I am fortunate that my step-father Dave is a master wood worker. While I was in Nebraska helping my grandma I asked him to build a shelf topper for the sign because I wanted it to look more like a room divider than just a big hunkin’ sign in the middle of the room. I am able to do a lot of things but building furniture is not my strong point and that is where I turn to Dave. Dave and I decided the best approach to this was to follow the sign contour and to give it a simple rounded edge. We decided on oak becasue it is a hard wood that takes stain well and is durable. Here are some photos of Dave creating this amazing shelf:
Since this piece is in the same room as our Heywood Wakefield furniture I wanted the wood color to match and that is why I decided to stain it the color Ipswich Pine.
After the stain dried I then sprayed on the semi-gloss polyurethane and let dry. Once dried I used my usual process to remove debris in the finish by applying car wax in the direction of the grain with 0000 steel wool. Then I buffed it off.