Big Blue Saw Blog
- Parent Category: Big Blue Saw Blog
- Created: Friday, 06 January 2017 16:20
- Written by Simon Arthur
Ben Matthews of Moonlight Forge recently sent us some photos of what he's made with help from Big Blue Saw. Among many other wonderful things, Ben makes custom gates and signs. When he needs lettering or logos, Ben turns to Big Blue Saw for help. We waterjet cut the design Ben's customers need from thin cold rolled steel. He hand forges all the other detail pieces as well as assembles and installs the whole thing.
Ben contacted us some time back about creating the lettering for the gate to a local cemetery. Working with Ben, we were able to come up with a design that looked good and would work well on the waterjet.
Big Blue Saw was able to waterjet cut the lettering from 0.125" thick hot rolled steel. Ben then fabricated the gate with the detail you can see in the photo below.
Here's a sign Ben did for the Valley Dental Health office.
He started by sending us a high resolution copy of their logo.
Based on the logo and Ben's specifications, we were able to create a CAD design for the sign. Ben wanted this to be what we call a "type 4" sign: the lettering and shapes as positive space, with separate pieces for each element. This is the most accurate way to depict a sign with a logo, but also the most time consuming and tricky to assemble correctly.
Fortunately, Ben is a professional and was able to place the parts accurately. The logo pieces were waterjet cut from 0.06 inch thick cold rolled steel A366/1008 by Big Blue Saw and finished by Moonlight Forge. The background is made from reclaimed wood and more steel.
Assembling the sign from parts.
Assembled and ready to install.
Check out Moonlight Forge's web page on the CustomMade website for more examples of Ben's work. He's got great reviews there, too and looking at the photos of his work, I can see why. If you see something you like, be sure to let him know!
And if you'd like to see more signs made with help from Big Blue Saw, have a look at our Gallery of Signs and Stencils.