Author Archives: SignCraft Magazine

Great-looking interior signs the easy way

Like many shops, Dennis Stanworth, Stanworth Signs, often gets requests for interior signs. Since these signs are seen at arm’s length, he wanted… Read More

Install a sign on two posts the easy way

Installing a sign that is mounted on two posts is a fairly routine project in the sign world. Being able to do that… Read More

Use paints and finishes to add value

Source list: Paints and finishes 1Shot Paints: Lettering and bulletin enamels, background finishes, specialty finishes Akzo Nobel: Base coat/clear coat paint system… Read More

Create a finish with the look of brass or pewter

The look metal makes for an interesting effect on letters and graphics, and we like to use that. Here’s our formula for a… Read More

Design & Price: 32-sq.-ft. freestanding sign

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

Raychel O’Donoghue

Shop name: Lexington Signs and Graphics Shop size: 2000 sq. ft. Staff: Two, part-time Graphics equipment: Roland VG-540 printer/cutter Graphtec 30-in. plotter Online:… Read More

Timely Signs

Owners: Paul and Joe Beichert Shop size: 15,000 sq. ft. Staff: 19 Age: Paul, 46 and Joe, 42 Graphics equipment: Two Roland XR-640… Read More


Thanks, Bob Fitzgerald! Dear SignCraft, Every sign painter has one or two names in their memory of those who helped them and were… Read More

Max Chamberlin

Before his death at 24 in a tragic accident, Max Chamberlin had spent a good deal of his life growing up and working… Read More

Shop Trucks

Send us a photo of your shop truck today at or to SignCraft, P.O. Box 60031, Fort Myers, FL 33906. Read this… Read More

Signs We’ve Seen

We’d like to see your work! …or photos of signs you’ve seen. Email them today to or mail to SignCraft, PO Box… Read More

Tips & Tricks

Brackets for post mounted signs I’ve used this method for most of my post-mounted signs over the years. It’s an aluminum bracket that… Read More

Put a little curve on it

You see a lot of flat signs, and you see a fair amount of 3D signs with flat layers—but you don’t see very… Read More

Get great design ideas on your phone every day

One thing you never have enough of in the sign business is fresh ideas and design inspiration. You’re constantly pressed to come up… Read More

Small Balls

-0 +2 tolerance acrylic braille balls in white, black, gray, clear, stainless steel and brass finishes for ADA signs, plus the EZ Bit… Read More

Matthews Paints

Manufactures a wide variety of durable finishes for the sign industry

ShopBot Tools

ShopBot offers affordable CNC equipment for sign makers and the HandiBot, a smart power tool for cutting and machining in the shop or… Read More

Design & Price: 4-by-16-ft. storefront sign

In every issue, SignCraft gives a few sign makers an imaginary project. We ask them to do a sketch of the sign they… Read More

Step-by-step: Traditional airbrushed lettering

Jersey-style truck lettering, with its gradient blends, custom-designed lettering and chrome effects, has much of its roots in race car lettering and rock-and-roll… Read More

Sign panels and substrates at work

Sourcelist: substrates Aluminum composite material/ACM 3A Composites USA Grimco Laminators Inc. Mitsubishi Plastic Composites Nudo Products Inc. United Industries Engraving materials Duets by… Read More