My mother in law just bought a property close to us (its a good thing). And the house is rustic and has a garage that looks more like a barn. I was looking to make a custom type sign for her for Xmas to put on the barn, and was looking for some advice on: What type of wood should I use? (I was thinking cedar, but perhaps there is another type that would be better....my wood supply is going to be limited to Lowes/HD) What type of finish should I use to protect it? (I was thinking the sign would be painted with lettering, and then maybe use a marine type application as a protectant?) Know this might be off topic, but I figured with all the wood burners here, some folks might actually make things with the stuff Thanks.