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SCW TSA prepare to present museum signs

by Brooke Daniel
and Tyler Radabaugh

This week, the St. Clare Walker Middle School Technology Student Association (TSA) students are finishing eight cypress wood signs for the Deltaville Maritime Museum. When making the signs, the TSA members program the layout and dimensions into software called ArtCAM. The sign design is then sent to the CNC (Computer Numerically Controlled) machine for the cutting and engraving of the wood.
The CNC machining process takes approximately 1-2 hours per sign, depending on the detail. After trimming, the signs are taken to the sanding room where they are prepped for painting. The TSA members use acrylic paint to detail the letters and graphics.

After painting, the signs are sanded once more to perfection. When the TSA members have all the signs sealed with spar urethane, the signs will be presented to the Deltaville Maritime Museum for opening day this Saturday, April 27.

To donate directly to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, call 776-7200.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 04.24.2013

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