Custom Built Wood House Sign

8 Materials
3 Hours

One of my childhood best friends sent me a picture of a house sign from Etsy and asked if I could make her one, my answer SURE I will give it a try :)

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Gather supplies

My friend sourced the numbers in her choice of style size and color. I sourced the wood and stains.

The 1"X2" framing wood pieces were cut to fit the required 23" X 12 1/2" house sign final size. Once cut they were sanded smooth on all edges then stained using Varathane's aged wood accelerator.

Pre Drill holes

So not to split the wood, pilot holes were drilled for the screws to connect the frame together.

There is an in depth tutorial on my blog that can give further details.

Glue well

Wood glue was generously applied on the pre cut to the final size birch plywood backing piece (these edges were hand sanded as well), the ebony boards were then set into the glue in place and the screwed frame around them.

Secure with power nailer

When this first coat of sealer was dry after a few days the entire sign was flipped over and the boards power nailed from the backside.


For outdoor use, tung oil is a good sealer. I brushed on the first coat with about 10% mineral spirits added to help absorb into the wood fibers. In total 4 coats were applied with each coat drying many days between. After each coat it was lightly sanded as well with a sponge sander. The backing was sealed with a coat as well to help keep all the wood sealed for years of use.

I used tung oil on my outdoor deck tables with great success.

Affix numbers

The numbers were positioned, marked and holes drilled.


And here it is held on my home as a demo, what do you think?

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  • Karen Karen on Nov 15, 2020

    So appealing yet so simple and easy to make. Thanks for sharing. Stay safe everyone worldwide against the Covid-19 virus 😷

  • Teresa Teresa on Nov 15, 2020

    I love this project but it says it’s a 3 hour project. Not sure how that time was decided?

    • Creative Moments Creative Moments on Nov 15, 2020

      Cutting all the wood, dry fitting, staining 2 colors 2 coats, gluing, drilling, screwing, oiling 3 coats etc.. 3 hours is give or take depending as you may do these steps faster then us or slower :)