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Project by Ray posted 08-24-2007 05:47 PM 2265 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I enjoy creating signs by hand. Taking a blank piece of wood and giving it some life is great! Design and creating is what I really enjoy and wood is the medium I love to work in.
Here are some examples of a few of the signs I have created.
Before we moved to our land in Colorado I designed and did some relief carving.
I created it in my old shop (notice how compact it is or is the word crowded!) and one of the first thins we did was set it on our property,

The second one was a gift to a neighbor as they moved into their new home. Its just freehand router cut and paint in the router trench.

The last one is just for fun! We had to fence off our house area out here to keep the cows out or they will do a lot of damage so I routed this NO COWS sign and posted it on our gate so visitors know that they are welcome but not the cows. It measures about 16” square.

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#1 posted 08-24-2007 06:20 PM


Your shop looks very organized with everything easily accessible :)

Wonderful signs. Do the cows pay attention to the sign?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 08-24-2007 07:13 PM

By gosh, Bill, I wish I’d had a whole bunch of those signs to put in certain places on our ranch. It would have saved a lot of hard riding. Of course, I don’t know if I could convince the cows to pay attention to the sign. Good looking signs anyway.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 08-24-2007 07:39 PM

Nice signs! Woodworking is practical and fun.

Debbie – The only cows that obey the signs are the ones that have been to “Cow Obedience School.”

And, if they are ever found to have been in violation of the posted sign, they can merely say they had not seen it.
All kidding aside – those are nice signs. It takes creativity and skill to lay out a nice sign! I like that first one with the raised lettering. How do you accomplish that?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 08-24-2007 08:20 PM

oh the old “I didn’t see it” strategy. Ha. Like we believe it.

Anything chipped/carved etc. is amazing to me!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-24-2007 10:03 PM

Great work!
I had a buddy ( passed) that was a whiz at this type of art work.
You work reminded me of him. Thanks
Have you ever investigated sandblasting?
That’s a really interesting method now with vinyl cutters being so reasonable.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#6 posted 08-25-2007 04:40 PM

Fantastic router work, beautiful pieces.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#7 posted 08-30-2007 10:36 PM

Once we moved to Colorado we ‘planted’ the address sign on our empty property:

Having a problem with small address signs no one can see from the curb I created this one for our house (old) in the city:

It was made out of plywood and painted. Stood about 3’ tall so they could not be missed! Some neighbors like them so much they asked me to make them for their house.

Here is a house number sign for a house in the city:

Out on the range I routed this one for a neighbor:

Bob – I have thought about sand blasting – never pursued it but I bet that would be a lot of fun too! I can imagine a lot of imaginative things that could be done with it!

For those unfamiliar with cows – no they can not read!  LOL

Well that didn’t work very well – thought we could post pictures here also!
Even my links don’t work! Take me to – what the heck is that?
None of the selections on this box works either – Maybe its just me!
When I tried to post my workshop tour it was a failure also.

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#8 posted 08-31-2007 02:36 PM

that’s what I keep getting as well.
sometimes a photo’s location isn’t really it’s location… is there a special linking code to use?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 10-26-2011 04:03 AM

Great looking signs but I have a question about finishing them when you are using paint AND a stain or sealer. Which comes first? Do you staing entire piece and then come back and paint over the part you want painted? Also, are you using some sort of primer for the painted portion?

-- Cassady in Denver, CO

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