Materials

The wood used to build the sign feature the same material width and thickness. The lengths of the each piece are listed below and in the downloadable plans.

  • Bottom Base
    • 2x 20in x 2.5in x 1in
    • 2x 18in x 2.5in x 1in
  • Leg Frame
    • 2x 18in x 2.5in x 1in
    • 2x 28in x 2.5 x 1in
  • LED Frame
    • 2x 19.5in x 2.5in x 1in
    • 2x 30.5in x 2.5in x 1in
  • Leg Supports
    • 4x 3in x 2.5in x 1in
  • LED Panel
    • 1x 27in x 16in x 1/2in

Bottom Base

Use four boards to create the bottom base. Secure the boards together using basic butt joints.

Leg Frame

Use four boards to create the leg frame. Place the 28in boards down first and lay the 18in over them. Secure the boards together using nails or screws.

Frame Supports

Use four small cutoff pieces to create the supports. Place the leg frame inside the bottom base to gauge a centered position. Secure the supports to the bottom base using nails or screws.

LED Frame

Use four boards with 45 degree mitered cuts to create the LED frame. Secure the boards together using wood glue and nails.

LED Panel

Use a single sheet of wood 1/5in thick and cut to size.

Install Strip Holders

Lay a row of strip holders over the panel and align them with the edge of the wood. Position the set of holder so they're centered with the panel. Use screws to secure the holders to the panel. 

Lay second row of strip holders and align them with the edge. Use a straight edge guide to line up the holders with the first row. Use screws to secure the second set of holders to the panel.

The LED strips do not need to be installed yet, the images are for visual reference.

Secure Brackets

Place the four frame brackets onto the corners of the LED frame. Then place the LED panel onto the brackets. Position the two so they're centered. Secure the frame brackets using screws.

Place the leg frame over the LED panel to gauge a good position to secure the panel brackets. Use screws to secure the brackets onto the LED panel. 

Assembled Sign

Place the leg frame into the bottom base. Then, fit the LED panel onto the leg frame. Place the LED frame onto the LED panel by fitting onto the brackets. The sign is now ready for NeoPixels and the Metro ESP32-S2 board.

Assembly Notes

A nail gun can be used to help speed up the assembly. Drilling pilot holes is helpful for preventing crooked screws. Material thickness and board width don't have to be exact as the design can be adapted to fit different dimensions.

This guide was first published on Dec 15, 2020. It was last updated on Dec 15, 2020.

This page (Building the Wooden Sign) was last updated on Jul 29, 2021.

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