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Forum topic by ChrisCook posted 1858 days ago 832 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ChrisCook

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1858 days ago

I’m going to build a small sign for my maw-in-laws house, and am wondering what kind wood I should use for an outdoor sign. The sign will be fairly small (14×24 or so). Thanks!

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!


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miles125

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#1 posted 1858 days ago

Depends on whats on hand or available to you. I’d say Mahogany, Cypress or Cedar would all be good choices.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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ChrisCook

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#2 posted 1858 days ago

Thanks, all of those are available to me. I have a bunch of Azobe, but it’s really too heavy for a sign I think. I may try and go with cypress, would go good with coastal Florida. Thanks Miles!

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!

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Ampeater

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#3 posted 1857 days ago

Lots of sign makers use MDO Plywood. “Norm” used it to make a mail box. It would need to be painted.

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ChrisCook

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#4 posted 1857 days ago

Thanks ampeater! I would use MDO normally, but am wanting to create a “weathered” effect on the sign and would like to be able to slightly see the different peices of wood that makeup the sign if that makes any sense. lol.

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!

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Mike Morris

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#5 posted 1857 days ago

I would go with edge glued cedar…3” or 4” wide boards. “Rough it up” with a high pressure washer to add a few years of weathered look. Post a pic once it’s done, would love to see it.

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ChrisCook

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#6 posted 1857 days ago

Will do. I am kinda leary of roughing it up tooooo much as I’m afraid it will drink paint. What I had though about doing was painting it and scratching and scoring it up pretty good to remove a lot of paint back down to a base coat for a weathered look, and maybe try the pressure washing “rough out” with the trime pieces.

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!

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JPBatts

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#7 posted 1857 days ago

Make it whatever wood you want and send it to me. I live in the Puget Sound and we can weather anything in mere days. Is green moss okay?

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ChrisCook

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#8 posted 1857 days ago

lol. Green moss sounds great, but only on the edges ok?

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!

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Gary

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#9 posted 1857 days ago

Here’s another idea….send it to me. I’ll let my grand kids abuse it for a day. You won’t recognize it when you get it back.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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