So while in Tennessee with my father, I told him I'd make him some signs for his shop. This was the first time I had ever attempted to do something like this and it took me the better part of 4 days working a couple hours a night to get one done.
I created a template in photoshop that I thought would look nice based on discussions I had with dad while up there with intent of creating a sign wider than it was tall that would hang over the door of the shop.
The sign would be made up of three 1/4" thick plywood panels. Each outer panel would have the lettering cut out via the scroll saw and the inner panel would be stained dark and then sandwiched between the outers in order to give the final appearance.
I made one side "clean" and professional looking (or rather as professional as I could with my meager skills), and one side more of an "art" look to it where I intentionally over sanded some of it just to get a unique look. The edges are routed and rounded over and the sign as a whole is sanded smooth.
I don't know if I like the "art" side.. I mean it doesn't look horrible and it does have that unique scrubbed and hard used look I was going for, but I used too much glue when putting the sign together and it shows.. lesson learned..
The sign is 20" wide by 12" tall by 3/4" thick and all in all not too bad if I do say so myself.