Sign for Zephyr Brewing Co.

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Project by KnotCurser posted 210 days ago 687 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The owner of Zephyr Brewing Company, in Denver Colorado, hired me to create a sign for his brewery/pub.

He wanted it to look a bit weathered and rustic, so I used some reclaimed, distressed oak planks and glued up some random sizes. I left a rough edge on the top and bottom and didn’t even trim the sides. The rusted nail holes were a bonus!

Before starting on the carving, I sealed the surface entirely with about four coats of brush-on lacquer.

After designing on the computer and having my CNC Router do it’s job, I used Rit dye in the carving area and wiped the excess off after a few minutes. The lacquer I applied earlier kept the oak surface from staining.

Then I applied a few coats of spray-on lacquer and knocked down the final coat with steel wool to get a matte finish.

Overall dimensions are around 15×21 inches.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 210 days ago

Looks great Bob!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 210 days ago

Looks like a bought one… well done…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#3 posted 210 days ago

Looks good. How is the beer?

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#4 posted 210 days ago


No idea for two small reasons….......

1) I am in Maryland – the brewery is in Denver.
2) The brewery hasn’t opened yet.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 210 days ago

Bob, I like the sign, the description of the process, and the fact you used dye!

Could you have used any other color?
How did you mix the dye?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 210 days ago

That’s awesome. Don’t have access to my cnc router as it’s at the ex’s house. I love doing stuff like you just did. Keep it up.


-- Lovin' sawdust in beautiful Fort Collins, Colorado

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#7 posted 207 days ago

That looks great. I love the idea of making it with what ever was around.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#8 posted 90 days ago


I have used a number of different colors of Rit dyes in the past.

For this sign, I used it straight from the bottle – undiluted! Just make sure you are wearing gloves as, naturally, it stains fingers for days!!!!

If you wish to have a lighter shade, just mix a small amount with water – easy done!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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