Record of my work experience with Exmoor National Park

Work experience 20-03-2014

Today we were building and painting signs to go out to various locations on Exmoor. A work ticket is generated with the text for the sign, the direction the finger must point in and what is on each side of the finger.

Finger Direction Plan

So a finger with 3R would mean pointing to the right and text on the right side, corresponding to the R on the diagram. A finger with 3LR would be pointing to the right with text on both sides of the finger. The rangers use the same system to ensure that the final sign post has fingers that point in the correct directions with the correct wording on each finger.

This also determines which parts of the post need to be milled out to fit the relevant fingers. The fingers were already made and the lettering on them had been painted.

We needed to mill out the posts and fit the fingers, pointing in the correct directions, using dowels to hold them on.

I was fitting the fingers, drilling the dowel holes, hammering in the dowels and then stacking the posts ready for painting the relevant coloured tips on the fingers.

Milling out the posts
Milling out posts

Milling out posts

Milling out posts

Drilling the holes for the dowels
Drilling for dowels

Drilling for dowels

Drilling for dowels

Milled posts ready for drilling
Milled posts ready for fingers

Milled posts ready for fingers

Milled posts ready for fingers

Fingers to be fitted to milled post
Milled post ready for fingers

Finger direction diagram on the board for reference when fitting fingers
Finger direction diagram

Hammering in the dowels
Hammering in dowels

Trimming off the excess dowels
Trimming tails off dowels

Trimming tails off dowels

Posts stacked ready for painting
Signs assembled ready for painting

Signs stacked

Signs stacked

Signs stacked

Signs stacked

Signs stacked

Preparing for painting the ends of the fingers, yellow for footpath, blue for bridleway and plum for restricted byway
Ready for painting

Painted fingers on posts
Painted signs

Painted signs

Painted signs

Restriced Byway sign

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