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Wooden Signs, House Signs
Large Wood Signage

Wooden Signs, Name Plates & Wood Plaques

High quality wooden signs to suit all budgets. Huge amount of choice in timbers, fonts and images.

Our North Devon workshop is where the crafting of our wooden signs takes place. On-site, we hold a wide range of timbers, our most popular timber being the classic Oak. We love the beautiful grain of this timber and know that it makes high quality, long-lasting signs.

Popular alternatives include Sapele and Iroko. The deep red tones of the Sapele timber are distinctive and the timber itself is still strong. Iroko continues to increase in popularity for wooden signs because of its high oil content and low maintenance (see our Gallery for examples of the timber in action).

A beautiful Iroko wood house sign with the farthing image on it.

We have experience in creating everything from small, wooden house signs, to large entrance signage and wooden signs for commercial and business use. It is this experience that means we can work with you to create a wooden sign to be proud of.

Funny wooden sign. Beautiful farm sign on posts. Varnished thick oak sign. Wooden sign morticed into posts. Wooden farm sign with image of a sheep.

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Oak signs - made to measure.

Wooden Signs - Oak
The majestic appearance of Oak makes this a popular timber here at The Sign Maker. We often use Oak for wooden house signs, not just because it is beautiful, but because it is strong, durable and weighty. When maintained correctly, Oak can last a lifetime which is an attractive quality for using Oak to make house signs, as well as to craft business and commercial signage. The grain and colour of Oak are distinctive and the textures of the wood are unique, so these signs will stand out. We also make large oak signs for farms and estates.

Wooden sign with fine detail.

Elegant Range of Wooden House Signs
When smaller details and more intricate designs are needed, The Sign Makers range of elegant wooden signs will be the perfect fit for you. We can use more delicate fonts with finer details and engrave the lettering into the wood at a smaller size. This is ideal if you’re looking to include a more wordy design on your sign. 

Iroko wood sign for easy maintenance.

Iroko Wood Sign
The stability of Iroko makes it a popular timber. Similar in appearance to Teak, it is a hardwood wich is stable with a high density and high natural oil content. The oil increases Iroko’s durability which makes it the ideal timber for outdoor signage. It is a timber which can be left untreated, although oiling a couple of times a years keeps your wooden sign looking as new.

Sapele wood house sign.

Sapele Wooden House Sign
Its rich, lustrous, and variable reddish-brown colour give it a mahogany-like appearance. However, unlike most mahoganies, Sapele has substantially less movement in service. It is also even harder than oak. Very good value timber for wooden signs. Also excellent for painted wooden signs,

Wooden signs in durable chestnut.

Wooden Signs - Chestnut
Sweet chestnut, often dubbed the "poor man's oak," is viewed by us as a good alternative to oak. Despite its similar appearance and dense grain, it boasts a high tannin content, rendering it highly durable. While not as structurally robust as oak, it serves superbly for wooden house signs. Basically it looks good for longer and is cheaper.

Engraved wood plaques

Wooden Signs and Name Plates for Indoors
Solid wooden plaques in 5mm maple, walnut, cherry and oak are ideal for indoor wooden signs and plaques including office door name plates. There is also a wood veneer which is is 3mm thick and perfect for engraved wood plaques, key-rings and trophies.

Driftwood Effect Oak Sign. Wooden signs with raised letters.

Driftwood Effect Signs
These are very unusual signs and really do show the grain of the wood. The letters are slightly proud, and the background is sand blasted away leaving the driftwood effect. We use the following timbers - Iroko, Red Cedar, Oak or Sapele (similar to mahogany)   Oak has the most pronounced driftwood grain effect but the least depth to the letters.

Cherry is a lovely timber for wooden signs.

Cherry Wood House Signs
This lovely timber reddens when exposed to sunlight and the colour improves with age.

Red Cedar Signs

Red Cedar Signs
Cedar has a high tannin content producing excellent weathering characteristic. The timber also has a very short grain resulting in minimal checking and warping. Extremely durable for many years of use. The timber can be oiled for a rich finish or left untreated to weather to a beautiful silver grey colour. This is a good option if you want a wooden sign without having to look after it!

Wooden house number - iroko & rustic.

Wooden House Numbers
These are made in oak, rustic, cherry, Sapele and iroko. They are available in a variety of sizes, fonts and can be done with or without borders. Extra text can be added under the number.

Oval wooden plaque on a post

Round and Oval Signs & Wooden Plaques
These lovely house signs and wooden plaques are made in various sizes using Oak or Iroko. Iroko, similar to teak is a useful hardwood in that it is full of its own own. Oak is very beautiful but must be well maintained to stay looking at its best. Wording and images are engraved into the wood using our latest laser technology and painted if required. Made to order sizes also available.

