Personalized wooden street sign post

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Project by thefoot posted 11-07-2013 07:37 AM 2192 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello Lumber jocks!

For a birthday present, have you ever thought,
‘What do you give a person that has practically everything?’
A gift card? Maybe.
Make something out of wood and give it to them lol.

This is my first BIG wood project I do for a birthday present. Knowing that this person has a Man Cave, it didn’t take me long to plan what I wanted to make. I made a custom personalized street sign post.

Initially I was going to make the post out of a piece of 4×4 but I thought it would probably look to plain. Unless you turn it. Then it will be a different story.
When I went to my local home center to by a piece of 1×12 I ran into some fence posts they sell. Never really paid attention to them. I got one and automatically thought to myself “this post should do the trick”.

Now, There is a video of the wood pecker that makes a sesame street sign which inspired me to make something like that. I just thought instead of the whole green paint colour, I would paint it block or brown. Or better yet, stain it. I was going to drive a 1/2” dowel rod thru the post, use decals for the letters, hang the name signs with chains and be done with it yes? No. Sometimes project like these never go as planned and change last minute. At least that’s what happens with some of my fun projects haha.

I took the name signs to the next level. I cut out some letters on the scroll saw and worked with it. Is it just me, or do you just get lost and lose track of time when you’re on the scroll saw? I like scroll saw letter projects =P

anyways, enough about my yip yap. I will try to attached a picture of the street sign post I made but here is a video of how I did it from start to finish. Let me know what you think?
Hope you enjoy.

Most important, I hope it gives you an idea of how to make one.
There are dozens of ways to make something like that.
From the wood and materials
to the sign board shapes and edges
to the letters (cut out, carving, decals, spray stencil, etc.)
to the post itself
to the base of the post
to the joinery on boards to post or hanging them
all the way to the colour and finish

If you make one, Please post a picture of it here to show me. I would like to see it.

6 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-07-2013 10:00 AM

Well done fun gift.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 11-07-2013 02:20 PM

I like it. This is a cool idea. I think I can use this idea for a gift to a friend. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-07-2013 05:24 PM

Yep that is a neat idea, I want to make one with WALK an DONT WALK. That way when my wife calls me an asks where you at i can say on the corner of walk an dont walk

-- I Saw What I See

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#4 posted 11-09-2013 12:35 AM

Very neat idea…I see a Christmas present in the future with this design.

Thanks for sharing!

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#5 posted 11-09-2013 03:58 AM

Walk and no walk sign lol.

Thanks for the comments.

Remember, if you make one, post a picture. I would like to see how it turns out.

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#6 posted 11-09-2013 11:16 PM

very nice project idea!!!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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