V-Carved Cutting Style
When people think about traditional carved wood signs, this is most likely what they think of. The text is routed into the
surface of the sign, using a "V" shaped bit leaving the walls of the letter angled to meet in the center of the letter. This
forms a "V" shaped cross-section. V-Carved wood signs have more detail than other types of carved signs and can be
cut with a variety of different fonts, giving the customer the most dimensional value for the money. Nearly all of our
V-Carved Custom Routed wood signs will come with a matching chamferred border except of course special styles such
as "Log" or "Flip Flop" which look best without the border.
Coreboxed Cutting Style
Coreboxed wood signs are cut with a rounded bit which leaves a nice smooth look to the lettering and a uniform width
making them very easy to read from a distance. The corebox style lends a more rustic appeal to wood signs which is
especially fitting for camping signs, farm signs, playground signs, etc. This style is also a great choice for signs that
people will be reading at a glance, or while driving past them. The coreboxed routing style is a fantastic choice for
address plaques. However, the number of fonts available for corebox cutting is limited to only a few "single Line" type
choices. Most of our Coreboxed Custom Routed Wood Signs will come with a matching border except for special styles
such as "Log" or "Flip Flop" which look best without the border.
Matching Borders to compliment the routing style
We offer two distinctively different routing styles, V-carved and Coreboxed.
Western Red Cedar is lighter in color than Eastern Cedar, only slightly darker than pine or spruce with a similar, but more defined grain
pattern. It has all of the properties above, making it right at home in the outdoors. Western Red Cedar is a fine choice for personalized wood signs or
wood plaques that will be displayed indoors as well.
Most of our competitors sell their signs UNFINISHED or use POLY-URETHANE type finishes. Urethane finishes lay on top of the wood rather than
penetrating into it. Over time, poly's will yellow and peel away from the wood, allowing the wood to turn gray in a very short period of time. Some offer
SPAR Urethanes which have much better moisture protection than regular Poly's but still don't compare to the PREMIUM FINISH that we use.
Your choice of Eastern or Western Red Cedar for your Exterior Personalized Wood Signs.
We use only the best finishes on our Exterior Custom Routed Wooden Signs.
The text on your Exterior Custom Routed Wood Sign will be painted black. It will then be sanded and treated to a generous coating of our Premium
Finish which is a Cedar tinted, blend of Alkyd Resin and Oils which penetrates into the wood to provide your custom wood sign with superior
protection against the elements.
This finish starts with superb water repellent properties to keep moisture out and guard the wood further against warping and checking. This
finish also contains an Anti-Fungal agent with properties to further prevent rot and decay. It then goes a step further by adding a UV Inhibitor
to help protect the wood from the sun's damaging rays, significantly slowing the aging or "graying" process. ("3-5 years with direct exposure to the
elements" According to the manufacturer). A little light sanding and another coat of finish every few years and your sign will look brand new again.
This finish is not shiny. It will leave your custom routed wood sign looking very natural. The finish will then slowly weather over time with the
wood to maintain a natural wood hue.
We personally recommend displaying your Custom Wood Sign on a porch or under an overhang (in a spot with at least partial protection from the
sun) whenever possible to keep it looking beautiful for the longest possible period of time.
Some people prefer the gray or "AGED" look. If you would prefer your custom wood sign to turn gray in a shorter period of time, please send us a
note when you checkout to "Paint the text but leave Unfinished".
Unfinished Western Red Cedar
Finished Western Red Cedar
Your choice of Red Oak, Eastern, or Western Red Cedar for Interior Custom Routed Wood Signs and Plaques
Red Oak is a beautifully grained hardwood that is best suited for interior use. It is a very durable wood that will retain its beauty for many decades
without refinishing. Red oak is not recommended for exterior signs or where it will be in direct contact with water. Red Oak is full of tannic acid
which when mixed with the iron in water creates a chemical blue dye. Red oak stains black when water is allowed to penetrate the surface.
Our Red Oak Interior Custom Routed Wooden Signs and Plaques come with black painted or natural text. Then, they are finished with your
choice of either Golden Oak or Red Mahogany stain followed by 3 coats of Polyurethane sealer, sanded smooth between each coat. This process
helps to protect your custom routed wood sign from moisture, makes it easier to keep clean, and provides it with a great looking "shiny" finish.
(You may also choose unpainted text and/or just the poly without the stain for a more natural look).
Our Cedar Interior Wood Signs and Plaques will be finished in the same manner as our Exterior wood signs.
Golden Oak finish on Red Oak
Red Mahogany finish on Red Oak
Unfinished Red Oak
Please Contact Us for pricing (generally $5-$15 extra) if you would like Red Oak instead of Cedar.
Shipping and Turnaround Times
We don't like surprises while checking out any more than you do so, During our Current SPECIAL, All of Our Prices Include FREE Priority
Shipping to the lower 48 States!! (a $6-$20 Savings!)
We will be happy to ship outside of the states for an additional fee. Please contact us for a quote.
We ship most packages(except a few of our smallest one's) USPS Priority Mail (2-5 days). It usually takes just a few days from the time we
receive your approval for your Custom Wood Sign or Plaque to be routed, painted, sanded, and finished. Sometimes finishing time is slightly
longer due to high humidity slowing the drying time. Rest assured that JRWOODSIGNS will get your wood sign shipped to you as quickly as we
possibly can without compromising quality. Normally, you will receive your order within 7 to 10 days. Sometimes in only a few days, especially
with quick design approval from you and an East coast shipping destination. Due to the many different sizes of wooden signs, we make our
own boxes from reclaimed or recycled cardboard. They may not always be the prettiest boxes but it keeps some stuff out of the land fills and
also keeps costs down which saves you a few bucks on the price of your custom routed Cedar wood signs!
Eastern Cedar, also known as "Aromatic Cedar" is the species most commonly used for cedar chests, closet linings, coat racks, and shoe trees
due to it's wonderful aroma. Eastern Cedar is darker than Western Cedar with much more of a "red" tone. It usually has light streaks within the
grain making making it a beautiful wood for signs and plaques. Left unfinished, Eastern Cedar will also act as a natural air freshener which is perfect
for helping with those "manly" odors emanating from the "Man Cave" or odors associated with pet areas. When the "air freshening" quality subsides,
all you have to do is rub it lightly with a piece of fine sandpaper(on the back or edges preferably) and it's wonderful natural aroma will return.
Eastern Cedar also has the same properties as Western, such as a natural ability to resist moisture, decay and insect damage, as well as warping,
and checking or cracking. It is also an ideal choice for Wood Signs that will be exposed to the harsh outdoor elements. I personally prefer to use
unfinished Eastern Cedar over Western for interior signs and plaques due to it's more beautifully defined grain patterns and wonderful aroma.
Cedar shares nearly all of the same desirable properties as Redwood but is much more readily available and therefore is more practical as well
as economical. Cedar is one of the world's most durable woods. It's natural beauty combined with it's ability to resist moisture, decay and insect
damage has made it the premier choice for both interior and exterior use. Cedar has double the stability of most commonly available softwoods.
It lies flat, stays straight, and holds fastenings tightly. If left unfinished, Cedar will slowly weather over time to a beautiful silvery color. If you
prefer this "aged" look, which many people do, please be sure to send us a note to leave your personalized wood sign unfinished. This aging
process will still happen with finished wood signs but the process will take a much longer period of time. Cedar's natural resistance to moisture,
decay and insect damage make it ideal for Wood Signs that are exposed to sun, rain, heat and cold all year round. Properly cared for, Cedar will
last for decades, even in the harshest environments.
Unfinished Eastern Cedar
Finished Eastern Red Cedar
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