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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.
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.
These days my signs look more like this,
But I want more!
The main 4 things I need for a quote are :
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.
My signs are posted worldwide, international orders are always welcome.