SMOOTHY CENTER — On the way to our shop a few weeks ago, I passed by the Smoothie King Arena, home of the New Orleans Pelicans which is across the street from our shop and saw workers installing large light-box style letters on the top of the arena. The letters were big, I'd guess each letter to be 10 feet by 10 feet in size. Each one filled with lights which will light up the Big Easy sky as motorists drive by on Interstate 10 as they pass by the arena.
Seeing these large letters got me thinking about my own customers who are always asking me, "Can you make this any bigger?"
Slippin' Southern can't make signs this large, at least not yet, but we typically tell our customers that we are only limited by the size of a sheet of plywood which is 4 feet wide by 8 feet tall, that is if you want the sign to be made from a single piece of wood. We can always go larger and make the sign in pieces that when installed look like one piece.
When customers ask me if I can make an item larger than it is on my site, they usually don't give me an initial idea of how large they would like it to be. And this begins the conversation that usually leads to a Custom Order.
If you are thinking of asking us about making something big, please be prepared to elaborate on the following questions:
- About how big were you thinking the sign needs to be?
- Is this for indoor or outdoor display?
- Do you need it to arrive by a certain date?
- How are you displaying the sign?
These basic questions are what we need to know to give you an estimate of how much it will cost.
The other thing to consider when ordering something "big" is shipping. Keep in mind that the larger an item is, the more it costs to ship. Sometimes, the shipping can be more than the item it's self and we try to make customers aware of this fact when discussing large pieces.
The factors that drive shipping fees are:
- How far does it have to travel?
- How heavy is the package?
- How big is the package?
Sometimes an item that customers want to order larger already is available in a larger size. Items like our Letters, Crabs, Dinosaurs, Dogs, Whales and Sharks all are available in multiple sizes.
New customers often are looking at my 10" letters and ask if I make this item larger. Many times, I already make the letter in a size that would be perfect for their needs.
Our typical letter heights are 5", 10", 18", 24". After that it is considered "big" and a Custom Order. The largest size that we can make a letter and remain one piece of wood is 8 feet high, but they could only be 4 feet wide.
Some customers ask us to make a totally custom sign from their logo. Above is a picture of a New York City Gourmet Meatball Restaurant named "Mighty Balls". We made their logo larger and cut it from 3/4 inch plywood. It also has our Coastal Core Weather Protection.
So if you have something you'd like to make bigger, just let us know, we are always here to help.