sign 05 Aug 2016 15:44 #17

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looking good Bob!
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