Man, it is definitely summer this week! The temperatures are getting into the 100s and all I want to do it take is easy. But we still have a lot of work to do on the playhouse. Since all I want to do is lounge by the pool, I decided that this is the perfect time to share this fun pool sign that I made a couple weeks ago. I decided to play with my new toy and made a fun DIY wood sign with a router for the backyard.
Making this sign is definitely a bit of wishful thinking. Our backyard is small and the only pool we have is a $30 blow-up one from the store. But hey, it still needs a fancy sign right?
For Mother’s Day this year, my sweet husband and kids bought me a router. I have wanted one for a while and couldn’t wait to crack it open and see what I could do with it. Of course I want to add decorative edges to all my upcoming projects, and figure out how to router rabbets and dados, and don’t even get me started on the picture frames I plan to make. But I needed a simple project to start with because I was busy building all kinds of things for the backyard.
A couple weeks ago, my father-in-law brought me 2 large buckets of reclaimed wood. His friend was redoing his fencing around his raspberry bushes and I was so happy he saw those perfectly aged 1x2s and thought of me. So I decided the first router project would be a DIY wood sign.
Free-handing a design with a router is a little challenging. You need to go slow and have a steady hand. Unfortunately mistakes cannot be un-done (but if you are creative you can hide them). I practiced on a scrap piece of plywood to see if I could follow a line and discovered it was totally doable.
I kept the design of my summer wood sign super simple. I decided to use a straight router bit for consistent depth on the sign. The bit I had was 1/4″ so I knew the smallest line I could make would be 1/4″ thick. That helped me design my simple Pool sign. And making it simple would also make cutting my very first DIY wood sign much easier.
I couldn’t be more excited with how my sign turned out! It is perfect to add some summer fun to our snazzy pool area ;). And you better believe I am going to be figuring out how to make many more wood signs with my router.
If you want to make your own sign, click the arrow below for the full tutorial.