With the big features now largely completed it is time to move to the next phase of the WhistlePunk Hollow Adventure Golf project. And that would be the signs, which are routed from Precision Board of course. During our recent workshop one of the re-occuring questions was in regard to the framework of structure in our signs. Precision Board is a wonderful material in so many respects but it needs a little boost as far as structural and mounting.
I’ll be using two types of structure and internal support in this series of signs so I decided to share how we typically do this in our shop. The signs are relatively small so the structure will reflect that.
The signs were designed in EnRoute as always. Here’s that process. I typed out the numbers and lettering in my own font called ‘quick draw’ (font is available at www.letterheadfonts.com ) I then drew out the sign shapes using the draw tool in EnRoute. For the small signs I only drew three shapes. I’ll make six of each to get the 18 signs I need.
I then created plain flat reliefs as a starting point.
I then imported the sandblasted wood grain bitmap from the TEXTURE MAGIC Collection This was enlarged and then I placed each sign relief on a section I liked and then applied the bitmaps to create the woodgrain texture.
The lettering and numbers received our usual border which was then was made into a flat relief This was merged highest with the backgrounds.
Lastly a slightly domed letter was added to the relief.
After the signs were cut I inserted the 304″ plywood as I glued up the signs. This meant our mounting screws would have sturdy material to bit into instead of the HDU which does not hold crews super well.
Once the glue was dried I used my die grinder to quickly add some detail to the edges of the sign. Then it was time for paint.