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« on: December 29, 2007 03:02:42 PM »

My husband and I belong to a community workshop in the Bay Area (TechShop -- definitely check it out if you're local).  My friend Colleen wanted new house numbers for her place, so hubby and I lept at the challenge.

I'm really happy with how they turned out.

First we used a plasma cutter to cut out the numbers:

Next, we used a milling machine to drill holes in 1/2" cubic mounting post (lucite plastic from TAP plastics). I used a screw tap to etch the thread pitches into the drilled holes, but I don't have a clear photo of that step.

We used a drill press to punch mounting holes in the numbers:

Then used a flanged end bit on the holes as our mounting screws have, well, flanged heads.

Hubby used acrylic cement to glue the mounting cubes onto the plexiglass background, but I don't have a photo of that.

We sandblasted the numbers and then painted them metallic silver.  I also spraypainted the plexiglass background black.

A few years ago on a motorcycle trip, we found some construction-grade retro-reflective paint beads in a turnout.  We took a bunch of it home in an empty Coke bottle, and used some to sprinkle on the numbers while the paint was still wet.

Here's the finished product!:

Here are the numbers up on Colleen's garage:

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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007 03:50:04 PM »

They came out great. Gotta love power tools! Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007 04:01:55 PM »

I really really like the way these turned out. Nice job!

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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2007 06:27:45 PM »

Those are so nice!

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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2007 07:22:20 PM »

Thanks, guys!  I've been commenting on peoples' posts so I believe I now have 10 posts....lemme go back and try to add the photos directly.  I know that looking at photos in posts is one of MY favorite things about Craftster.  Grin
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2007 07:29:40 PM »

those are great, I wish I had access to all of that!
(well, i might... but I'm not sure what shop they'd be in at school!)

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« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2007 07:42:31 PM »

Amazing! Hubby reading over my shoulder is in LOVE with them. Yay you!

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« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2007 09:11:32 PM »

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« Reply #9 on: December 30, 2007 06:19:38 AM »

Those are wonderful!  I love that the shapes are sort of Seussian but the colours you chose make them look sophisticated and I'm deeply envious of your workshop/playground privileges.  Looks like there are some fun toys in there.

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