We make each sign personally by hand. The backboard is made from 1/2" pallet planks giving a strong and sturdy base. The letters and graphics are cut from 1/4" plywood then mounted on top. Many other sellers use 1/8" for the names/date. By using 1/4", there is more of a "pop" of the lettering on our signs. Choose your stain to accentuate the natural wood grain to your liking. We also stain the back for a finished look from all angles. For quick and easy hanging, a sawtooth hanger comes affixed to the back.