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Installing a double post

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Instructions for your double post installation: It is important that you follow these instructions for relatively easy installation. 1…At the location that you want the sign placed, dig two post holes, atappropriate distance or space between post, making sure that the holes are parallel to the direction you intend the sign to face. Post hole diggers usually create holes approximately 6 inches in diameter. If you indicated that you wanted the signs to be 72″ off the ground. You will need to dig the post holes approximately 2 ft deep in...

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Hanging a Sign with Keyholes

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Most of our signs have Keyholes installed in the back of the sign. The following will help you hang your sign…. !..measure the distance between the narrow part of the keyhole on one edge (2nd & 3rd picture) 2..transfer that measurement to your wall (or post) by making a mark on the wall and then a second mark at the measured distance. It helps to use a leveling tool to keep these holes at equal heights from the floor. 3..Using plastic anchors available from any home store…drill a hole per the size of the anchor. If...

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Mounting and installing a posted sign.

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many people want their sign mounted to a post. Signs with keyhole can be easily attached to posts in much the same way as hanging the sign on a wall. (you can refer to our post on keyhole slots) To install the post in the ground….dig a post hole…typical post hole digger creates a 6 inch round hole. make the hole at least 1/3 plus a little for bedding rock, the depth of the entire length of post.. (a three foot post would be buried 1 foot. Now drop into the hole.. 3/4 rock or gravel about two or three inches…Then place the...

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How Do I Refinish My Sign

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How do I refinish my sign. It is sad but true, some day, you will have to refinish your sign to give it the just made look. Be it an outdoor sign facing the elements or indoors with to much sun through the window, there comes a time to decide. If you do nothing, eventually, the finish will flake off and the wood will start to grey out. This process takes a few years but it will happen unless you refinish. At Dougswoodsigns.com….we use a few different finishes and over the years have changed products. We use to do a lot of shows and needed a...

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How Do I Do That…Vol 3

Posted by on Dec 30, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How Do I Do That Vol 3 Hello again from dougswoodsigns.com….Now that you have a router picked out to do your free hand carving, it’s time to look at the router bits I use to create the various fonts and art work that I use on my custom wooden signs. I have been surprised to find that some carvers only use one or two bits. A local carver told me once that all his work is done with a straight cut bit. His work is nice, for sure. What caught my attention was the limited amount of variation that could be produced with only one router bit...

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How Do You Do That Vol 2

Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Welcome back……Many questions regarding what tools do I use to carve a routed wood sign. Complaints from craftsman regarding not being able to control the router while free hand carving are common. In my first attempts to free hand carve with my router, I discovered that a large router in the 1 1/2 to 2 horsepower range which most of us have seemed to be too heavy and bulky to control easily. I research my problem and found that some successful router carvers were using trim routers, typically 3/4 to 1 horsepower in a much small package....

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How do you do that?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Doug’s Wood Signs have done a lot of County Fairs and Street Festivals over the last year. These multi day events where we are hard at work designing and routing hand carved wood signs has revealed to us some consistencies. Out of the corner of my eye as I am routing a wood sign, I see a man standing close by observing what I’m doing. If I stop to ask if I can help him….remember, we are there to sell signs….. many times the response is “just watching what your doing”. Sometimes they will engage in conversation and...

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Design Ideas

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Design Ideas We recognize that when Doug’s Wood Signs does a Festival or a County Fair, that many of the buyers are making spur of the moment decisions the buy a custom wooden sign. Then indecision sets in as they try to determine what to put on the sign. No matter how many custom made wood signs we have on display to help them decide, the process is still hard. Of course, wooden name signs are always a first choice and sometimes they want a quotation or saying. we will help them with the layout by showing previous cedar wood signs that...

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Gift Ideas

Posted by on Aug 4, 2012 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Gift Ideas How often we face the dilemma of trying to find the perfect gift for that special someone or in our haste, we buy something and the desired effect is not achieved. I would like to tell you about something that happened at the Mason County Fair last week. Doug’s Wood Signs was making signs in our booth when a young couple came up to inquire about our making a Custom Wood Sign for someone special in their lives. It turns out that they were exhibitors of a Dog Showing Program at the fair and that they had been helped again this...

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Olympia Harbor Days

Posted by on Jul 25, 2012 in Updates | 0 comments

Would you believe it, Labor Day is only about a month away.  We’ve been so busy here at Doug’s Wood Signs that we hardly notice how fast the summer is flying by.  We enjoy being able to make Personalized Wood Signs for people at our outdoor venues.  One of the best outdoor entertainment and shopping experiences is coming up on labor day.  Olympic Harbor Days is a great opportunity to see old time antique wooden boats along with entertainment and lots of shopping opportunities including a chance to buy a Cedar Wood Sign from...

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