Timber signs looks especially great in properties and décor with a laid-back vibe like beachfront homes and bush shacks.
To make a timber sign use a long piece of weathered 170 x 35mm board to carve a sign by hand or using a power chisel.
To finish, weatherproof the newly exposed timber with oil or varnish and hang it at eye level using rope.
TIP: Choose hardwood as it gives cleaner edges than softwood.
Step 1. Prepare the templates
Scale up and print the letters and decorative motifs then cut them out using a utility knife.
TIP: Use heavyweight paper of about 200gsm to make the templates easier to mark around
Step 2. Position the letters
Use double-sided tape to position the templates, marking around the letters with a coloured pencil or scoring with a utility knife.
Position the decorative motifs, marking around them on the timber using a small V shape chisel.
Step 3. Etch out the letters
Use a V shape chisel to cut along the centre of the letters, making several passes and going deeper each time until the letter is almost cut to width.
TIP: Have a sharpening stone handy to hone the chisels regularly