Wooden signs lend an air of old fashioned charm to businesses and home decor. As important as the sign itself, is the design of the wooden post the sign is attached to. There are several styles of wooden post you can use, depending on how you want to display the sign. There also is a variety of wood types to use to give sign posts character and durability. Making wooden sign posts is not only a fun and relaxing hobby, but can lead to a profitable business.
Tools and Material
Use a power saw for the initial cutting of a sign post. Other tools may come in handy for decorative purposes, including a carving knife and chisel, power engraver and a wood burning pen. Paint, varnish and brushes should also be part of your toolbox.
Just about any wood type will work, but ash, pine and oak are durable and relatively inexpensive. To save even more money, skip buying raw wood from a lumber yard and gather it yourself. Wood picked up from a trip to the woods or forest lends more natural charm to your posts.
Bring raw wood material to your work area and prepare it for shaping. Determine the size of a post by measuring for the desired height of the sign to be displayed. If the post will be sunk into the ground, add a foot to the height to maintain the original height you intend. Natural wood you gather may have bark on it. You can strip the bark off and set it aside to use for ornamental decorations or leave it on for a completely natural look. To help deter decay, soak wood in salt water overnight.
Sign Post Design
Use engraving and wood burning tools to add decorative touches. Wood burning is an easy way to add names, numbers, and design patterns to posts. The wood burnt areas can be left as they are or painted. Another design element that adds an artistic touch is scalloping, which can be done with a hammer and chisel or a power carver. If you feel especially creative, you can do a three dimensional carving in your post with a power carver. Finish posts with clear wood stain for maximum protection, especially if the posts will be used outdoors.