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04/01/2020 08:26AM
Posted this on the bwca facebook group, but Im so darned excited about it I wanted to share it here as well.

I have been wanting to do this project for quite a while and what better time than while stuck at home hiding from the 'rona?

I don’t have much experience in woodworking and I’m sure there are easier ways to do some of this, but I am extremely happy with how it turned out. It’s now proudly displayed in my garage! I also made a smaller version for somewhere in my house / basement.

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04/01/2020 08:40AM
Very nice BigBear. To me it seems like it turned out near perfect.
04/01/2020 08:54AM
Really nice job... makes me feel like I’m there!
04/01/2020 11:10AM
That is really cool!
04/01/2020 11:22AM
I saw your post on FB and like others am impressed! What size of plywood did you start with? Did you just freehand the writing?

I have some marine plywood in the garage leftover from my oldest's Eagle project and this would be a good way to use a chunk....
member (49)member
04/01/2020 11:31AM

I had a 2x8 chunk of a nice 3/4" maple plywood left over from a bench I made last fall. Its just been taking up space in my garage so I used that.

The larger version of the sign I made is about 3' tall.

I googled for quite a while to find the perfect, crisp and clear straight-on photo of a BWCA sign. Cropped it down, then enlarged it to the size I wanted it. Printed, it was on 12 - 8.5x11 tiled sheets that I trimmed down with a paper cutter, then meticulously taped together to make sure all the seams were clean. Once I had the entire image, I taped this onto my plywood, then painstakingly used a push pin to mark around the perimeter of each letter. Once the pattern was transferred I removed the paper and I played an adult version of connect the dots to make the complete pattern.

Then for the router - it was like the most intense game of Operation that I have ever played, but yes, all free hand. I toyed with the idea of creating some sort of guide or jig, but wasnt able to find anything helpful, especially with the relatively free flowing fonts. And I was most nervous about the cursive for 'National Forest' but that was actually the easiest part.
04/01/2020 12:17PM
Awesome! Thanks for the details. That'll make my own version a little easier to craft.
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04/01/2020 04:40PM
That's some impressive freehand routing. I can hear the old Operation commercial now: "It takes a very steady hand..."

Nice work!
04/01/2020 05:16PM
That's great! Really nice job, made me feel like I was looking at the real thing. Now you just need to start making them for the different EP's and you could sell them for a living. :)

I know I would buy them...
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04/01/2020 05:38PM
So, if you put that
in the yard: anyone going by better have a permit!
Can I hire you to do a bunch of $50 bills for me?
Just kiddin' Great replica and project!
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04/01/2020 06:25PM
Any plans on making and selling, I'd buy one!
04/01/2020 07:25PM
Great job but be careful, the Feds may think you stole it.
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04/02/2020 06:40AM
Diego: "Any plans on making and selling, I'd buy one!"

I'd buy one as well. A great gift for my oldest daughter.

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04/02/2020 07:03AM
That looks great!! I don't think I would have the patience to complete such a project.
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