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    Boredom busting busy work....

    Hi folks!

    Things are TOUGH here in the Great Lakes State. Work has been pretty much non-existent lately and I was sick of sitting around worrying about where my next work was coming from so I decided to use up some scrap I had laying around and do something constructive.

    A few years ago I bought a vinyl cutter to do some sign work on the side. I've used it quite a bit and it's a really nice thing to have. It's even come in handy because I've been doing custom decals for the members of another site that I'm a member of. One problem I had though was a work station. I have had the cutter set up on top of a sink base cabinet that I bought cheap at the BORG. It worked OK but was too tall. I used to keep my printer on the shelf inside but it wasn't very efficient because I had nowhere to store my vinyl stock. For years I've had rolls standing on end in the closet. They get in the way all the time and they're a pain. Well I did some brainstorming and solved both problems with one quick and easy project. I made a new stand for the cutter which is a better height and it also allows me to store twelve rolls of vinyl directly beneath the cutter. This way it takes up less space and keeps the vinyl from getting damaged. The good part is that I had almost everything I needed already sitting around. I was going to use 1/2" hardwood dowels for the rods but I had a scrap piece of 1/2" thin wall conduit that worked great. I just had to pick up a couple more ten footers and cut them to length and I was good to go. The conduit was much cheaper than the dowels too. Less than four bucks for enough to do the job and twelve dowels would have cost about a buck and a half a piece.

    Anyway, I got it all set up and ready to go and can't wait to start using it. I think things will be much easier now. I only wish I'd done this a long time ago. Here are a couple pics....





    At least it gave me something to do for a few hours to get my mind off of this LOUSY economy!

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Looks great, and functional!

    Of course, now that you have a place to store 12 rolls of vinyl, you know that you will need 13
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    great idea. my whole day is trying to say busy
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    Cool Idea John. Since you regular business is slow why not put the vinyl cutter to work cutting letters for A frame signs. Put an add on Craigs list for "A" frames for business. a sheet of 1/2" MDO can make 3 - 24x32 A frame signs. Paint it white. You can get the the hindge handles online for less then $10 each. They sell for $180-$200 per sign not a bad ROI and all businesses need to advertise. Car dealers, real estate companies, stores, resturants, they all need signs. Also businesses need window vinyl for advertising also. If I can give you any information send me a PM. I know you mentined that you bought it to do sign work on the side, so maybe a refocus on that aspect might help.
    Last edited by Don Baer; 02-16-2010 at 05:01 PM.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Yeah that could work. Actually I bought the cutter not long after I bought a new truck and cargo trailer. I wanted to get some signage for both. I was shocked when I saw what the sign shop wanted to do a simple one color sign for the trailer and truck. I was able to do some nice THREE color matching signs for the truck and trailer for very little money. I've done a lot of custom decal work for that other site and even boat graphics. Just those two other areas have paid for the machine! If the home improvement business doesn't pick up soon, I'll have to check into some other alternatives.

    Thanks for the input!

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Glad I could help. I was in the sign business for a while and know quite a bit about it. Everything from window graphics to large lighted signs so If I can help just let me know.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Oh John, another idea is banners, you can buy the banner material already grommeted or get a grommeter. put he vinyl graphics on it and theyt are also very profitable. Businesses always need signs. When tey are going to open they need em to say comming soon. When they are open they need em to say now open. while they are in business they need to constantkly advertise. When they are ready to close their doors, they need goiing out of business signs..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Yep, banners are easy to do. I've got a source for pre-made banners in standard sizes. I can also order custom sizes for a reasonable cost. I've made a couple and they look great when done and are very easy to do with vinyl.

    In Michigan I should be able to do a landslide business in "Going out of business" banners. Around here it's getting really close to the old "Last one leaving Michigan please turn out the lights".

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

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    Well John,
    were I in your shoes, I'd make up a bunch of core plast signs telling folks that you make signs etc with your phone number on it. Put em out on the busy street and at maybe, just maybe they call you. Remember, a business with no sign, is a sign of no business.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    Boredom busting busy work....

    "A business with no sign is a sign of no business"

    Now where have I heard/read that before?

    I was born in the sign business, and still do some.

    Aloha, Tony
    "You got to learn from the mistakes of others. You won't live long enough to make them all yourself". (Author unknown)

    "Time flies like..... an arrow,,,Fruit flies like..... a banana." Groucho Marx

    Ah,,,to live in Paradise!

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