The Making of 98.5%

April 2010

While this video only takes three and a half minutes, the actual sign took several days to make. Victoria Estok and Kyle Hittmeier helped along the way – Kyle can be seen painting, Victoria is more elusive. The soundtrack is from some old friends from California, specifically: The Steady Ups and Doctor Echo’s Dub Disaster album, which is one of my favorites. Worth every penny and more.

How To: Get a vector file from your computer onto an 8×4 foot sheet of plywood

All of this is basically in the video, but here it is again. The design was originally a vector file. I made the printout on a large-format copier at the local chain store copy shop for about 8 dollars. Then used a light coat of spray mount to attach it temporarily to the wood. Then I followed the cuts with a good blade in the jig saw, and drilled where the circles were. Before removing the paper I drew a line over the printed line with a pen to leave an indentation on the wood. Lighting this from the side with a small flashlight, I could then trace over the indentations directly onto the wood with pencil. As I did this I removed the paper. Using the re-positionable spray mount means there is no residue of paper or adhesive.

If you have any specific questions, let me know.

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