Router-carved sign in Cumaru

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Project by bues0022 posted 11-19-2009 07:45 AM 3058 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was actually the third sign I’ve completed, but the first one that I’ve received pictures from the recipient. This was a Father’s Day gift for outside my parent’s front door. The design was first created and drawn in SolidWorks (3D CAD package). Then it was transfered to Microsoft Excel as an image, printed and taped to the wood. I then cut out the design with en exacto-knife leaving my stencil behind which was finally traced with pencil. I used a 60 degree bit to give a fair amount of depth in relation to the width of the cut. The “thicker” letters were achieved by making a deeper cut with my Milwaukee plunge router. All work was done freehand.

After routing was complete, it was cleaned up with chisels and sandpaper before staining. The black and brown are oil-based minwax stain, while the colors are water-based. Final finish was Teak Oil. It was interesting to note that the Teak oil seems to have a tendency to lift some of the oil-based stain so I had to be really careful. The water-based stain did not do this at all, so for these signs I think I’m going to completely switch over to water-based stains.

Cumaru may seem like a really brutal wood to do this kind of router work on. I actually enjoy it. Yes, the wood is hard as rocks, but I’ve never been worried about the bit getting away from me. There aren’t many knots, so I don’t have to worry about different hardnesses (though I don’t know if a knot would matter as this stuff is already so hard!) Finishing is a little tough because it is so hard to sand, but for an outdoor sign that will last forever and then more, I really like this wood.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 11-19-2009 07:54 AM

That is a very nice sign and thank you for the process … I’m sure that your dad was a very proud “Dad” that day.

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#2 posted 11-19-2009 08:31 AM

super sign great job

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#3 posted 11-19-2009 03:18 PM

Great looking sign. Very nice work.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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