More Lettering

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Project by Phil32 posted 12-25-2018 05:30 PM 558 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My buddy ralbuck recently posted photos of some lettering he did as a commission. Here are some I did initially to identify a mountain cabin, but now we place them randomly around the house.

I recommend this as a beginning project for you bandsaw owners. Choose some dense wood 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick (so the letters will stand up). Find a type font with gentle curves (perhaps in your computer print program). Enlarge and lay out on your wood. Bandsaw each piece (enclosed spaces may require a scroll saw or bandsaw box techniques.) Smooth the edges. Seal, paint or stain, apply finish coat.

I see in the photos that the letters show some weathering. The little red dot is a glass lady bug.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#1 posted 12-25-2018 06:15 PM

Nice work!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 12-25-2018 09:11 PM

Neat letters.

I like making the font as I go, guess to stubborn to try to use someone else’s.

I was taught the technique I use for lettering by a 12 year old former student, way back when I taught grade school. That is now over 5 decades ago. It is actually easy to do, paper rectangles/squares ot the size you want. Fold for some of the letters, cut and if you do not like it do it again until you do. Then just your favorite way of marking the wood from there. I sometimes just tape them down and sometimes just draw around them.

I do like the font you used here well; it would be very easy to make similar in all kinds of sizes.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 12-25-2018 09:35 PM

Yes, lettering font design is a specialized field. Understanding serifs, stroke widths, kerning, ascenders/descenders, etc. can be daunting. Incised lettering has many of the same challenges. Scott Kim has produced some interesting concepts on lettering as in this alphabet, in order, with mirror symmetry down the centerline:

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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