Monday, March 23, 2015

How to Make a Commercial Signage

Fig.1 The parts
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Advertisement board 2 ft. x 4 ft.
Concrete pier block 8-3/4 in. x 10-3/4 in. x 10-3/4 in.
Cordless drill with 1/8 inch drill bit
Claw hammer 
Drill bit 1/8 inch
Fender washers (4) 
Hand staple with 1/4 inch staples
Lag bolts (4) 
Open and closed end wrench 1/4 inch
Post - Douglas Fir 4 x 4 x 8
Metal tie 4-In. by 4-In. Simpson strong tie
Sheetrock screws 1-1/4 inch
Torpedo level magnetic

This project was put together because the Lumber/Building Materials needed a sign to sell insulation. 

This post explains how to make a simple post advertisement that can be used in many application. This sign is used inside a warehouse store, but it can also be adapted to be used at garage sales and parties.

Step 1: Fig.1 shows some of the parts used in this project. 4-lag screws, 4-fender washers and 1-concrete pier block.
Step 2: Fig.2 shows the advertisement sign, 4x4x8 Douglas Fir post, Simpson tie metal post bracket on top of a orange Home Depot Cart.
Fig.2 cart with parts
Step 3: Fig.3 shows the tools on top of The Home Depot cart. Cordless drill with drill bit 1/8 inch, claw hammer, closed-end wrench 1/4 inch, torpedo level and crescent wrench. Fig.4 shows that a lag screw with a fender washer (Oversize Washer) being screwed into the concrete pier and attaching the Simpson metal tie in place. Two lag screws were used to secure the tie to the concrete pier.
Fig.3 Cart with tools
Fig.4 Closed-end wrench
Step 4: Fig.5 shows a torpedo level leveling the wood post to the Simpson metal tie.
Fig.5 Torpedo leveling
the wood post
Step 5: Fig.6 and fig.7 shows a Lag Screw being screwed into the post. Fig.7 shows that a socket wrench with a 1/4 inch socket is being used to drive the lag screw in place. One lag screw per side and a total of two lag screws were used to secure the wood post to the Simpson metal tie.
Fig.6 Lag screw
Fig.7 Socket Wrench

Step 6: Fig.8 and fig.9 shows that one this side is secured, and the post is ready to receive its advertisement board. Fig.9 shows a top view of the secured post.
Fig.8 This side finished
Fig.9 Top view
Step 7: Fig.10 and fig.11 shows that the post was laid on top of a flat cart. This is the easiest way to attach the 2 by 4 foot advertisement board. 
Fig.10 Laying the post
Fig.11 Positioning the post
Step 8: Fig.12 shows the advertisement board is attached with sheetrock Screws 1-1/4 is just fine.  Create a paper sign and use a hand stapler to attache the sign to the wood board. Fig.13 shows the signage in place advertising interior fiberglass.
Fig.12 Ad board
Fig.13 Job done

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