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Brian Harnett
04-18-2016, 10:42 PM
I am making a set of three signs for our town the ones we have are vinyl on aluminum reflective green.

The wood is hemlock kiln dried and glued up the haves will be glued up with a spline joint for alignment.

The shop bot did the 2d cutouts and text the texturing I am doing by hand.

The small one was a prototype, the fence line I extended and I will tone down the established panel to an off white it pulls to much attention away I think being pure white.




04-19-2016, 01:33 AM
I assume you did not do that with your chainsaw....EXCELLENT work!

04-19-2016, 07:40 AM
Looks great Brian. We have a lot of hemlock around here but I have never used it because it is supposed to hard to work with. Did you find it wanted to rack or fuzz?

04-19-2016, 08:11 AM
I Really like the extended fence and the distortion on right! :)
The hand touches Make it.
NICE Brian!! :)

David Iannone
04-19-2016, 01:42 PM
That looks really good.

Brian Harnett
04-19-2016, 11:02 PM
Bob, Hemlock is hard to work with but holds up really well, it can chip and is prone to ring shake I find that in the boards when ripping the boards for glue up and cut around the shake, I keep the boards around 3 inches and alternate the grain I have signs over ten years old holding up fine.

I do a lot of relief carvings with it, in my experience it holds up a lot better than pine kiln drys fast and does not get moldy.

04-20-2016, 07:23 AM
Nice to see another large wood sign posting. I will have to try some hemlock one of these days. The compression of history often surprises me, only 50 years after your town was formed Wisconsin became a state.

Brian Harnett
05-06-2016, 07:32 PM
Some progress doing a few other jobs so time is scarce.





05-06-2016, 07:57 PM
Kinda loved it without the paint,( but I Love wood)(except bridge need something) and of course you would have lost the fork in the road:)

"I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
Robert Frost
Excellent Craftsmanship!!!
Expect some people to pullover and take a pic:)

Brian Harnett
05-06-2016, 08:57 PM
I like them plain too, but these signs will be seen from a distance all the detail will be lost to all besides pedestrians.

They need some punch for attention.

05-06-2016, 09:16 PM
Size overall? And maybe some of Joe's clad posts?
Still Love the fenceposts and texture.
Flashing LEDS? :) :)
Love the work, wish my Hemlock deck had survived better, but boy nailing green Hemlock will hold a nail till death do us part (or dry rot):)
Local mill stopped cutting Hemlock timbers 12 yrs ago:( and then stopped Cedar.
They MUST like it or they're crazy!
When do your shows start? Been thinking to try to get Dad to drive to one.

Brian Harnett
05-07-2016, 09:20 AM
Scott its 6 foot long 53" tall I am going to make caps for the posts they are pressure treated 4x4s already in, I will spruce it all up don't want to get too fancy.

I will post pictures after installation

05-07-2016, 11:57 AM
Thanks Brian!
Don't see many critters in the shop.

05-07-2016, 12:58 PM
If the 4X4 are already in, head down to the big box store and get some vinyl post covers. Anything is better than a simple green treat 4X4 sticking out of the ground.

Brian Harnett
05-07-2016, 01:46 PM
If the 4X4 are already in, head down to the big box store and get some vinyl post covers. Anything is better than a simple green treat 4X4 sticking out of the ground.

I will chamfer stain and make caps, not hard to dress up a post, plastic would be the last thing I want next to a wood sign.

Scott the critters are in the trailer and kiln we started doing shows last weekend I have to update the event schedule on the webpage.

05-08-2016, 06:52 AM
Brian, I like to see your work!!

05-12-2016, 02:13 AM
great job they look great

Brian Harnett
05-24-2016, 02:12 PM
Installed the first sign today. Made caps for the posts and routed a cove on each corner.

They will be staining the flower box brown.




05-24-2016, 03:05 PM
VERY pleasing to the eye!!
Blends in with the location and environment to well though:(
Maybe some strobe lights and disco balls? :)
Excellent Brian!!

05-24-2016, 09:16 PM
very nice looking sign! I just hope the town "never sinks", lol. :)

05-24-2016, 11:36 PM
Actually I understand it is a reference to what is considered the home of the hardest golf course in the world!!
(Great looking job Brian)

Brian Harnett
05-25-2016, 06:11 AM
This town does have some history most of it was claimed by NYC for the new reservoir system in the 30s the original town is under the neversink and roundout reservoirs. the resivoirs were created by damming up the neversink river and flooding the valleys.

At that time a law was passed to prohibit the sale of alcohol to keep the construction men from drinking, it was just this last year we finally repealed the law after several voting attempts to overturn it and can now buy a beer in the township. I am not originally from here so like most small towns your an outsider until several generations are buried. Its a nice little place with an involved community.

05-25-2016, 06:47 AM
The sign looks right at home in that spot. Blends well with surroundings. Great job.

Brian Harnett
06-15-2016, 07:50 AM
Put the second one in on Monday.




Brian Harnett
06-27-2016, 10:46 PM
3rd and last sign installed.

After I was done routing the posts I stared sanding with my random orbital to smooth things up a contractor pulls up and interrupts me to tell me I am wasting my time sanding nobody will see that close anyway.

I thanked him for his opinion and told him I don't work half assed

Why would someone bother to even do that, I am not wasting his time he did waste mine though.




06-28-2016, 07:07 AM
Some people don't understand:)
(excuse the down and dirty putz)
GOOD work Brian!