See how we built and hung a 200 lb lobby sign for Slack without touching the wall.
We needed a nice looking, lightweight material for this project (so shallow of us, amirite?). We opted for Western Red Cedar for weight and straight grain. Our local lumberjack hooked us up with some lovely boards and we got to cutting. The shop smelled amazing for a week straight.
We spent a lot of time flipping, rotating, and categorizing each bar to create a harmonious pattern.
The Glue that Binds
Alignment was critical during the glue-up to make sure all the angled lines were perfectly straight. We used over 150 wood pins or “tennons” to make sure everything lined up.
Location, Location, Location
We used laser cut templates to accurately place the logo elements on each of the three panels. Since each panel was cut separately, accurate alignment was key to making sure the whole logo landed exactly right when fully assembled.
Each part was carefully pocketed out on a CNC router and followed by a hand router to finish the cut.
A couple coats of clear finish brought out the color and added a protective layer.
This jumbo sign is now living in the lobby of the Slack building. We weren’t able to drill any holes in the wall, so a cable system was installed from the ceiling and supports the three panels. After hanging each panel, we snugged them up to each other with some steel plates on the back for a seamless look.