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Old 06-25-2008, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello,
I have some free time this summer and want to look into making wood signs with a router. Interested in multiple fonts and straight and curved lines of text. Any one have a suggestion for the best jigs for this type of work?

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Old 06-25-2008, 06:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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For something like that, I have found that printing the sign you have designed on the computer, then transferring that to the wood (I use an engraver) and freehanding it is easy.
Another way is to use a CNC router. Pricier.

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Welcome to the forum dfp,
As AxlMyk has said an engraver or a CNC router would give you the best resaults. Now you could do it free hand but I do not advise this method as the wood and router has a mind of there own.
harrysin, on this form is an advocate of jigs and templates for routers he may be able to give some better idea of jigs for this.

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Just curious, your engraver, what type and does it work well. My son and I are in the process of building a CNC router, and this subject interests me.

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I don't use the engraver to make the signs, I use it to transfer the design to the wood. I then freehand with a router.
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I don't use the engraver to make the signs, I use it to transfer the design to the wood. I then freehand with a router.
Me and the router do not become one, without a jig or a template, I do admire your steady hand, I just know that router would take me for a ride all over the board.

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An episode of New Yankee Workshop they were making a sign. They visited a shop in New England somewhere and the craftsman modified a small router with a light. He had stripped almost everything that wasn't absolutely necessary and freehanded all the signs. I especially liked his techniques. You'll have to go back several years but the show provides an excellent but very brief tutorial.
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