How to Make A simple Wooden Sign
The wooden sign is one of our projects which made it of the sketchbook but never made it out of the workshop. The ideas was a simple blade sign which came out from the wall, rather mysteriously with the fixtures hidden (the original design has the metal components recessed into the wood)
We wanted a sign which would weather over time and fade like an old wooden boat shed. With this simple design, it would be easy to interchange the sign and you could have a few options.
It would work well for a coffee shop to have one block of wood which said open and one that said closed and they could interchange them. We now use this sign in our workshop above the bathrooms.
We are having lots of fun with creative signage alternatives at the moment - get in touch if you are interested in signage for your business or home.
What you will need
1 x can-do attitude.
1 x engineer who knows what they are doing
1 x 450 mm x 60mm x 140mm piece of wood of your choice (we joined two pieces of scrap wood)
4 x M6 screws for mounting, these will depend on what you are mounting too
1 x Screw for wood to steel
Take the drawings below to your local engineer to get them to create the Steel Bracket. They need to drill the 4mm plate and then weld the two pieces of 10mm rod onto it.
Find a nice piece of wood, we used macrocarpa, and cut it down to the specified dimensions (450x60x140mm). We actually used two pieces of scrap wood we had lying around and glued together so it was big enough. You could even do this with multiple pieces.
Mark out the holes for the Steel Bracket on the wood and drill these out. You may want to put the wood in a vice to hold it. Just use something soft on the jaws so you don’t damage the wood. Drill the holes 100mm deep. You may need to drill them slightly larger than the Steel Rod. Also, drill the hole on the top of the sign that will be used to fix the wood to the steel plate.
Sand the wood so it's nice and smooth! If you have access to a router use this to round the edges. Rub the whole thing with Linseed oil to make it last. You’re almost there!
Once the oil has soaked in apply your artwork. An easy and tidy way is to get vinyl decals of your branding or message or alternatively you could hand paint it.
It’s time to mount the Steel bracket to the Wall. Fix in one corner of the bracket to your desired location. Using a level screw in the opposing corner to ensure your sign is vertical. Fix in remaining screws. Slide on the wood and fix the final screw into top hole on the wood to stop it from being able to slide off. Nice work! Enjoy the fruits of your labour.