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“The pastor came in wanting a carved sign,” John says, “so I came up with this. It was all carved from a 4-by-8-ft. sheet of SignFoam HDU board [www.signfoam.com] on a CNC router, then finished with acrylic latex paint.”
Cut vinyl film on 4-by-8-ft. overlaid plywood panel
Digital print on cutout 4-by-8-ft. overlaid plywood panel
Both signs are cut vinyl; the hand plane and the car graphics are digital prints
Vinyl lettering with graphics on logo hand painted with 1 Shot paint [www.1shot.com]; vehicles are digital prints. The logo panel and the vehicles are overlaid plywood cutouts on the 8-by-16-ft. overlaid plywood background.
Digital print on cutout 4-by-8-ft. overlaid plywood panel
4-by-8-ft. router-cut overlaid plywood with a digital print. “The owner wanted a 3D sign but didn’t have the budget for full 3D,” John says, “so I told her we could use CNC cutout overlaid plywood letters to add a little dimension. She sent me a photo of a little pot, and I digitized it in Illustrator then had a digital print made.”
CNC-routed HDU board with texture added using a Dremel tool; letters finished with 23K gold leaf on acrylic latex background
Logo design. John drew the king character then digitized it.
Cut vinyl film on 3-by-5-ft. overlaid plywood sign finished with enamel
Cut vinyl on overlaid plywood finished with enamel
Hand cut vinyl with a fade on the yellow letters done with Krylon spray paint
Digital print on cutout 4-by-4-ft. overlaid plywood panel
Cut vinyl film on 4-by-4-ft. overlaid plywood sign finished with enamel
Cut vinyl film on 4-by-4-ft. overlaid plywood sign finished with enamel
Cut vinyl film
John Deaton

John Deaton of Ages Brookside, Kentucky

By SignCraft Magazine

Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

I do a lot of flat signs with digital print faces. I design them, send them off to be printed. By the time they come back, I have finished an overlaid plywood panel with enamel and I apply the print. I’ve had great luck with them lasting four or five years. When they’re starting to look a little worn or faded, I just send the file off, get in a new print, and it’s done.

I have a friend with a wood fabrication business about 45 miles away who handles my cutting and CNC work. He keeps overlaid plywood and HDU board in stock. If I design a flat sign on a shaped panel, I send him the DXF file of the cutout. The CNC router does a beautiful job, and the print goes right on it perfectly. I hate doing a plain rectangular sign; I usually like to use a shape. It’s just more interesting. It sets the sign apart from all the rectangles out there.

I’m sure customers can see the difference, too.


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