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#1 posted 07-29-2012 01:21 AM

You probably already own the tools you need for a sign in a carvable (?) wood. Rulers/straight edge, a sample font – made on the computer and shrunk/expanded to the precise size you want for the wood you have. Pocket knife, any bench chisel—both are rummage sale finds. Found wood can be used—- it makes great signs, when selling, the word “Rustic” lets you double the price. Transfer the design to your board. Run a line around the board at the depth you want the background to be. Remove the waste starting 1/8” away from the letter edge. Remove all the wood before fiddling with the letters. Do a stab cut outlining the letters and cut back the waste with knife or chisel. There are many ways to execute this carving. Just one that has worked for me. Wiith a gouge texturing the background is a breeze. And the wood—two very good carving woods are basswood and Butternut. More grain in the butternut. I use resin oil soak three times. Then cover it with more than one layer of poly with UV inhibitor (anything in the sun will lose color and contrast without stopping the UV. Or paint. Check out letter carving projects and chip carving—many great ideas.
Good Luck.

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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