Best router bit for sign making

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Forum topic by SethA73 posted 12-02-2018 10:04 PM 543 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-02-2018 10:04 PM

What is the best bit for sign making? I used a rounded bit and found it left lines. I would like to have a nice smooth finish on the base of each letter. Also is Milescraft the best kit for sign making? Thank you.

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#1 posted 12-02-2018 10:18 PM

I have the Rockler “State Park Font” signmaking kit and like it really well. Simple to use and provides an attractive sign. They have a router bit available for each of the different sizes of letters.

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#2 posted 12-02-2018 10:26 PM

This might pique your interest.

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#3 posted 12-02-2018 11:58 PM

can you post some photos of the work that you have done
that you are not necessarily satisfied with?
are you using templates or routing freehand ?
router bits are chosen for the type of work you are doing
and the type of wood you are using. (and the type of router).
[assuming you are not using the CNC ?].



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#4 posted 12-03-2018 12:10 AM

What is the best bit for sign making?

No such animal.. there are too many different ways/techniques to make a sign. You need to be more specific…

I used a rounded bit and found it left lines. I would like to have a nice smooth finish on the base of each letter.
- SethA73

If you want a smooth finish, then use a straight bit, which has a flat profile. Rounded bits are great for doing backgrounds where you want to have a ‘hand carved’ look with a semi-rough finish.


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#5 posted 12-03-2018 12:42 AM

I’ve always just used straight bits. The size depended on if I was outlining or removing a lot of stock. This remains the case whether I free-handed, like these, or use my carving machine.

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