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olingerjccj
08-26-2010, 10:46 AM
I want to do a different tune tune sign vs the standard peg board one I used last year. It would be nice to have a tune to sign and a donation box toghter but I was looking for some better ideas. A side note do most of you collect donations. I was thinking juvenile diabetes association but really have not dug into it.

Thanks
John

lboucher
08-26-2010, 12:36 PM
My father made me a nice one out of an old tele-com box last year. Depending on how much traffic you get I might suggest a bigger box.
http://pachristmas.com/?p=427
http://www.doityourselfchristmas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=9906

It is relatively safe, the quickest way anyone will get it is to pull the whole light post down the street.

kychristmas
08-26-2010, 02:40 PM
Compact Floursecent Bulbs have now made it possible to inexpensively build just about any type of illuminated box. Some have used Lights strings as the lights source, but I don't think they look as bright. I built a ton of these when I had my Sign Shop. Unfortunately that was in the days when you had to use either expensive odd-sized Floursescent tubes or specialty fixtures to light them. Now a few $2 socket bases and $1 CF bulbs will do the trick.

My shop is almost clean from my Jet Ski Engine rebuild so I think I'll go ahead and create a new Tune-to sign while creating a quick how-to guide.

I was going to try and find lBouchers donation box, but now I see he jumped on the post already. That is a great Donation box.

BTW... I don't think I would do them together because it woudl be expensive to theft-proof the tune-to sign. You could certainly mount them both on the same pole. I love how lBoucher's has the Candy Cane holder built in as well.

txag2008
08-26-2010, 05:15 PM
Our sign ended up being a last minute project last year. It is a 5 sided box. We then cut a groove/notch on the front and slid in a fluorescent light diffuser (www.allplas.co.uk/acatalog/Prism.JPG). We stuck in a strand of incandescent mini's to serve as the backlighting. The words were cut out by a laminant cutter that we have and then stuck to the diffuser material. The entire box was mounted to a piece of 4" PVC and wrapped in garland.

http://i38.tinypic.com/de5pwx.jpg

lboucher
08-27-2010, 12:29 AM
Woops, kinda focused on the donation box instead of the tune to sign in my first post. Here is a pic of my tune to, kinda similar to the last guy. http://pachristmas.com/?page_id=321

Really just a box with a piece of plexiglass on the front.
Then tape off the letters, paint that side red and the other a light coat of white.
Then for some reason I decided to staple 2 strands of C9 to the inside of the box for light. It worked and was cheap as I already had the lights lying around, but a bit heavy on the power. At least I don't have a single light as a failure point, espcecially given my other mistake of completely sealing the box.

Ahh well.
Good luck.