How do you choose the right wood for your projects?
Let’s go through the steps, and explain why this wood works best.
Step 1: Know Your Materials
Once you’ve found a good color, then you can start looking at what materials you need to make the sign. I’m going to take a quick look at the following pieces of wood:
1. The White Board
This is a basic piece of wood in the table saw market, and is great for finishing projects. The boards are usually just about 1.5’X.
2. 3/4 x 3′ Red Board
This is essentially the same thing, but for 3/4″x3″ boards. I have mine made from the above board.
3. 5/8 x 6″ Blue Boards
My 2.5’x3.5″ version is called the “Blue board,” due to the small “w” shape on the boards.
4. Black boards
I would recommend any 2.5″x3″ board for your 3/4″x3″ boards. I use black boards, which are available from online stores. For instance, http://www.woodshop.tv/Products/2.5×3.5-Wood-Flat and http://www.mikewendig.net/tools/wood/3200/2.5×3.5-5.5.2-3.5×3-Black.
5. 1/2 wood
What this means is: the 1/2″ board is what you need. Here’s a little more info from the above links for the best 1/2″ boards: http://www.woodshop.tv/Products/1.3×2-4-1.3×2-5.5-4.3×5-1.3×2-Wood.htm
Step 2: Start Making the Sign
You’ll need to find the most appropriate tool for your project. This is always important since most tools are expensive!
If the board will be glued, you’ll need a glue stick or a glue gun. If you aren’t certain of what you’ll need, ask a friend or a neighbor. If you are glueing, you’ll need 2 different types of glues. These are either epoxy or latex glue. You’ll need 1 epoxy and 2 latex in your sign,
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