How to Make Sandblasted Signs

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How to Make Sandblasted Signs

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How To Make Sandblasted Signs.

The only necessary tools you need are: basswood, or red wood, rubber masking, spray

glue, exacto knife, sand paper, paint (which most of these items you can find at

your local hardware store). Also you need to know someone in your community who

has a sandblasting machine to sandblast your sign. You will also need a design

for your board. (It can be your name, or a symbol of what ever you want it to


First thing you need to do is to get some bass or red wood. Cut the boards to the

exact size you want by using a band saw or hand saw. Also, use the following

methods such as gluing, planing, and squaring the boards to the exact length you

want your sign to be. Once you have squared your board with the square, your

sign will be even on each side. The next step will be to apply the rubber

masking to your board.

Now you are ready to put your design on the rubber masking. Apply the

spray glue to the rubber masking. Once you have sprayed the glue (in a well

ventilated area) to the masking you should wait for about 2 minutes for the

adhesive to dry, and begin to cut out your design you have chosen. This is a

very time consuming task so it is best to take your time.

This is the time to start cutting on your masking. It is best to leave

about one half of an inch around the outside edge of the board. Use your exacto

knife to cut the masking. Make sure to center your design and that it is

suitably sized to your board. It is important not to make the cuts too small

or the sand will tear the rubber masking off.

You need to find someone in the community that does sandblasting. This

could be at a monument engraving service near by. They use a special sand that

is very fine to cut the wood. Sandblasters also use an air compressor to shoot

the air and sand out at a high rate of speed. This process will cost between

$2-$5 and the time to complete is approximately two days.

Once you get the sign back from the sandblasting service, you are ready to