Making personalized wood signs is a fun hobby to get involved with. Not only do you get to create something you love with your own personal touch, you also have the option of marketing what you make and making a profit. There are many different things to consider though when getting into the wood crafting industry, from choosing the wood to putting the final touches on your project.
Choosing the wood
In order to make the best quality piece of wood for your personalized wood signs you may have to do some research on what type of wood will work best for you. There are some places you can go to buy pre-cut pieces of wood that you can use for your signs, or you can find the wood yourself, cut it any way you please, and then continue with your personal design and creation.
There are several different kinds of wood to use so let’s take a look at a few possibilities:
•Lime trees are known as the trees with a thousand uses. Lime wood is very versatile and can be used for making household items to different kinds of weaponry. The thing that makes lime wood great for wood signs is that it is great for carving crafts. So if you want to carve anything in your wood signs then lime wood is the way to go. Intricate details can be carved into the wood fairly easily as well as large carvings.
•Sycamore and Maple are also great woods with excellent working properties. They can be cut in any direction and both will give you a brilliant finish. This type of wood can also be bent and stained easily which makes it great for making signs among many other things.
•Birch wood is also an option because it is extremely versatile and uniform in appearance. It is as strong as oak but can be used to make just about anything you can think of. It’s the kind of wood you just want to always have lying around the house for any wood craft you want to start.
Cutting your wood
Every type of craft requires the right supplies and tools so you are going to have to think about going out to get what you need, or finding somewhere to go that will do your cuts for you. The benefit to having your own tools and supplies is that you can use them over and over again and never have to worry about running down to who knows where to have your boards cut the way you want them to be cut. Since you’re the one doing the cutting you know that it’s going to be done exactly the way you want it to be done. It’s also nice to have the tools you need if you’re going to be doing any type of carving in the sign. You can carve what you want and change it if you want at “no additional cost.” There are places however, that will make the cuts for you and that can put extra carving detail in your sign but most, if not all will charge a fee to do this; business is business right. Whichever way you decide to go is up to you, but if you really want to make your own signs and add your own personal touch to them, you will definitely want to consider buying your own things.
Making your sign
Once you have decided on the type of wood you want to use and how you will cut the wood and make your creations, you can start making your signs. Decide what you’re going to be using them for; business, art gallery, etc. You can now start creating and designing your personal wood signs just the way you want. If this is your first time working with wood then remember to take your time and to be careful working with the tools.
Making personalized wood signs can become one of your favorite hobbies, or it might become your next full time job. No matter what happens it will always be an adventure creating something with your own personal touch to it.