Cedar Sign

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Project by yakerjax posted 12-16-2007 04:08 PM 1304 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Friend of Randy’s was needing a sign for his gate and asked Randy to design and make any ole thing just something to put up as the old one had rotted…
Well who knew… Randy taught himself to router out letters using a trim router..
So this is what he came up with.. I burnt two pictures on each side but due to my lack of experience with Cedar had no idea that it would fade once the spar was used to seal it so you can not see the burnings but I think Randy did great for never using a router before…

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#1 posted 12-16-2007 04:38 PM

Great job! I’d say Randy has a future in routing signs. Nice lettering style!

I just finished one of these and wondered what kind of paint he used for the lettering? Also is that spar varnish you guys used for sealing?

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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pat sherman

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#2 posted 12-16-2007 04:44 PM

nice job routing that sign.
and burns on cedar do not show up good at all. not unless you paint them also.

i did a sign on cedar did a burn onit. and i colored it. you can still see the picture on it and it has been in the weather now for over 14 years.

-- pat,ohio...

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#3 posted 12-16-2007 06:21 PM

Well I painted the sign for Randy using the 88cent ceramacoat paints (from Wally World) for the lettering and yes we used sparurathane… We like that for gloss and extra protection in the weather.. Cedar is naturally weather resistant as I understand but I use the spar for gloss and added protection…

Pat do you have a picture of your burning on cedar as I am still learning about the burnings and would like to learn more about adding color to them.. I am hoping santa gets me one of the pro burners as I have the cheapo and no regulator on it..

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#4 posted 12-17-2007 07:56 PM

I’d done some pyro. on cedar… same lesson…

this sign is wonderful. what a great job on the routing and the pyro!
I can see a real team-effort production line growing here! Your friends will be telling two friends and so on and so on

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Jiri Parkman

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#5 posted 12-20-2007 03:21 PM


-- Jiri

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#6 posted 12-20-2007 03:26 PM

Nice Sign. A great job by you both.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#7 posted 12-21-2007 06:00 AM

I love the sign and the burning does show if you are up close. I have never burned on cedar but used to woodburn regularly on Ash plywood. I will post some of those projects in the near future. I like the style of letters he used on this sign. I may try that style sometime. Your computer is a good source of font styles for lettering. I use my banner sign making program to design the lettering. Makes it easy to adjust the size of the letters to fit the boards. Keep up the good work.


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