Here’s some work in progress photos – in between making signs I have started a new box/case build. This will be used for a Notary Public to keep his stamp seal press and other items he will be carrying to meetings. The box will be posted to Brisbane when complete. The timber is from the cleanup after Cyclone Yasi – some rare rain-forest species.
I’ve been working at nights and have made some progress so here are some ‘work in progress’ photos of the build so far and some close-ups of my messy but reliable workbench!
The Hidden Damage Caused By Merbau Decks In Australia
Why not use Merbau?
The destruction of large forest areas to get just one tree is shocking!
It doesn’t grow easily in plantations.
The small Islands of Indonesia cannot sustain this continued destruction
It is very difficult to enforce any laws put in place.
Logs are often smuggled over near-by borders or officials are paid off to turn a blind eye.
It is rapidly causing the extinction of beautiful defenceless animals
Not only losing their homes – THEIR SPECIES IS BEING WIPED OUT!
Where there is big money involved it will only continue.
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Merbau seems to be a very popular choice here in Australia – DIYer’s walk into their local hardware store looking to build a deck and don’t know better! The sales staff will probably point you in the direction of the Merbau racks without a second thought.
CHANGE IS UP TO YOU – Your choice of decking timber can help So what can we do? – Education and choice when purchasing is the key to this change, we must make change happen through the choices we make when building decks and other outdoor projects. Get the FACTS right before making a decision based on price and colour alone!
Do we trust them when they tell you it’s sustainable and being managed? – IT’S NOT!
I’m often asked if I make wooden name signs. Of course the answer is yes I do!
In fact it has now become my main line of work.
Just about every sign I make is a name sign of some sort.
Here’s some more examples.
House Name Signs
Beach House Signs
Holiday House Signs
I used to make these signs by doing all the lettering by hand with a router to carve out the areas needed following guide lines on the stencil and a pantograph.
This involved printing out a large banner sized paper stencil to trace from and gluing it down to the timber. The lettering is then painted after being carved into the timber with the hand held router. The result of carving the lettering this way is a flat bottom cut to a controlled depth.
If you need larger than a standard size or any pictures, special details, delivery date required, let me know on the same form when ordering.
I will send you a list of fonts to choose from and an engraving simulation. (make sure you enter your email correctly)
The main 4 things I need for a quote are :
What you want written on your sign.
If your sign will be used indoors or outdoors.
The type of timber you prefer
The edge styling you would like, Rustic Edge | Straight Edge | Routed Profile Edge | Other Shape/Style
How can they be personalised more?
Here’s a custom wood sign I made for a customer who lives in a small country town. She wanted it to be a personalised gift for her husband…
“Everyone in town knows his Ute” … she tells me and sent through a few photos of his Ute we then found a suitable pictures online to work from.
The Engraving Simulation below was sent to her for approval. The 3D simulation shows exactly what the engraving will look like carved into the timber and finished with matt black enamel paint. I can zoom in using the software to check if any of the pictures need to be fixed up before making your custom timber sign.
This is what I will send you for approval A Simulation of what the machine does only! Ignore the colour or edge style at this stage.
Where do I get pictures? Sometimes they are provided to me, or we can search for suitable ones together.
Some images require extensive editing! (this can add considerably to the cost of the job so please be aware of this) The tree picture was one I had used in a previous design, so at least I didn’t have to edit that one!
Here’s the picture of the Ute and other design elements we worked from for the sign above, his Ute had a cage on the back so I edited the image to suit, added the antenna to the front and spare wheel to the back of the Ute. This was important because the people in town all recognise his Ute and she wanted it to be a personalised gift for his birthday. He has an Australian cattle dog with him on his run and they keep chickens so these were added into the image as well.
She was very happy with the end result and the sign is now proudly on display at their front door.
Details for the signs I make
My Rustic Cedar signs feature a unique carved edge, this is done by me after engraving. I prefer to shape my signs myself – no two are the same. The beautiful grain in Cedar is highlighted by a tinted Decking Oil (made right here in Australia of course).
I’ve made quite a few signs for man caves, sheds, outdoor BBQ areas, even wood-fired pizza ovens which are becoming more popular than ever.
Please follow my blog if you would like to see more of what I make in future. I plan to put more projects up here as they are completed and also some flashbacks of interesting things I’ve been asked to make over the past 12 years so stay tuned.
How to order your own wooden sign
If you would like to order a custom wood sign please view my wooden signs page here
you can view details, see a price guide and fill in a short form, I will reply to your email with a list of font examples along with a quote for your very own personalised custom wood sign.
[/caption] Just some of the many font choices I can send you.
My signs are posted worldwide, international orders are always welcome.