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  1. 9 points
    One of my other favorites. mark-s
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  3. 8 points
    Some designs I`ve been working on with the CNC machine. mark-s
  4. 8 points
    So my day job is site work and excavation. We were opening up a new job last week and clearing off a field to put up some apartment complexes. I left a guy there to scrape up weeds with a large wheel loader. he calls late in the evening to tell me he ran over a rifle on the job. It was in a scabbard and had likely bounced off a truck or side-by-side at some point. Said he smashed it pretty good. I go over the next day and have a look. It's a fairly new Ruger American Predator series chambered in 6.5 Creedmoor. Has an upper level chinese scope and a bi-pod all in a decent scabbard. Stock is broken but just at the shoulder all there rest is fine. I say "Cool find dude. Finder keepers." He says "Oh I quit hunting a long time ago you take it." (he didn't have to ask me twice!) Had the local cops run a search for stolen or lost and no one had turned it in so they say it's mine now. Just needs a new stock. I start looking for a used one or replacement and have a hard time because its a fairly new model and specific stock for the barrel. Finally give up and call Ruger about it. They ask why I want a new stock. I tell them it got ran over (didn't tell them it was by a large piece of construction equipment) they say "we will have one out to you in 6 to 8 working days for free." Mic drop..... No way. free I say? She says yep, have a great weekend and good hunting. You better believe I will lady! Happy day indeed. I looked up the equipment and there's between $700 and $900 right there depending on actual prices vs list. Way cool. Has a little rust on the barrel as it had been laying out there who knows how long but I did the barrel re-black kit thing and it cleaned up pretty good. Somehow the scope is totally fine even being nearly squished and laying around getting wet, all the rest is in great shape. Supposed to be real nice shooters.
  5. 7 points
    A few weeks ago my wife's old desktop quit working. Thankfully, I keep up with our backups. After many tests I determined that the mother board was bad. I spent the next weeks shopping around for another unit with what she wanted for the right price. Today, during our weekly travels, we stopped by a local Thrift Store. They were having a huge sale so we started looking around. The first room I went in had a computer in it's original box, with a keypad and mouse. When I asked them if it worked I was told that if it was in a box, it was not tested. I took a gamble and bought it. Long story short, when I got home I hooked it up and it worked. It was not even password protected. It's an HP, Quad-core, 1TB hard drive, 6GB Ram, Light scribe DVD, and Windows 7 that was upgraded to Windows 10. Here's the kicker.The price sticker was $10.00. With the sale discount, they told me it would cost, with sales tax, $2.68. Yes, two dollars and sixty eight cents. Gotta love those Thrift Stores
  6. 7 points
    Did these for a customer who sponsors a little league team. He will paint them. mark-s
  7. 7 points
    here are a few signs made with the CNC. The signs one was the first one made on the CNC then hand painted. American made was the 2nd one I did, got smart and masked off for each color very little touch up. mark-s
  8. 7 points
    Etch and cut the acrylic with the CNC. Also cut the wooden bases. mark-s
  9. 7 points
    Well it has been over just over two years now since me and my wife opened up our shop. We are still doing good and it sustains itself and then some. We have met a lot of great customers and have gained a lot of loyal customers. The bulk of our business is tshirts. We do have good days and bad days but that is the nature of the beast.. I have missed being on here and trying to help out but working 40 hours and then coming home and pressing shirts keeps me busy. Hope everyone is doing well with their vinyl business..
  10. 7 points
    Friends don't let Friends put glitter on a car. LOL
  11. 7 points
    Finally got around to making a LED edge lit sign for myself. 8.5 X 12 RGB multi color. 1/2 in acrylic basic shape cut on the cnc machine. Etched with aluminum oxide 220 grit. Red oak base also cut on the cnc machine. Oak was clear coated. mark-s
  12. 7 points
    Meh. Jerry Bonham realized that most beginners simply want to be able to just type some words/text and then send it to their budget cutter. Which it does just fine, no pain, no strain. He also included some very useful features, such as the wide-ranging Graphics library (Draw menu) and a fairly decent vector engine. For anyone who wants to check it out, here's the link to the full instruction/tutorial manual. Be aware that HotShot/Pro is not the release which is currently available for download (SB ELEMENTS UK Hybrid v7.0.0) and many of the features described in the manual are 'greyed out' in the SB Elements version --- especially RIP and other advanced tools. http://www.uscuttersupport.com/downloads/Software/SignBlazer/signblazer_manual.pdf I introduced a 12-year old to SignBlazer last week, and she was able to design, cut, weed, tape and apply, all within 5 minutes. (She wanted a Unicorn decal). If that's a crap program, then I don't know what the word 'crap' means in YOUR universe.
