All of our rustic wood pallet signs are made in our shop but we wanted to share how we build our signs in case you wanted to build them yourself. Anyone with the right tools, materials, and patience can do what we do in our shop every day to make your very own DIY rustic wood pallet sign. This post is a step by step guide on how to build your own rustic wood sign.
Old Pallets, used pallets are a great source for wood. The only disadvantage is that they are large and awkward and whoever is giving them away will most likely not be offering to transport them to you.
Old fences, decks, or barns, old fences, decks, or barns are also a great choice for a rustic wood sign. When they become available they are usually inexpensive or free. Similar to old pallets you will probably have to make arrangements to pick up or even disassemble the wood structure. Please take caution, most wood that is used for decks or fences have been pressure treated to make them weather resistant. We do not recommend sanding or modifying pressure-treated lumber unless you have the proper face and eye protection as well as the proper ventilation when working with the material. If in doubt then please plan on working on the material outside to ensure your safety. In addition, we recommend using weather-treated lumber for exterior signs only to ensure safety within your home.
If your sign is an exterior sign or will be subject to abuse or constant handling we recommend using a protective coat on it. Typically we use a clear coat of polyurethane on all of our signs after the letters are installed, to help ensure that it will last for years. Again, you have the ability to choose a sheen with polyurethane from a “satin” all the way up to a glossy.