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#1 posted 07-19-2018 12:55 PM

sharing what part of the world you live in would be of great help.
if you have an established wood sign making business,
you should already know the cost of materials (in your area).
what is your estimate of each size that you use in one Summer??
what species of wood are you currently using for your signs ?
I have seen sources online that sell unfinished wood craft/sign blanks.
they are mass produced and finish sanded – the shipping and handling cost
may be enough to be non-affordable for your profit margin.
like Rob said, finding a local source would be your best bet. . .
plus you would have that Face to Face relationship for the best results.
finding someone with a drum sander shouldn’t be too hard (cabinet shop??).
in my town, there is a millwork shop that does just about everything imaginable.
you have only mentioned the generic rectangle shape – you don’t want any
fancy profiles or routed edges ??

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