When most people hear that I make signs, they generally attribute how busy we are to how many signs we have completed along main street in our town, and that's not the way it works.

You see, signs are a lot more places than along the street! This morning, a couple of projects that are completely out of sight from the general public, but a major part of our time and income. One of those projects was a job for the YMCA, as we brought the new Y logo and branding to their administrative offices. Easier said than done!

The pattern in place looks cheap and insignificant, but shows the location for the holes to be drilled. We make the template in the shop before heading out to the job.

Using Gemini's pad/stud combo mount, these letters will be there, forever. Each pad must be the same distance from the wood letter, and that is easily accomplished by turning the pad in or out.

On the smaller letters, the top pad has a stud that penetrates the wall for the vertical strength, and all pads have a combination of 2 sided tape to hold while the dab of glue sets up.

The mediocre photo quality doesn't do this great looking wood sign any justice. It matches an adjacent sign and the abundant oak trim in the office- and it looks just like the national rebranding.

We began the discussion late last summer, and are happy to say it is complete. The guidelines (aka the White Paper) that regulate the use of a national brand, and the number of folks that are involved in decisions at a large institution are very different than a mom & pop store, understandably. All those levels of checks and balances insure consistency for the brand, and satisfy each person that will be represented by the new sign in their lobby.

Thanks to a precision CNC router, patient detail work and a generous time schedule, the project ended up beautifully. Unfortunately I left the camera that takes nice pictures at the shop, so my phone camera stood in, and reminds me why I don't use it for anything important! (One day soon we'll retake the images of this project).

BONUS VALENTINE TIP: Thanks to Kelly for teaching me this trick a few years ago... Some of the candy in the chocolate heart is best left for someone else to eat- and it seems I never knew which was which, and would get stuck with some yucky maple custard blends that stuck to my teeth more than they tasted good... Kelly is demonstrating her technique above- by pressing in slightly at the back of the chocolate candy, you can see what is inside, then drop it back into the candy tray if it isn't what you were looking for...

Nice! The kids haven't caught on, and I don't think they read this blog, so we're safe.