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Blog entry by ElmoSr posted 02-11-2010 09:14 PM 1992 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i am a newbie here and already asking questions but i want/need a templet for routing in cursive rather than square letters,,anyone help me out?


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

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 09:31 PM

I’ve never tried it before, but if you have MS Word on your computer you could change the font to edwardian script (or whatever else you liked) and make the letters as big as you want. Print out what you want, cut out with razor then trace onto template material. Jigsaw or scroll saw and you’re done. That’s how I did my street number on my mailbox.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 09:51 PM

If your going to use it a lot you could make one but that would be tough.


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#3 posted 02-11-2010 10:36 PM

I don’t know of any stencils for cursive or script letters, but Milescraft makes a pantograph that will let you copy about anything from paper to a router.

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 10:58 PM

All of the templates I have seen need to use a font that has “sides” for the router bearing to follow. That is why the fonts are limited. You cannot have an open space in the middle of the letter. With cursive there are always strokes that cross other strokes leaving missing areas that the router bearing has no way to follow.

A pantograph as Hank said is about all I could think would work.

If you were doing the same words over and over, then you could design a stencil that did the letters in several steps. Making a full set for the alphabet would be a long project.

If you only want this one time for a sign, then find someone local with a CNC.


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#5 posted 02-11-2010 10:58 PM

hey guys thanks, that was what i wuz afraid of, been searching all day,thinking about the process of making my own—-UGH—i could print it then cut out way too much. i have a pantograph.

thanks again

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

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#6 posted 02-11-2010 11:23 PM

Could you make your own template by printing letters from the Microsoft Word (or other word processor) font list- as large as you wanted. Then glue them to some mdf/plywood and scroll saw the letters.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 11:55 PM

Welcome to LJ’s, Elmo!!
I don’t know if this will help, but here’s how I did them. I did have sheets of lettering though…
Oops!! I re-read the question, and You’re looking for something quite a bit different… Sorry!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 02-12-2010 12:39 AM

Or you could opt for the ‘go big or stay home’ solution.

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#9 posted 02-12-2010 03:21 PM

thanks for all the help reckon i will just use straight letters maybe do on angle or something—-i can visualize a bunch of scrap wood and many tries on this project,,,i shall “maybe” share the results

appreciate all the welcomings i already like this site

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

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#10 posted 02-25-2010 04:02 PM

well i have looked high and low and i will have to use regular letters. i have been so busy in shop i havent been on computer except to check mail. but making no money

thanks for the replies on this question.

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

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#11 posted 02-27-2010 06:55 AM

Cursive would be hard to route. That might be why no-one made letter sets.

You could always find a cad-cam guy to do it if it’s realyy important.

Or a compucarver.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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