House Number Sign

House Number Sign


Step 1: Make the Cuts

  • Cut the 3/4" plywood to the size you need depending on the number of digits in your house number. I have four digits so I used 8” x 24”
    • You could also use 1/2" plywood for this but I wanted the trim to be flush with my sign, so the numbers stood out.
  • Set your Miter saw at 45 degrees and cut pieces of the 1 x 3 boards into planks. Make sure to dry-fit to make sure they are slightly larger than needed.
  • Cut 1 x 2 boards to the size needed to trim out the 3/4" plywood.

Step 2: Mark Location of Planks

  • Dry fit the mitered planks and mark location of each plank and what shade you want it to be. I decided on dark, medium and light.

Dry fit

Step 3: Torch the Wood

  • Lay the wood pieces on a concrete surface outdoors in the order you want them darkened.
  • Using the Bernzomatic BZ4500HS Heat Shrink Torch and the propane fuel cylinder, patina each piece of wood.
    Tip - Keep the Torch moving slowly across the surface for a uniform look.
  • The number of passes will determine how dark the wood gets.
    • I found that I needed at least 5 passes to get the darkest tone I wanted.
    • The medium tone wood got 3 passes
    • The light tone wood got 2 passes
    Tip - Be sure to sand between each pass to make sure the surface is as smooth as you can get.

Torch woodSanding wood

Step 4: Assemble Sign

  • Attach the wood burned pieces to the plywood using wood glue and finish nails. Be sure to keep 2 sides completely aligned.
  • Cut off extra parts of the planks using a miter saw, table saw or circular saw.
    • I used a miter saw for the short side and a table saw for the long side.

StaplingTable saw

Step 5: Attach Trim

  • Patina the trim 1x2 pieces to the desired tone. I went for the darkest color and gave it 6 passes. Remember to sand between passes!
  • Attach the trim all around using wood glue and finish nails.

Torching boardsGluing

Step 6: Seal the Sign

  • Spray a few coats of clear coat sealer on the sign to protect the charred wood.
    • I used an outdoor matte clear coat.

Step 7: Attach Numbers

  • Using the template and instructions that came with the house numbers, attach them to the sign.
    • I felt like the silver didn't stand out against the background, so I spray painted them white.

Step 8: Hang it Up

  • Add two keyhole hangers to back in a straight line.
  • Hang the sign up on the wall using appropriate screws and anchors for the wall.

Completed sign

What You'll Need


Wide Surface Torch

Product Info


14.1 oz. Propane Hand Torch Cylinder

Product Info


  • Miter Saw
  • Circular Saw or Table Saw


  • Lumber
    • 3/4" plywood (cut to size as needed by numbers)
    • 1 x 3 x 8 board (may need more if more numbers)
    • 1 x 2 8 board (cut to frame plywood)
  • House Numbers of choice
  • Brad Nailer and 1-1/4" finish nails
  • Sandpaper (220 grit)
  • Heat Resistant Gloves
  • Wood Glue
  • Clear spray paint
  • White spray paint (optional)
  • Hanging hardware