What’s it cost to produce this 12-by-16 entrance sign?
HDU and PVC board make a durable solution
By Braun Bleamer
Posted on Tuesday, April 30th, 2019
4 sheets 2-in. HDU board: $1600
CNC cutting/routing: $660
1-in. PVC board: $240
2X6 pressure-treated stock: $150
Hardware and miscellaneous supplies: $80
Total materials: $2830
Design/sales: 1.5 hours
Cut/assemble panels: 4.5 hours
Cut/install letters: 1.5 hours
Prime/paint panels: 4 hours
Mount letters: 4.5 hours
Total labor: 16 hours
They call Country Junction the world’s largest general store, and it may well be. People come from all over to shop there. They sell everything from craft stuff to building materials—it’s a pretty unusual place. They came to me for a 3D sign to replace the flat sign above their entry.
I designed it to use the materials as efficiently as possible, so it ended up being 16-ft. wide and about 12 ft. tall. The main panel was made out of four sheets of 2-in. thick Corafoam HDU board
and the letters were cut from 1-in. PVC board. They provided a print of their logo, but it was a “copy of a copy of a copy.” It was getting distorted so I had to clean it up.