Last year I completed a nice solid cedar sign for FW Cobs. Here is a quick run through the process for it.
First off we have the Client approved 3D Pre-visualisation of the final sign. After getting sign off on the design I went ahead and glued up the stock material. In this case I used Western Red Cedar. The stock block was then planed down smooth to final thickness.
Here we can see some of the tooling passes. Starting off with the roughing pass to remove all the unecessary material and bring out the final shapes, and second image shows the V-carving pass, which brings out all the detail and lettering in the sign.
The final sign turned out really good. I used Saman brand dyes to get the colors, matching to the clients existing logo. With a few good coats of Defthane to seal it from the elements.
Finally, I brought it to my friends at Pop Bam Vintage to crate the sign up, all safe for shipping.
Here it is installed in it's new home, on the F.W. Cobs farm in Vermont.
How it's made.
We completed the LUX visual effects company sign in august of 2010, it was made from local storm-fall western red maple. The tree fell not far from where the CNC machine shop is.
The sign measures 66" wide by 39" tall, and 3" deep. The lighting and the backdrop were completed by another company.