Saving 19 year old Cedar Sign

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Project by DaleMaley posted 09-10-2020 02:58 PM 971 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine “roped” me into repairing his sign he made back in 2001. When he made it, he used his CNC router to make beautiful looking script on the sign.

Over the years, the sign turned almost black and the letters were no long legible…......the left hand post rotted off at the ground, and the mortises rotted out on the lower signs.

My friend wanted me to try to salvage his big top sign… I used my woodburning pen to deepen the grooves in the big letters so they would hold white paint.

The 5 lines of script were barely deep enough to hold white paint, so I painted them. I was not going to burn them deeper by hand….....too much work…....and very few people will read all that text anyway.

I made 2 new lower signs from cedar, and used my Sears router template with plastic letters…......then painted the letters white.

I had sticker shock when I bought the 2 new 4×4 cedar posts 8 foot long. They used to be $20 each….....and I did not realize all lumber prices have doubled since the virus hit….......they are now $40 each !!!!! My daughter put building her new house on hold until lumber prices return to normal.

Mother Nature usually makes stuff look worse over the years….........but in this case… the new cedar turns from light brown to dark brown/black in a few months… white letters should stand out very nicely :)

If you are interested in my trials & tribulations…....including having the router template slipping while routing…....see my woodworking web site.


-- Dale, Illinois,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-12-2020 12:25 PM

Nice save, Dale. just tip on posts for the next one: use Osage orange ( Hedge). Farmers use it for fence posts and it lasts 100 years in the ground and does not rot.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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John Smith

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#2 posted 09-12-2020 10:20 PM

Dale, nicely done !!
thank you for taking the time to document the project
and describing your journey.


-- I am a painter: that's what I do, I like to paint things. --

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