How do you make custom sign boards?


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To make a custom sign board, determine the appropriate size, select a font, pick colors, choose a material, build a hanging apparatus or sign-stand, and construct the sign. Some websites offer step-by-step guides for creating different types of signs, including wooden signs, chalkboard signs or painted signs.

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MakeSigns.com offers an online sign building template for putting together a custom sign and then ordering it for a fee. BuildASign.com offers a similar service and advertises itself as the world's largest online sign retailer. Additionally, Pintrest.com displays user-generated lists of beautiful and unique signs for inspiration.

Signs can be constructed out of acrylic, aluminum, various plastics, oilcloth, vinyl, corrugated plastic, wood, paper or poster board. Sign-making shops often use specialized tools such as laser cutting or CNC routing to make precision cuts, screen-printing or printmaking to make exact prints, and laminating processes to protect signs from corrosion.

When building a custom sign without screen-printing or printmaking capabilities, stenciling is the next best option for making precise prints. Grainger.com offers an array of professional stenciling products with sizes ranging from 1 inch to 18 inches for lettering and large sizes for common commercial signage. Specialized stencils can be flexible, reusable, and purchased as letter or number sets. Disposable stencils can be constructed using print paper and templates pulled from word-processing fonts.

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