Well what I will say is that this is a question that most people think about but I have had multiple people, including myself, say they are going to make a sign using oak. That means the wood is going to look exactly how you want it. If you use some really strong red oak wood or something you can use a pine plywood panel. If you don’t use the plywood, you are going to end up with a “lump” of wood and look exactly like you want it to. Then you have to be able to add an accent piece that matches the exterior. I use plywood mostly and don’t want to have to look at my signs too carefully while I work on them, I like it that way. You don’t need to be an architect or have a lot of time on your hands to know how to do this and it can take some time.
I have the “Tree signs” in two colors. A “boulder leaf” color and a “red wattle” color. I use the “boulder leaf” because I love red and it is cool. The red wattle has a lot of “luster” to it when you use it. A good color to use is a very light reddish brown but that is not a requirement. I would not suggest you use a very thick red color. You probably can still use a lighter color but you cannot control the heat and how much it will absorb.
You don’t have to use a sign that is not made for a outdoor sign because you can still use something for a sign for a room to let people know you want something going on in the house. I am going to be doing a post on an indoor sign that is making the rounds at some craft conventions. I will be doing a separate post on that later on in the year. I just wanted to show how versatile you can make just about anything for outdoor use with a little work. To have all the necessary equipment you need and still get something useful you can use for the outdoors is amazing.
Let’s get down to business with the Outdoor signs. I am going to use the standard outdoor sign pattern and it is not hard at all. This is going to be more of a “how to” on how to get the pieces together with a step by step tutorial. If you don’t have everything you want you can just get what you need and you can learn from your mistakes.
Here is the pattern
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