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Looked at a couple of Dave's u tube videos on line and he mentioned using cedar fence boards and surfacing the board before making the sign but I cannot find where or how he surfaces the boards. Anyone using cedar fence boards for signs, and if so how do you prepare the boards for making a sign? I know he prefers sanding the board after carving the sign and painting.

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Hi Bob.

Dave most likely uses a thickness planer to surface the boards.

A lot of background work take place before the cameras are turned on with some of those Youtube videos.

Boards up to 10" wide, I run through the thickness planer.

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Looked at a couple of Dave's u tube videos on line and he mentioned using cedar fence boards and surfacing the board before making the sign but I cannot find where or how he surfaces the boards. Anyone using cedar fence boards for signs, and if so how do you prepare the boards for making a sign? I know he prefers sanding the board after carving the sign and painting.
I use cedar all of the time for outdoor signs (on island time is made on cedar). But to answer your question I use a thickness planer like james above mentioned. Cedar from what I have seen tends to cup so planing is necessary to have a flat surface

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Hey Bob, I have watched Dave's videos also and will start using the cedar fencing boards soon. I think he uses a Ryobi Belt Sander to get the boards ready to be routered. The boards are very thin and if I remember correctly he uses 80 grit and 120 grit. He cross sands the back of the board and sands with the grain on the front to get the smooth finish. Once he is done with the routering then he uses 30 grit to get the ink paint off then uses 80 then 120 to finish the sign. I heard him say in the video people were having trouble because the sander was taking too much wood off. So I think you need to use very light pressure when sanding.
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A thickness planer would be the best bet but you could also use a wide belt sander. If you don't have either, check out your local hardwood dealer, they usually have or know someone who will do either for a small fee.
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