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Cool Tool Signs
What do you get when you put a tire wrench, clamp, and a couple of wrenches together? Atlee Yoder of Ontario, Wis., gets an EXIT sign.
  He and his family make signs with old tools, machine parts and other used metal items that folks bring to their store, Trail’s End, which buys and sells used items and lumber.
  “We’ve got boxes and boxes of old tools,” Yoder says. “We decided to make signs to give people ideas and possibly create a market for these tools.”
  So far, most customers have been business owners who need “exit”, “welcome”, “enter” and “sale” signs. The tools are secured on barn boards and fit well in a variety of businesses such as rustic furniture stores, antique shops and bars.
  The Yoders keep standard signs on hand. But they also make custom signs with names, addresses or whatever customers want for farms, homes or workshops.
  The boards are left natural or whitewashed, and the tools are coated with black or white paint or clear lacquer. To give them an even more rustic look, Yoder and his family sometimes add a barbed wire hangar instead of an eye bolt on the back.
  Some letters can be a challenge, Yoder says, to get the proportions right. Horseshoes come in handy for several letters.
  Cost for the signs varies according to the tools and metal pieces used, but average $5 to $8 per letter. Sizes vary from 3 to 10 ft. or larger.
  The Yoders sell the signs at their store (open Fridays and Saturdays and by appointment) five miles from Ontario, and they can also ship.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Atlee Yoder, Trails End, S302A Littleridge Rd., Ontario, Wis. 54651.

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2013 - Volume #37, Issue #2