Billboard

Billboards are common in many places, sizes, and era's 

In this article I'll walk you through creating an older style wooden billboard from a styrene For Sale sign. 


The size of our billboard will be 12'x24'.

Pieces

Cut the following pieces. Dimensions are given in scale feet/inches.
  • 1@ 12' x 24' - billboard
  • 2 @ 2" x 6" x 24' - trim
  • 2 @ 2" x 6" x 12' - trim
  • 4 @ 2" x 6" x 23' - sign
    backing
  • 1 @ 2" x 6" x 23' - lateral brace
  • 8@ 2" x 8" x 9' - platform support
  • 8@ 2" x 6" x 23' - braces
  • 8@ 2" x 6" x 24' - uprights
  • 3@ 2"x 8" x 24' - planks

Directions

  1. Glue pairs of 2" x 6" x 23' braces together to make 4 braces. 
  2. Glue pairs of 2" x 6" x 24' uprights together to make 4 uprights.
  3. Glue the 2" x 6" x 24' and 2" x 6" x 12' pieces around the edge of the billboard. Some will need trimmed to length.
  4. Evenly space the 2" x 6" x 23' sign backing horizontally along the back of the billboard.
  5. 6' from the top of the uprights glue the 23' braces going back at a 30 degree angle. 
    12' from the top glue a platform brace (2" x 8" x 9') on each side extending back to the brace. A scrap may be glued in the end to keep the spacing even.
  6. Glue the previously place created piece to the back of the sign. Glue one at each edge and evenly space the other 2.
  7. Add the lateral brace horizontally across the braces where the platform support meets the brace. 
  8. Glue the 3 planks on top of the platform supports.
  9. Paint/prime/apply signage.

Notes

Other dimensions could be used. When the braces and uprights were made of a single layer they seemed to flimsy. 0.04"x0.04" or 0.06"x0.06" styrene used instead.

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