This is a HOW-TO on making a paint finish look old and cracked. Today I made a simple sign for my wedding. I did not write anything on the sign yet – that is the fiance’s job! Enjoy! In the video I used a black spray paint for my base coat. I used MDF – that is why I used a base coat. If you ARE going to use a base coat make sure it is darker than the top coat, and also use an acrylic brush-on paint – NOT SPRAY PAINT like I did (it obviously works with spray pa...
We’re going to use a Dremel router to make a sign with recessed lettering. I suggest barnwood because of the contrast between the weathered surface texture and ‘fresh cut’ letters. I also have enhanced the letters by burning (pyrography) the edges of the letters for increased readability. Of course you can scale up to larger routers if you chose. Stock: Barnwood 2”x10”x24” Suggested material and dimensions Safety: Goggles, F...
Most all of my projects Have my brand on it in one place or another. Now, I don’t have a branding iron. But what I do have is a way of Chemically etching Brass plates with my logo on it. Here Is an example of one Now using the method I am going to show you, you can easily create custom plates as well for your projects. Not just logos but even plaques and signs.. Here are a few examples Here is how you can make an etched brass plate of your own….Now the first 2 vi...
I recently picked up a sign making jig from Rockler. Here is my review and a sample project that I was able to do. As always you can check out my site over at: www.woodlogger.com for more picture/videos of what I’m doing in my shop.
Things I am going to make from this ole Texas barn Part 1... #1: This ole barnwood is too pretty to carve a ranch sign out of...but too late now :)
This ole barnwood is too pretty to carve a ranch sign out of…but too late now :) Yep, that’s my blog and I am a sticking to it…Got an order last week for a 1”x12”x12’ and a 1”x12”x6’ carved sign for a ranch in Comanche, Texas and the lady wanted it carved on old barnwood and ready for her husband’s birthday on the 4th of next month, so I took a deposit and looked at what I had and I did not have a 12 foot long piece, so I started sw...
So here’s the setup: Call from some friends – can you help us out? What’s the project? Take this sign: “We no longer live on a mountain (“peak”), but still love the sign. Can you erase the “A” in Peak, and make it an “E” instead”? “Sure” i replied. How to do it? Make a copy of an existing “E” and replicate it in a plaster type material. Here’s the casting material I used. Basica...
Here is the new letter. I purposefully did some bleed over in the casting to catch the unique backing, and hopefully enable a better blending: Now to get rid of the old “A”, using my Dremel with a router base: After fitting in the new “E”, I am working in the color to match, as seen in this series of photos: Problem was, I was never going to get an exact match on either the background (dark brown) or the the lettering (a pale yellow). So, I end...
Hello.. remember me.. lolSo Sorry I have been taking so much time away for my favourite site … Lumberjocks…Been real busy.. website is now up and running…. lazylarrywoodworks.com.auand the boards are coming along nearly 50 but no pics yet ,... sorry.. soon … I promise..This is a work in progress. Needed a sign for the display at the Melbourne Working with Wood show in October…I was clearing up around the shed and found a 2.5 metre slab of Camphor Laurel that had ...
Now that I have the cabinets, there was this large area that needed something. I decided on a shop sign with some unique character. I took a single piece of scrap wood and cut it into 4 strips. I then ripped these into thinner strips. One strip being slightly thicker than the other. Next was a bunch of layout work to make sure I had enough material and could make my sign as big as possible. The letters were laid out to create a rustic look. The look was to be broken strips of...
This sign project was a learning experience. The guilding especially. That process was tedious and seems like one where you need to have done it many times before it would get easier. I used an imitation gold leaf considering the price of real gold. I’m satisfied with the sign and hope it creates a warm welcome to all who come to Red Barn Retreats. Here’s the view from the road. Is your driveway longer than mine? :-)
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