Signs of the Times - November 2013 - (Page 22)

STRICTLY COMMERCIAL By Doug Haffner Doug Haffner is owner of Haffner’s Fantastic Creations (Wyoming, IL). Hard Charging A tool manufacturer’s signs provide a rugged persona. Recently, JimKewanee,the CEO of Martin, Rhino Tools in IL, brought me a job with some very specific requirements. Rhino Tools manufactures gas- and air-powered, posthole drivers, and manual and hydraulic post pullers. First, he presented an existing logo. Around the logo, he envisioned the border having some distinctive bolts; his company had already machined the parts. He’d also machined a 3 x 3-ft., ¼-in.-thick piece of stainless steel with tabs that would allow the diamond-shaped sign to hang suspended. Two identical sign halves would sandwich the steel plate. An earlier sign had been damaged by vandals, and he wanted it to be sturdy. Tough stuff First, I carefully noted the positioning of all the steel’s pre-drilled holes, which would accommodate the custom bolts, and the tabs’ locations and sizes. The customer had cut the slab such that it would only fit with one specific corner on top. I recommended we carve the sign from 2-in.-thick, 30-lb. Precision- Doug Haffner, proprietor of Haffner’s Fantastic Creations (Wyoming, IL), fabricated this handsome 3-D sign for Kewanee, IL’s Rhino Tool Co., which manufactures gas- and airpowered, post-hole drivers, and manual and hydraulic post pullers. Board® HDU, and the client approved. I primarily carve all of my signs from HDU or PVC. I love working with HDU, not only because its lack of grain makes cutting easier, but also because it’s impervious (Above) A rendering of the signface. The client provided its logo as an .eps vector file, and Haffner perfected the design with Vectric’s Aspire 4.0 3-D-tooling software. (Right) He routed the panel on his ShopBot PRT 4 x 8-ft. CNC router using 30-lb. PrecisionBoard HDU. 22 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / NOVEMBER 2013 / to the water damage that can rot a wood sign. I’ve found that 15-lb. material is too light, grainy and susceptible to damage. If you want something as strong as stone, there’s 70-lb. mat-

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - November 2013

Signs of the Times - November 2013
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review - Caldera Flow+ 2.0 software and its Version 9.20 RIP
Technology Review - KeyedIn™ Sign Edition software
New Products
Design Matters
Enter the ST Intl. Sign Contest!
Deep Thoughts
Temporary Vanity
LEDs: The Omnipresent Illuminators
Accessible Training
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - November 2013