Tropical Tiki Sign
Paul Torrigino made a playful sign for a friend's birthday party with his scroll saw. It became the hit of the party. Soon all his friends were requesting their own personalized tiki signs.
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Materials and Tools:
1" x 12" rough fencing redwood
2" x 2" x 8" redwood piece
3M Super 77 spray adhesive
artist transfer paper
1-1/4" finishing nails
Tightbond II exterior wood glue
light and dark brown exterior house paint
Rust-Oleum Painter's Touch gloss clear multi-purpose spray sealer
3/4" brass wood screws
plastic coated stainless steel picture wire
drill press and 1/16" drill
respirator or dust mask
1. Create an artwork pattern on computer art software (figure A). Photographs are used as a guide for the caricatures. Draft a paper pattern if desired.
2. Print out the pattern and attach it to pieces of redwood using spray adhesive (figure B).
3. Pre-drill pilot nail holes and inside cuts using a drill press and a 1/16-inch drill bit.
4. Cut out the pieces on a scroll saw and sand individually (figure C). Also cut a piece for the base.
5. Turn a piece of 2" x 2" x 8" redwood into a torch shape on the lathe using carving tools. Sand smooth (figure D).
6. Cut the torch piece in half on the scroll saw creating a half round bas-relief.
7. Assemble the wood elements to the base piece using wood glue and finishing nails (figure F).
8. Fill in the nail holes with wood filler.
9. Base coat the assembled sign with two coats of exterior house paint. Let dry and then apply dry-brush background color (figure G).
A Polynesian-themed design transforms the room with warm sunset hues and tropical accents.