Hanging oval wood sign on a bracket.

Rustic wooden sign with squirrel image.

Rustic Timber Slices
Rustic timber slices make interesting house signs. Each piece of timber is different, so each sign is individual. The bark is left on, and the whole sign is varnished. They are made in 6 sizes - from 150mm to 600mm (6" to 2') These are ideal for house signs, house numbers and even be used as memorials.

Rustic wooden signs

Wooden sign morticed into posts.

Wooden Entrance Signs
This are available as natural oak varnished, iroko oiled or various painted timbers. Large range of colours. Ideal for the end of a drive or at the entrance to your home. Various standard sizes or made to order. Can be mortised or front fixed with options for post tops.

Painted wooden sign morticed into posts.

Painted wooden ladder sign with arroes on the post.

Wooden Ladder Signs
Wooden ladder signs are ideal where several houses share a drive or at the entrance of a business park. There is lots of choices in timber, sizes as well as the number of signs on the posts. They can be front fixed or mortised in. They can be painted in tough commercial two pack paint, satin varnished or oiled.

Front fixed wooden ladder sign made from oak and satin varnished.

Hockey Stick Verge Sign

Hockey Stick Verge Signs
A simple but effective house sign which can be buried into the grass verge at your property entrance. These are normally made from very long lasting painted tricoya board which is 18mm thick and cut into the shape of a hockey stick. Tricoya is a wood based board made using a high performance resin. It is very stable, strong, durable and weatherproof.

Alternatively verge signs can be made from strips of oak which our carpenters bend and laminated together. The text is then sand carved and painted.

Oak Verge Sign

Very stable accoya wooder - excellent for large wooden signs

Painted Wooden Signs
As well as our natural wooden signs, finished with varnish or oiled, we craft a range of painted wooden signs in a huge range of colours. The main timbers used is Sapele - a fast growing sustainable hardwood which is very stable. We also use the wood base board - Tricoya. It is very stable, strong, durable and weatherproof. Tricoya itself comes with a 50 year guarantee.

Painted sign with hardwood frame edge.

Large Signage

Large Wooden Signage
We use five timbers for the large signs - Oak, Iroko, Sapele, Red Cedar & Douglas Fir - each having particular advantages and disadvantages. All timbers are at least 1 inch 25mm thick but can be as much as 47mm. We can make boards up to almost any size. The large oak signs are the most popular choice, but other timber should also be considered.

Balau, Ash, Cherry

Which Timber to Use

This pages describes how the signs are made and has full details of each of the different timbers we use. These include oak, sapele, douglas fir, cherry, cedar, balau, opepe, sycamore, ash and iroko.

directional  post

Timber Posts
We have a selection of post options both in softwood and oak

Hanging Sign Brackets
Steel and wrought iron brackets ideal for hanging wooden signs

Wrought Iron Brackets are avaiable for hanging signs

Wooden finger posts both in natural oak or painted wood

Finger Posts
There are various options with the finger posts. Wooden finger posts can be made from natural oak or iroko with 70mm or 95mm posts. The large posts can be octagonal or square. There is also a range of painted wooden finger posts. You can have one finger or up to seven fingers on a post.

Post with arm for hanging sign

Post with Arm for Hanging Signs
These can be made with oak, iroko, sapele or softwood and are ideal for hanging signs and are available natural wood, oiled, varnished or painted in a number of Farrow and Ball colours. The posts is 8 foot high and the arm is made to suit the sign.

Selection of Images and ideas to help you decide on your wooden sign or memorial

More Ideas for Wooden Signs, Name Plates and Memorials
If your are not sure of how you would like your wooden sign or memorial to look and are in need of inspiration, have a quick look at this page first. It contains lots of photos of wooden signs and wooden memorial plaques we have made for our customers. We have included details about each plaque. Just click on the photos for more information.

We always aim to protect the wood as best as we can from the harsh weather conditions that signs can be exposed to. The wooden signs are firstly treated with fungicide (a chemical that destroys fungus). Then, they are treated with either Devon Oil, Osmo Oil or Commercial Satin Varnish. Varnished signs receives a base coat, three top coats and a final coat of Woodcare Milk to prolong the lifespan of the wood as far as possible. 

Every now and again we sort out our wood racks to clear out the oddments.
We have made them into sign blanks and put them up as Special Offers

For more ideas have a look at our Image Gallery or Pinterest Board Finishing Treatment for Wooden Signs
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