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    The Ark 1808

    For many years my family has attended many events at Monadnock Bible Conference in Jaffery, New Hampshire.

    We grew close to the staff there. My kids were both staff members at different times. My son lived and worked there for several years.

    The main building was build in 1808 as an Inn and eatery. Monadnock Bible Conference bought it in 1965 and has been operating there since.

    The main building was named The Ark a way long long time ago - way long ago before it was bought in 1965.

    There was a sign "The Ark" on the property and stayed as the name all along the way. Everyone knew the main building as "the Ark"

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    These are two pictures of the Ark on Dublin Rd.


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    This is a picture I took of the sign before it was stolen
    It is a painted sign
    Oh Yeah - Try to find THAT font

    In late 2012 the sign --- "went missing"


    I called the staff and told them I would make a sign to replace the "missing" sign.
    Of course I will NOT take any money from them for this.

    True to my nature I have procrastinated for far too long.

    They recently asked me if I was still going to do it for them.
    They are celebrating a 50-th anniversary this year.
    Sooo - I need to get this done as well as the New Bedford sign.


    I have already done 80% of the work on it, so I will post the progress from design to completion and delivery and installation.

    This is now on my workbench and will be in process this weekend.

    The New Bedford sign is also in the works - so I will be posting progress on both at the same time.

    Unfortunately - the home remodeling will be in a ____ s - l - o - w ____ m - o - t - i - o - n ___ mode.


    Sooooooo - yer gonna see Leo at work in the shop now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo Voisine View Post
    ....Sooooooo - yer gonna see Leo at work in the shop now.
    Yahooo! At least one of us is getting something done!

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    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    I've seen that building quite a few times. I've always thought about stopping in and seeing if they have any 18th century furniture around that I could measure out.

    When you deliver it Let me know. I know a nice spot for lunch close by. I could meet up with you.
    Faith, Hope & Charity

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    Lunch sounds great - but they have nothing resembling period furniture.

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    Some Design Work on the Ark

    Well, Like I said I have done a lot of work on this one already - so - I only need to post some of the stages.

    Sorry - I don't have any videos on this project - only stills. I will work on some videos when we get to the stuff I have not done yet.

    In a previous post I showed a picture of the sign. WOW - lucky to have it. Few few people have a straight on close up of a sign. People look at me funny when I take those shots. Pays sometimes.

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    I am lucky enough to have a dual monitor setup - so I put the picture of the sign on the right and I did my work on the left.

    There are several methods to trace the JPG image to get vectors. I choose the hardest way - I zoom in and manually trace. When zoomed in - it is sometimes difficult to see what you are looking at - so the picture on the right is quite helpful.

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    Once I have all the vectors and get them cleaned up - even - symmetrical smooth, and looking like I need them to look - I can continue.

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    I then can create a 3D model using some of the features in Aspire. Sorry, Desktop or V-Carve Pro does not have these features, neither does ArtCam Express. Desktop DOES have the ability to make prismatic letters, but via standard windows fonts. My process is very different from that process.

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    Each of the individual characters is created into a 3D model. There are many options as to how to create the model, but I opted for a prismatic topped letter.

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    This is what the sign will look like.

    It will have a border - but there was no reason for me to model a border. It is not going to be CNC made. If I were going to make a preview for a customer to sign off in approval I would have created a border - just for show.

    More to come

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    Didn't realize you were doing raised letters, that adds a whole other level of complexity to this project.
    Darren

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    It's really interesting to see the processes you use, Leo!
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    Beyond the Design Computer

    YES - I do actually DO stuff in the shop.

    It really starts in Design before I can go out to the shop.

    I want this sign to be lasting 150 years - so material selection is important.

    Sorry - there is NO wood in this sign.

    I do love wood but not on a sign - at least not on an exterior sign that I want to last 150 years.

    The letters are PVC. Like the PVC trim you cam buy at the Borg - you can also buy it in 4x8 sheets. It's a GREAT sign material and less expensive than HDU, but more durable. Everything has it's place.

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    I fit all the letters into a 13 x 24 x 1" piece of PVC. This is what is called nesting. I actually got the letters to fit tighter manually than the automatic nesting did.

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    This is the full sheet on the machine.

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    I had more than a little bit of trouble cutting the letters. My machine kept going wacky in me. I had to several over again and I still have one squigly thing to cutout.


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    PVC does have a grain pattern to is and it does need to be sanded. Regular sandpaper and it is easy to sand.

    There is a hole in the "T" that I need to fill - well actually, I already filled it. After painting it will never be known
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    Looks like you're coming along with your project, Leo.

    I've been "practicing" with different materials, including a piece of pvc trim from the borg. I also got some 1/2" hdpe for some brackets and was having lots of trouble until I got some single flute bits. I'm still not satisfied with the quality of cut, but I'll keep plugging away.
    Bill Arnold
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