We’re always impressed when we see a sign utilizing so many different materials and we’re really excited about this one. Tom Slade, owner of Moosehead Sign, whom you may remember from our previous blog post: The Maine Signcrafter, made this sign for the Maine Air National Guard base in Bangor, ME.
Consisting of Precision Board Plus, .040 aluminum, vinyl and MDO, this sign has many of the Earth’s elements incorporated into it. Tom started this project out by taking a 4′ x 8′ sheet of .040 aluminum and bending it with a sheet metal brake, forming it into what he calls a “pan face” sign base. Using his Gerber Edge digital printer, he printed out the eye-catching background onto a piece of vinyl and applied it to the aluminum background.
Next, Tom cut out the “Starbase” letters on his Sabre CNC router out of Precision Board Plus PBLT-15. Once finished cutting he used a hand-router to bullnose the edges of the letters and hand tools to spot-check any rough areas. The letters were then mounted onto 1/2″ MDO using PB Bond-240. Tom uses Behr latex paints to finish his signs, followed by clearcoat for an ultra-smooth finish.
The “Starbase” letters were mounted to aluminum by screwing into the MDO from the back of the aluminum base. It all came together into one sharp looking sign. For more info and pictures from Moosehead Sign, please visit: http://www.mooseheadsigns.com.
The Starbase program is a Department of Defense program designed for elementary school students, primarily 5th graders. They are typically students who live in inner cities or rural locations and are socio-economically disadvantaged, low in academic performance or have a disability. See more info at: http://www.dodstarbase.org.