DIY Herringbone Address Sign

7 Materials
3 Hours

Okay, here by popular demand. And by demand I mean 1/2 million friends on tiktok. Yep, that’s right. This video somehow hit over a half a million views. Pretty cool right?

I sure think so. But what I think is cooler is that you are interested in making your own!

So let’s get you all set and ready to DIY the cutest herringbone address sign ever.

Materials and supplies:

  • 1x6 board at 2 feet long (you could use a smaller board or smaller length).
  • 2 1x2 8” furring strips from Home Depot
  • House numbers/letters
  • Trim pieces or square dowels
  • Paint for trim/ stain for wood (if you want to stain them- I did not)
  • Polyurethane
  • wood glue
  • Brad nails or hammer/nails
  • sander
  • miter saw/circular saw
  • saw-tooth hanger for easy hanging
  • Speed square

The cool part of this project for me is that I had almost everything besides the address numbers and the furring strips in my shop. Something extra that I ordered after making the sign was vinyl siding hooks. These allowed me to hang this on my house without having to drill holes into my siding. I have linked the vinyl siding hooks here!

Alright, now to the fun part. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Mark your base board

First thing you will want to do is fine center on your base board (1x6 in my case). Then you will draw a line vertically down the center. This will end up being your template to lay the herringbone pattern.

Using a speed square, you want to create two 45 degree marking off of that center line. This will work as your outline for your herringbone pattern. I highly recommend not skipping this step; it will ensure you have a centered pattern.

Step 2: Cut , cut & cut

This part is a bit tedious but I promise you, if you set yourself a stopper block on your miter saw it will move WAY faster. You are going to cut your 1x2 boards into a ton of 5” pieces - the two boards will give you over 30 of these 5” pieces which was plenty for my 2’ board.

As always wear proper PPE when using any power tool (protective eye wear, closed toe shoes, hair back, no loose clothing/strings).

Step 3: sand & stain

Once you are done cutting, comes the more tedious part. But this is crucial to get a great finished look. You are going to want to sand all of the 5’ pieces as well as your base board. You could also paint/stain them but I chose to leave them raw and simply seal with an outdoor polyurethane for protection. Pine is a soft wood , so you want to be sure to protect it in the elements.

Step 4: Start assembling

Now for the moment, you’ve been waiting for. Start your pattern by lining the first of your 5”pieces exactly on/along your 45 degree marking. As pictured below. I wood glued and nailed them in as I went to prevent any frustration. You could lay the whole thing out first and then glue/nail if you’d like. I used my Rigid battery nailed with 18 gauge 1 inch brad nails. You could also use a hammer/nail if you don’t have a nail gun.

When you get to the bottom, you’ll notice there are some blanks on the tops , bottoms, and sides…simply glue/nail pieces in those places and DO not worry about the overhang. We will clean that up afterwards.

Once everything is in place and dried, you can go ahead and use the circular saw/miter saw to cut off any overhang. Be careful doing this with the miter saw as there may be potential kick back pieces.

At this point, I also added wood filler to the nail holes and sanded it down.

Step 5: Add the trim piece

After you’ve cut off the excess, you can add trim. I went with scrap furring strips that had been cut down but you could also buy 5/8 square dowels from HD. I simply sanded them quickly and did a few coats of black spray paint. I went with simple butt joints for the border but you could miter them if you pleased. I also added a coat of the poly to the trim to protect it from the elements.

Step 6: Add your address & finishing touches

The last thing I did was add my address numbers. The numbers I bought from Home Depot screwed down which made this part easy. I did measure them out and make sure they were centered (the picture on this post of the finished sign looks crooked because that isn’t my address and I didn’t want to add a ton of extra holes for a photo!, LOL).

Lastly, I added a saw-tooth hanger to the backside. I actually have a large box of these on hand at all times for any signs or wood projects. They come in handy.

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