Amazing job. Can't wait to see it lit up!
If you have experience with steel, or know someone who has experience with steel, you will need a good steel cutter. We used a plasma cutter (about a $1500 tool, cost me a case of beer to use). I used sawzall blades to cut the frame for the sign (easy enough). we have a thermal-arc welder 130 (about 800 to get you started) and paint supplies.
I guess I just come from a farm family of fabricators, so I have been doing this kind of stuff since I was a kid among other things like restoring classic mustangs (i'm on my 4th nightmare right now) and customizing farm equipment for odd-ball applications.
If you are serious about making your own, I could probably type something up, but if you're not savvy with working with steel, you might want to do the same process from plywood... 2x4 framing and a jig-saw is much cheaper than steel.
Let me know!
A picture of my friend Patrick on the plasma cutter. It cuts through steel like butter. If you're cutting out letters, they'll just fall straight to the floor. This is much easier than using hand tools!
Pic of the Frame laid out on the sign (pre-paint)
Pic of the coating of red. You need to paint everything red, just to get a 1" letter outline
Another pic of the finished product... before the clear-coat
Last edited by legendsofthefog; 08-27-2009 at 07:34 AM.
is the self proclaimed "KING" of Aldino-Stepney road. We'll be over to see you this Fall. Great job on the sign! Chuck
Seriously, if you are interested in providing us a quote on doing a sign for us, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We probably don't have time for it this year, but we'd be interested for 2010!
Sorry it has been so long, but I just wanted to put up a picture of the facade up and hooked up. It has 2 Par-64s pointing to the sign, and 2 1000 watt foggers piped up to the middle of the sign. Let me know what you think.
Looks REALLY great. I didn't know how you were going to hang it, so to see the finished product, AWESOME!!!
Beautiful, makes me wish I was in Harford county again. I wish you the very best of luck this season.
That is sweet, how is it lit at night?
Now that the weather is starting to cooperate a little more, I am getting anxious to get back to work on the haunt. The other night I came up with this idea to transform our bridge to the next level. This "Bridge" into Legends of the Fog compound is more than 1100 feet from the main road, and it is at the far end of our soccer complex. This entrance will be visible to thousands... and I want to make sure it is the best it can be, especially from a distance.
On this sketch, I would build the pillars about 4' wide, maybe 4' deep and 24' high (to the top of the telephone poles). The arch area of the sign will be approx 2.5' in depth.
I would probably use 3" foam and may of the methods outlined by this thread http://www.hauntworld.com/haunted_ho...foam+hard+coat
The small square pillars in front and behind will also be stone, and will have guard-rail style fencing between them. Lighting will be installed in the small pillars...
I am still having trouble planning the suspension guide wires... I am not sure if they will be cables covered with 3 or 4" pvc or drain tile... any suggestions? We will plant wisteria and trumpet vines at the base of all of the pillars and over time it will over-grow the bridge and the wires.
The actual LOTF sign will appear to bust through the head of the bridge... we'll probably use green back-lighting and a natural front lighting on the actual letters. We'd still use 2 foggers to pump fog into that space... and the fog will come out from behind the sign.
Let me know what you think.... too much headache for a facade? Or, should I leave it how it is? suggestions?
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