Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Learning: Framing for a wooden sign

Lots are written online about creating wooden signs. It’s amazing how much information folks are willing to share, and many even take the step-by-step process to an art form itself. So, armed with some wood and inspiration, I sought to take the roots of what I’ve seen and read and then adjust it to my knowledge and skillsets to fill my particular needs. 

I began with picking some wood for a base (the sign) and then some wood to surround it (the frame). But even simple country-style frames require some thought, diligence, and the necessary trial and error. For example, how wide will it be, how thick, will the corners be mitered (cut at 45-degree angles and lined up), will the corners simply abut to one another, and if so, which length of the frame will span the entire sign (top and bottom or sides)? Then there is the actual connection of the four pieces. Are they stapled, glued, nailed, or some combination of different techniques? What equipment will I need in place? Hammer, nails, staples, staple gun, nail gun, glue, clamps, air compressor, or other things I haven’t even considered? What stabilizes the frame? Is it mounted on the sides of the wooden base allowing the sign to drop in the middle, or is the frame itself attached to the surface of the sign? The considerations seemed endless.

At this stage, I’m not certain how I will proceed. But visit again after I prototype several different ideas. Then I can reflect on the good, bad, and very ugly.

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