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Picture of Outdoor Sign Made From Walnut and Cedar
Introduction

If you think it deserves it, don't forget to vote :) This was my real first commissioned "woodworking job", and I was very excited to be provided the opportunity.

I was asked to create an "Old English Pub Style Sign" for an art shop/boutique in Boerne, TX (www.copperdragonfly.net).  They told me the basics of what they wanted [size, 2 different "signs" (one large, one small underneath), look, etc], but really allowed me to "create" it the way I thought would look the best.  After looking at many different types of wood, I decided to make the actual sign out of Walnut, and then use Cedar for the rest (words, border, dragonfly image, etc).  I also knew this would be outside, and take a lot of abuse from the sun and weather, so I had to protect it as much as I could from the elements.
 
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Step 1: Beginning Process

Picture of Beginning Process
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Once I bought all the wood, I then started working on the actual "design".  I went to the computer, and found a font that best matched what was on the companies website/business cards.  I printed out "Copper Dragonfly", cut each word out, spray glued each "paper word" to a piece of cedar, and cut each one out with my scroll saw.  I knew this was going to be a double-sided sign, so the cedar I used for each letter was fairly thick.  Once I had the letters cut out, I then took each one to my band saw and cut them in half.  That way, each side would be 100% identical.
HollyMann1 year ago
This is so beautiful - you are skilled! I hope you are making more - I love seeing your projects..they are all amazing.
taylooooor2 years ago
This is absolutely gorgeous work. I'm a copper artist who lives in Texas and makes dragonflies, so I especially got a kick out of the project. Thanks for the wonderful write up!
HunterWagnerDesigns (author)  taylooooor2 years ago
Haha, nice! Quick question for you then (for my future knowledge with copper)....what is the best way to keep copper from oxidizing? I read that a simple lacquer spray would work, but I just don't see how it would stick to such a smooth surface.

Good luck with your dragonflies! I checked out the video, and it looked pretty cool. I must admit though...the clip AFTER your dragonfly under the bridge was probably my favorite, haha. I kid, I kid!
I was the one working the camera! That was a hard day. Or maybe a better word choice would be 'difficult' :)

I love the natural patina that copper gets, so I haven't experimented too much with trying to keep it shiny. I use wax to fill in the wings on some of my dragonfly pieces, and it seems the wax coating keeps the copper pretty shiny.
if you'd like to see one of my copper dragonflies, check out this youtube video, it makes a brief appearance! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5HHwf9mpIg
Wow, looks great!
pudtiny2 years ago
Great work!
Just wondering instead of cutting you excellent dragonfly up to round the edges whether it could be done with a router bit on a dremel. Just a thought yours looks great anyhow
HunterWagnerDesigns (author)  pudtiny2 years ago
Thanks pudtiny! Yeah, I could have probably done that as well, but unfortunately I don't have a dremel w/ a router bit. Instead, I just took each little piece to the drum sander and rounded the edges that way. I had to make sure I held on to those pieces tight though, cause I had a few fly out of my hand and then had to search for them in my messy garage! haha
Its always fun hunting in the saw dust pile :)
disc sander I meant...not drum sander
sabu.dawdy2 years ago
beautyyy