Doc’s Blue Moose – Hand Carved Precision Board Plus

Todd Hoffman Design, in Winona, MN, recently sent us pictures of an impressive sign they made. You may remember THD from a previous blog, Faster Routing – Proven By THD Design, showcasing the improved router speed they were able to attain using Precision Board Plus. This time they made a hand-carved sign for “Doc’s Blue Moose”, a restaurant in Spring Grove, MN.

Both PBLT-15 and PBLT-30 were used to create “Doc’s Blue Moose”. Many of the pieces were routed to create a rough shape, and then hand-carved to add final detail, culminating in the beautiful sign seen in the pictures. THD Design has been making signs for 15+ years, and are a full-service sign company specializing in “anything that’s fun”, according to Tim Russell, Estimator, Designer and hand-carver. Their website can be viewed at:

Because Precision Board Plus is a closed-cell substrate, doesn’t absorb moisture, and is able to hold up to extreme weather conditions, it is typically the substrate of choice in many states with harsh weather. In fact, one of the first times high-density urethane was ever used was as exterior insulation on the Alaskan Oil Pipeline in 1970, which is still in service.

Here are some pictures of the sign:







Faster Routing – Proven By THD Design

Tim Russell at THD, Inc., or Todd Hoffman Design, sent us pictures of a great sign they routed using Precision Board Plus.

A water-like texture was first routed into PBLT-15, along with the lettering and grass, and it was then painted entirely by hand.  To finish it off, an automotive type clear coat was then applied to protect against UV. Because it was to be a suspended sign, an aluminum backer and supporting aluminum band were added for additional strength. What an impressive finish by THD!

When asked why he prefers working with Precision Board Plus, Tim stated: “I like working with Precision Board Plus because of the ease of machining. When I previously worked with wood, it was slow going when routing it. With Precision Board Plus, our router is running at 800 inches per minute, versus the 300 inches per minute when routing wood.”

Check out other projects by THD, Inc. at: