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creating a sign...


well folks I need sum help here my wife would like for me to make a sign for her sister an brother-inlaw's farm, for xmas...  i want to use hard wood not pine  she would like it to be 3' x 3' an weather proof to withstand anything; she wants me to use plywood what do u think i'm really not to sure bout that; as i was gonna burn an carve out my design in the wood.... Any an all suggestions would be helpfull an in a timely manner please....

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American Woodworker Editors wrote re: creating a sign...
on 12-23-2009 11:28 AM

Weather is tough on almost any wood; especially plywood.Plan to finish with spar varnish or paint. A precoat of West System clear epoxy will really seal out the water and stabilize the wood for years.  Epoxy still needs to be coated with a coat of varnish. Most epoxies will degrade from UV light if not coated.