What’s it cost to produce this 23-by-32-in. sandblasted sign?
By David Showalter
Posted on Thursday, December 27th, 2018
Allwood western red cedar sign blank: $130
Sandblast mask: $45
Total materials: $205
Design: 20 minutes
Cut panel to shape: 25 minutes
Apply stencil masks: 65 minutes
Sandblast: 35 minutes
Rout edge: 10 minutes
Painting: 80 minutes
Total time: about 4 hours
I’ve done quite a few signs for private residences over the years. It started with a few signs for cottages at the lake and kept growing. Sometimes they come as the result of doing other sign work for someone. I have several signs like this in my display area and that has helped sell more of them. Some customers never think of getting a sign like that until they see that you do them.
Such is the case with this customer. I did truck lettering for their business and that led to a sign for a lake cottage. This one is for a winter home in Florida, which explains the theme.
The script on the sign is a font called A&S Cardiak. Rather than just use the text as you type it in, I like to massage it a little bit to make the lettering look more natural. We heavy it up and tweak the letter styles a little bit.
Here we made the W a little smaller and adjusted the letter spacing. You have to move things around a little based on the letters you have to work with. The numerals, by the way, are Percepta Bold from LetterheadFonts.com.
I like to use western red cedar sign blanks
for residence signs. These signs are often seen up close, and the natural woodgrain delivers a beautiful effect that is hard to match.
Residence signs are always fun to do, because the customer is enthusiastic about them. They want something unique and creative. They’re also more likely to leave the design work up to you, which always results in them getting your best work.