Routed Sign Making #1: Routed 'Sign Making Class'

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Blog entry by 3DBMe posted 12-13-2011 04:51 AM 13062 reads 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’re going to use a Dremel router to make a sign with recessed lettering. I suggest barnwood because of the contrast between the weathered surface texture and ‘fresh cut’ letters. I also have enhanced the letters by burning (pyrography) the edges of the letters for increased readability. Of course you can scale up to larger routers if you chose.

Stock: Barnwood 2”x10”x24” Suggested material and dimensions

Safety: Goggles, Facemask, Gloves

Tools: Small straight blade knife: Stop-Cut / Outline Dremel (model 300) Flexshaft optional Plunge Router attachment #335 Dremel Bits: Roughout Routing 1/8” #650 3/16” #352 1/4” #654 Smooth Routing 5/16” #115 1/4” #116 1/8” #194 Air Compressor with nozzle for dust removal and increased visibility while cutting

PROCESS: Design Print Overlay Trace Mask Optional to protect rustic surface

Knife Cut – Stop Cut
Hog out
Clean Edge
Clean Body using high speed cutting bits
Optional if bits leave burn marks or smoother surface is desired
Pyrographic enhancement

Let me know if your interested in participating and if there are any specific questions to be answered prior to starting in January. We should be able to complete this project in 6 or 7 sessions so be prepared to quickly have results you can hang!

Happy Holidays!
Bruce aka ‘3DbME’

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 03:36 PM

I’ve done this with a router, but I’ll watch since I need to figure out how to get into small corners!

-- ~Julie~

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Brian Rickman

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 07:38 PM

I made one sign with a Dremel. It came out OK, but not anywhere near as nice as the picture you show here. I’ll be watching with interest.

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 11:27 PM

Look forward to follow.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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John in SD

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 02:32 AM

Looking forward to this….....but can we use a trim router ?

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 02:54 AM

The Dremel is suggested since this is the tool I used for this size sign. You are welcome to apply the basic concepts to your toolset and style. With larger bits you’ll obviously need larger ‘minimum radius’ at the corners therefore larger text such as with large signs. The other thing about the plunge router, big or small, is the ability to set a specific depth to plunge to where as with a fixed base you may have to enter at an angle which may/can be dangerous. Safety first.

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 03:16 AM

Looking forward to see how to do this.

-- JP

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 04:05 AM

I’m looking forward to following along. I’ve been thinking about making a sign for my sisters cabin. Great timing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 06:34 PM

Sounds like a winner to me. I look forward to it and thanks for doing it for us.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 05:07 AM

Very interested in doing this. Looking forward to the new class in the new year.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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#10 posted 01-01-2012 03:06 AM

I do the same type of thing with my epoxy inlays. I don’t know that I will have time to participate, but I will be following along. Your sign looks great.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 01-05-2012 09:09 PM

Count me in!

-- Artificial Intelligence is no match for Natural Stupidity….

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 12:11 AM

i want in also , when/how do i get in line?

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 02:41 PM

Let me know when the start date is. Love to follow along.

-- When asked what I did to make life worthwhile in my lifetime....I can respond with a great deal of pride and satisfaction, "I served a career in the United States Navy."

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