Engraved wood sign in a traditional style

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stained and painted wood sign

We have just completed this very traditional rectangular engraved wood sign for a customer.

The sign measures 580mm long x 150mm high, has deeply engraved letters and an engraved surrounding frame with rounded corners to complement the design.

As the requirement for this job was for a dark red finish on the wood, with black letters, we elected to use a traditional spirit based stain protected with a clear satin finish. The sign is to be installed in a protected location above a doorway underneath a veranda.

The timber used was a reclaimed piece of cedar, salvaged from the stiles of an  old door many years previously. It had the old finish removed and was planed and sanded to a smooth finish, before cutting to size.

unfinished engraved wood sign

To obtain the required red colour we started with a clear spirit based carrier and added a mahogany tint until the desired depth of colour was achieved. This was applied to the sanded wood sign with a cloth to give the desired effect.

The sign was then top coated with two coats of a clear water based finish for protection, before the engraved lettering was hand painted with a black acrylic paint.

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