This Instructable documents my thoughts and the build of a custom "Pig BBQ" neon sign using a combination of repurposed Vintage Neon & Laser Cut Sheet Metal. This sign could also be made using a string of LED's to light the sign from the back which would make it more "Home Friendly".
Two of my good friends decided to open up a Texas Styled BBQ joint ( AAA Bar
) this summer and as is my nature I decided to help them out as much as possible. They had a very small budget so we had to make do with what we could build / find / recycle / steal, especially when it came to decor items. I was lucky enough to find on Craigslist some cheap vintage neon sign parts (The sign was from the 50's) that I could use to create a one of a kind neon sign for their bar. Here is a link to the Instructable which guides you through the building of the bar: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-use-Free-Pallets-to-Build-a-BBQ-Restaurant/
Note: Neon signs use very high voltages and broken tubes can contain dangerous elements so use extreme care if you want to do something similar to this Instructable.