Dimensional Wood Sign Making Part II

Robert Wade shares part II of a guide for dimensional wood sign making, including signage and local ordinances, promoting your business, pricing and selling wood signs and written contracts.

| January/February 1976

  • Part II of a guide to wood sign making. Dimensional wood creations can serve as interior decorations as well as signs. Robert Wade created this mosaic design for a local bank.
    Part II of a guide to wood sign making. Dimensional wood creations can serve as interior decorations as well as signs. Robert Wade created this mosaic design for a local bank.
    Photo by the MOTHER EARTH NEWS staff

  • Part II of a guide to wood sign making. Dimensional wood creations can serve as interior decorations as well as signs. Robert Wade created this mosaic design for a local bank.

Learn more from part II of this guide for dimensional wood sign making and how to make a profit in this small business venture.

Read part I of the sign making series: Dimensional Wood Sign Making as a Home Business.

Dimensional Wood Sign Making Part II

As I mentioned in the first half of this two part article, I believe that handsome, well designed, carefully crafted wooden signs are an asset to any landscape or city scene at least compared to the plastic and neon obscenities which now line most thoroughfares. I was pleased then in MOTHER NO. 36 to have the opportunity to share what I know about carving, routing, and otherwise constructing dimensional wood signs. The faster I can turn others on to my trade, the faster we'll have beautiful signs decorating our commercial environment.

Of course, I'm sure that the above view of my self employment enterprise is somewhat colored by the fact that I personally like the wooden sign business because it furnishes me with an outlet for my creative nature and it gives me an opportunity to work with beautiful woods.



You, however, may not be quite so aesthetically inclined. If not, so be it. I can still make a pretty good dollars and sense argument in favor of my wooden sign enterprise.

By working at just a reasonable pace, you see, you should be able to make $10,000 a year constructing dimensional wooden signs. You'll be your own boss in the process. And, if you maintain careful records, you'll be able to keep most of that $200 a week. Because you'll be able to deduct from your income tax the cost of all business supplies, at least part of the rent or mortgage you pay for your workshop, office, or studio, and the major expenses you incur from the operation of the automobile you now drive to work (if you do).






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