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Blog entry by TheKingsTreasures posted 07-30-2008 04:07 AM 1903 reads 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In response to the many requests for information about how I do the routing on the signs, I will give a step by step below.
When I get an order request the first thing I do is pick out or make a sign blank in the approximate size the customer requested, then I go to my computer. I have a program on on my computer that will print out banners, I use Print Shop. I can choose many styles of lettering and adjust the letters to any size that I need to fit on my board. When I get everything how I think it will look best, I print the banner. I move the banner over to my board and tape it down where I want the lettering to be. I use carbon paper to transfer the letters to the board. Then with the appropriate bit in my router I sit, get comfortable and just follow the lines.
I have tried many different bits and found myself always going back to my 60 degree v-groove bit for most jobs, adjusting the depth for larger or smaller jobs. I also use a 1/4 inch straight bit or a 1/8th inch straight bit for cleaning up the inside of the bigger pictures or letters. As for the router, I use a 1 1/2 horse, regular size router. When I paint the lettering and designs I just use regular indoor-outdoor craft paint and I am not really careful about staying in the lines. When the paint dries I just sand the piece again and clean up my mess. I like to coat it with 2 coats of polyurathane, add the screw eyes and the chain to hang it and it is done. Oh, I be sure and get a picture of it before it goes to it’s new home so I don’t forget what I did. !


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#1 posted 07-30-2008 04:59 AM

Very informative blog. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 07-30-2008 05:51 AM

Good information. I will try a little project like this before the summer is over.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#3 posted 07-30-2008 12:16 PM

thanks. Nice information and great signs!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#4 posted 07-30-2008 01:17 PM

Thanks for sharing!

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#5 posted 07-31-2008 02:18 AM

thank you so much for sharing. Can you tell me which dremel bits you use?

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#6 posted 07-31-2008 03:47 AM

Thank you for sharing the information. I am trying my hand at Sign at the request of my inlaws (an address was needed for their cabin) Have you ever tried to paint the lettering so it will reflect light? I was wondering about doing this in order to make the place easier to find in the dark, which is usally when I happen to be looking for it.. lol..

Thanks again for the information.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 07-31-2008 04:24 AM

Yes, that would make it easier to find in the dark. I suppose this could be done with the right paint. So they make reflective paint? I am sure I would have to leave our back woods area to find it. Or maybe just a trip on the internet?


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#8 posted 05-08-2010 05:23 PM

Thank you! I recently got a letter template and tried my hand at making a couple of signs. Now why didn’t I think of running them back through the sander to get off the excess paint? Sometimes the obvious escapes me! :)

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#9 posted 05-08-2010 05:49 PM

Love your picture, I’ve raised squirrels but never a coon. I bet he/she is a lot of fun.


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