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Forum topic by krisrimes posted 10-22-2014 01:56 AM 1298 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-22-2014 01:56 AM

Our church has recently added a new building to the property with an office for the pastor, some classrooms and such. They have asked me to look at putting together some signs to put outside and point folks in the right direction. The pastor wants either burned or engraved signs and I was wondering if I could get some thoughts from the masses? I have never attempted something like this, frankly I have a hard time writing legibly so the easier the better. Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 10-22-2014 02:06 AM

I have a set of templates from Rockler, they are hard plastic and for use with the router. 2 1/4 inch letters with self centering tabs. They have a “State Park font” makes sign making very easy.

-- atta boy Clarence!

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#2 posted 10-22-2014 04:14 AM

You can also print out letters on paper, glue them to mdf and make your own patterns for use with a router and template guide.

Wood burning neatly is easy if you can get the pattern down on your material. Making the patterns is always harder than the actual work Don’t stray past the lines and the writing will look good.

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#3 posted 10-22-2014 04:05 PM

Unless you want to become a signmaker, I would sub it out to a professional. Most signs aren’t made of wood anymore, they are cnc’d foam.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 10-27-2014 10:25 AM

Let me 2nd the Rockler State Park template kit.

I purchased the 3 3/8 kit, bit, and some double sided tape. With the brass bushing—included—and a plunge router I made my first side fairly quick and painlessly. Rockler has a online wizard to help you set up routing sequence—got for novices like myself. Using a PC 690 I cut my 1st sign in about a half an hour—much of that was letter layout and overly cautious routing.

Recently I purchased a DeWalt Trim Router with Plunge Base and that was easier to use on my 2nd sign. I skipped the double-sided tape for blue painters tape on the 2nd sign as well. The blue tape was less of a hassle switching out letters.

-- bkseitz, Washington "if everything is going well, you've obviously overlooked something"

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#5 posted 01-11-2015 12:59 AM

I agree with the template only difference with me mines not a rockler mine is from miles craft. Mine came with the bushings and the bit to make it. It takes longer to set it up than cut it out at least for me.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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