DIY - How to make real estate sign posts

Purchasing real estate signposts can often times be expensive and inconvenient.  Once you know how to make your own wooden signposts, you'll never have to rely on a company supplying them again!  Wooden real estate sign posts are timeless, affordable, and very easy to make!  Everything in, you're looking at around $30 to make a sign! 

 

I have been constructing my own wooden signposts for my Owen Sound Real Estate business from Day 1 and wouldn't have it any other way! 

REAL ESTATE SIGN POST MATERIAL LIST

  • 1 - 2x4x6

  • 1 - 1x4x39" (39" reccomended for 24" wide sign) 

  • 1 - 32" angle iron with 2X pre-drilled holes

  • 2 - 1.5" Lag Bolts

  • 2 - 3" deck screws

  • 2 - 1.25" deck screws

  • Wood Glue

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DIY - How to make real estate sign posts

Purchasing real estate signposts can often times be expensive and inconvenient.  Once you know how to make your own wooden signposts, you'll never have to rely on a company supplying them again!  Wooden real estate sign posts are timeless, affordable, and very easy to make!  Everything in, you're looking at around $30 to make a sign! 

 

I have been constructing my own wooden signposts for my Owen Sound Real Estate business from Day 1 and wouldn't have it any other way! 

REAL ESTATE SIGN POST MATERIAL LIST

  • 1 - 2x4x6

  • 1 - 1x4x39" (39" reccomended for 24" wide sign) 

  • 1 - 32" angle iron with 2X pre-drilled holes

  • 2 - 1.5" Lag Bolts

  • 2 - 3" deck screws

  • 2 - 1.25" deck screws

  • Wood Glue

REAL ESTATE SIGN POST - STEP BY STEP

 

 

  1. Main Post - Head on down to your local lumber store and have them cut you 6-foot lengths of 2x4's.  I find it best to cut 12' lengths in half.  Make sure they are straight, and not twisted!  

  2. Cross Beam - Have 1x4's cut to the length you need.  For 24" wide signs, I recommend having your cross beams cut to 39" wide. 

  3. Most lumber stores will supply most of the other materials you'll need to complete the job!  Pick up your screws, lag bolts and wood glue here! 

  4. Angle Iron - Find a local steel supplier and ask them to cut you 32" lengths of angle iron.  Approximately 1/8" thickness is good.  Have them pre-drill holes 1/4" holes for your lag bolts.  The location of the holes should be approximately 4" down on one side and 6" down on the other. 

  5. Paint - Head to Dulux or Sherwin Williams to pick up your paint and rollers. 1 quart should be enough to do a couple dozen signs.  I prefer to use a 4" microfiber roller.  You shouldn't need a paint brush

  6. Notching main beam - The thickness of the 1x4's is 3/4", so you'll want to have a 3/4" groove in your main beam.  This can easily be done with a table router, or a table saw with a dado blade.  Attempt it yourself, or find a local carpenter/contractor with a shop and they can cut a dozen for you in a half hour or so!  I suggest having the groove start at the 7" mark if you're measuring from the top of the 6' post. (See diagram) 

  7.  Cross Beams - You can ask your carpenter to knick off the corners of your 1x4's to give them a rounded look.  It would be wise to have your grommets placed in the same place each time on your real estate signs.  If you know the location, you can have your carpenter pre-drill the holes for your zip-ties.  For the large black zip-ties, you'll need the holes to be approximately 1/4" wide. 

  8. Assembly - Apply some wood glue to the notched out area of the post and place the cross beam in place.  Add the 2 - 1.25" deck screws to hold the cross beam in place.  Don't worry about the integrity of the sign!  Once the glue is dry, it will be stronger than the wood!

  9. Painting - With the post assembled, you're ready to paint!  You really can't go wrong here!  Just roll it on! 

 

ADDITIONAL TIPS

 

  1. The new Century 21 signs (with the Obsessed Grey) can get scratched up pretty easy.  I would suggest that you don't attach the sign until the post is installed.  As an additional precaution, when the signs are not in use, you should travel/store them in garbage bags! 

  2. I don't zip-tie my signs on the side.  While this holds the sign in a vertical position, it is also the cause of all the problems with real estate signs!  When the wind hits the sign, the post twists (in a couple of wind storms they've snapped).  

  3. Be especially mindful when you're hammering in the angle iron.  Technically you should have a locate done to make sure your free from any utilities/wires etc., 

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