Friday, September 11, 2015

Making a Railroad Crossing Sign - Mini Tutorial

About a year and a half ago, I wrote a post about Owen's Train Room. Since then I've been asked to give some details about how we created the Railroad Crossing Sign.  While I don't have a complete tutorial to share, to be honest... we were completely wingin' it and I spent more time helping than photographing.  But, I thought that the photos and a few tips could be helpful.  

1. 4x4 post (Cut to 4 feet tall)
2. One wooden deck post cap
3. 1x6 wood (Cut into one 12" section)
4. 1x4 wood (Cut into two 12" sections, two 24" sections, one 4" section and one 8" section
5. White, black, blue and silver paint
6. Black Vinyl letters or stencil to paint letters
7. Screws for assembly
8. Two 6" lag bolts
9. Four 3" lag bolts
10. Four small silver knobs
11. Twelve silver brads nails or decorative wooden circles painted silver

We started by cutting all the pieces and placing them on the post. 

To build the base box, we used a Kreg Jig tool from Lowes to hide the screws in the back of the box. We had to watch a Youtube video on how to use it, but it was totally worth it and has been a very useful tool since this project! Brendon used the 1x6 for the front,  two 1x4 pieces for the sides, and added the deck post cap to the top. 

Once everything was screwed together from the inside, we painted the posts, signs, and base.  Then, use the shorter lag bolts to attach all the signs with wording to the 4x4 post. Add the silver knobs to the end of the railroad crossing sign, vinyl letter/stenciled letters, and circle accents on the base. 

The photos below helped us to map out the distance between the Railroad Crossing letters. 

After the lettered boards have been screwed down to the front of the post using the small lag bolts, you'll need to attach the base box to the post.  We did this by adding one screw from the bottom of the deck post cap into the wooden 4x4 post. (The back of the box and the back of the 4x4 post need to be flat against each other so that the 4x4 post can touch the wall when hanging it)  
Now, the sign is complete and you'll use the longest bolts to hold the sign to the wall. 

I know this isn't the most detailed post, but I hope it sets you in the right direction! 
You'll be wingin' it too, but at least you have a few hints to help!  

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