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  14. 6 points
    CNC machine did all the hard work, I just trimmed it. A bit more sanding then clear coat. Took 4 hours on the CNC. From 1 X 12 pine, the carving is 13.5 X 9.75. mark-s
  15. 6 points
    put the app tape on your table sticky side up and then apply the vinyl to that - much easier
  16. 6 points
    Well you know, new guys can mess up anything LOL.... few things I have cut today... The Anniversary was for my Parents, it was 55 yrs for them yesterday. The motorcycle was first thing i cut.
  17. 6 points
    Heck if you know you are going to spend over $800 there I would just toss it out as a straight up trade right off the bat and see if they bite. Don't give them the actual quote. They will be happy and so will you.
  18. 6 points
    I charge based on a learned estimate of what I think it will take. In other words I estimate based on an hourly rate and give the client a hard price. He doesn't usually know what I want to make per hour just the final price and if it goes good I make more per hour. Most basic installs I figure a couple hours. Those job boxes will be time consuming possibly. Also be careful what you get yourself into because all the John Deere stuff is copyright protected without a release from an authorized dealer. If they ARE an authorized dealer make sure you get something in writing saying they are authorized to commission your work on the cut vinyl so you don't some day get your rear in a ringer.
  19. 6 points
    that is why it is in the off topic section - we did a Rome to San juan cruise this year and in essence was the guinea pigs as I couldn't find anyone to give advice first - We loved it and I thought I would share for 2018 the same cruise is going over $100 cheaper pp than our trip so right now $534pp from Rome to spain, portugal, azores and across the atlantic to san juan. by far the cheapest way I found to see other areas we hadn't been to before. I thought I found a great deal on air but for 2018 we are going on a different cruise and found WOW air (think european sprit as in low service low price) - WOW goes from the US to Europe for $300pp - there is a LONG layover in iceland but I added a cheap hotel and should make the trip much easier and still save over $1000 compared to the cheapest I found elsewhere) Why share this - we all work hard on here and I know several have no idea they can do a trip to europe so cheap - as I had no idea until this last year. The deal on the same cruise for 2018 was such a deal I had a hard time deciding on a different one and paying a bit more, but in the end decided to see new sites. These cruises are as cheap as 7 day cruised we have taken to the carribean and you get 12 days of all the food you can eat and lots of things you normally would not see on a menu - Yeah I am a little stoked at finding these deals
  20. 6 points
  21. 6 points
    Before & After Pics Of Van I Completed Over The Weekend
  22. 6 points
    http://lmgtfy.com/?q=TitlingGothicFB+Normal+ Bold+Oblique
  23. 6 points
    Well the storm ended it's fury down here and we made it through. We were lucky that the eye of the storm missed us. We had a few fruit trees go down and got our power back last night. No damage to the house or cars. I'll be spending a lot of time with my chainsaw today. Thanks to everyone.
  24. 6 points
    ohhh lord just noticed the new like emot options - this is going to be interesting
  25. 6 points
    Built a 4ft X 4ft CNC Machine. This is the latest final of the SIGNS sign. Just need to clear coat and hang at the shop. mark-s
  26. 6 points
    Got the CNC sign installl at the shop. mark-s
  27. 6 points
    After a 2 month build on a custom 4 ft X 4 ft CNC machine, half the time was waiting on parts. It is up and running. First cut was shop space numbers. Made from Norwegian Birch. And then on to the good stuff. Masked and Painted then cut. mark-s
  28. 5 points
    MZ Skeeter... no worries... case closed. I got my logo and shirts are being print. FYI this is the design .. Me with a shark
  29. 5 points
    Don't care how she got it. I was exactly what I needed and I appreciate the effort she put into it..
  30. 5 points
    Here is an edge lit example of one I did for my day job boss.
  31. 5 points
    Wow, two solutions in one thread --- nice work, gang!
  32. 5 points
    I completely forgot to show my best work yet................ Mr. Jacob.
  33. 5 points
    Also, if you want to know what's in a document use the Object Manager:
  34. 5 points
    Guess she didn't like that response. I still haven't heard anything back from her. Spoke to soon... She just texted back. Sorry meant to reply back last night. I think we have another guy that will do the shirts. I understand the liability factor. So that must mean she has been talking to someone else the whole time also. For you to find another person at 8:30pm on a Sunday night. Or either she just found someone else today. Either way I'm fine with it. He can have her!!!
  35. 5 points
    Hello there fellow forum-ites! I have enjoyed being a member of this forum now for several years. Most of you have known me as the lead designer and production artist for a sign company. However that has just changed! My wife and I are proud to announce that we have a started our own company, Spunky Graphics, LLC. We still do vinyl work, including vehicle wrap design & installation, however as we are starting out small we are focusing our product offerings to paper products (business cards, labels, brochures, etc...) promotional products thru a local distributor rather than a national conglomerate like Kaeser & Blair, Graphic Design, Screen printing & Embroidery thru a partner as well as Web Design, SEO, and Social Media Training, & Online Profile Optimization coming soon! Our expanded vision for our company is to be a business concierge. We want to help new and existing business navigate the advertising world. We see so many business throwing away money at useless advertising and promotion that only benefit the sales person. And then of course on the flip side, businesses that don't advertise at all and need to learn how to promote badly. We want to show businesses how to track their advertising so they know whether or not its working and how to adjust. I have really enjoyed being a part of this forum and I hope to be more active in the coming future. The knowledge base and experience of many members here is second to none. So I really look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience and of course I hope to continue to do business with all of you!
  36. 5 points
    My 5 year old daughter has "sport jersey day" next week at school. Didn't want her looking like everyone else, so I thought it would be good to make this for her. I know, she will wear it once and into the rag bin it goes. You need to watch the simpsons to know the team.
  37. 5 points
    I don't think goo gone works well on paper.
  38. 5 points
    to forum member @pshawny! I needed an assist with a graphic yesterday and Shawn stepped up and helped get me moving in the right direction - big time. Shawn, I owe you one buddy! Cal
  39. 5 points
    I was bored the other day and found something at princess auto. That would be like the US northern tool or harbor freight. And I thought, HEY, that could work. So for $29 Canadian I got me a 10 roll storage rack. Not bad for a lumber storage rack.
  40. 5 points
    I heard something go bump in the night, walked downstairs this morning and found this. Merry Christmas to me!!
  41. 5 points
    I think it needs another watermark
  42. 5 points
    Custom font and design. 15 inch high X 36.5 wide. mark-s
  43. 5 points
    Just put this together. mark-s AMERICAN MADE SIGN CNC PREP AND CUT.mp4
  44. 5 points
    Nothing wrong with sign blazer. I have used it since I started. Free, easy to learn/use (does have some limitations) and never fails me. In fact, I still use it today as my cutting program! I have other programs but still use sign blazer. I am trying to ween off of it but sometimes old habits are hard to break. Good luck with you current issue.
  45. 5 points
    You may have the best, BUT from what I have seen in your posts, you don't know how to use them.. You don't even know a vector from a jpeg. You run an image thru VECTOR Magic and you don't know whether it is traced or not? Go learn the basics first before you complain. My 2c "Not sure if it was traced, I just copied and pasted it into vector magic then just hit the fully automatic button, I always seems to have problems with letter being out of shape, everything else I do is ok"
  46. 5 points
    But yet many, many people have no problem with it and continue to use it. Yes, it is outdated. The owner passed away years back, and correct it has not been updated for several years.. It is abandonware. FREE. unlimited trial You need to use version 8 .ai or .eps files. And you can still find a user manual for it. And ALL of this info has been posted hundreds of times on this forum. It is still an option for people who don't want to spend several hundred $$$ on design and cutting software.to get them started.
  47. 5 points
    I'm going to start marketing LED light up garage signs. These are my first examples. 2017-07-25 23.39.48.mov 2017-07-25 23.26.02.mov
  48. 5 points
    house brands like greenstar usually don't put a name on the back - won't use em but that is an option - oracal and 3m put their name on the back fdc does sometimes but a lot of time theirs is blank and better choice than house brands. Personally I advertise I use oracal and 3m to show I use quality products and am very Leary of people that sell no name vinyl. IMHO
  49. 5 points
    Insignia of Edson's Raiders, the 1st Raider Battalion, 1942–1944 This image is in the public domain in the United States because it contains materials that originally came from a United States Armed Forces badge or logo. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain in the United States. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Marine_Raiders_insignia.svg
  50. 5 points
    heck I would just check the temp with an ir thermometer -set it once and mark on the dial with a sharpie