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Old 12-10-2008, 04:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi guys,
Well xmas is here & i'm hard at it in the shed making a couple of xmas pressies. I'm just about to start on a jewlery box for my sister in law & i'd like to carve her name in the lid with a router or a dremmel tool but i've never done anything like this before.
What i've been thinking of trying is to mount a router on a fixed stand with a clear perspex base so that i can move the piece of timber free hand under the router that has a either a 'V' bit or very small cove bit mounted into it.
The main concern i have is the router bit grabbing the board & pulling it off the line i'd be following.
The other thought was to use a dremmel tool & carve the name free hand which would probably have similar problems.

Another thought that i've had with this carving project is once the name has been carved out, to fill it with a finely ground blue stone like turquoise mixed in an epoxy.
I'm probably biting off more than i can chew with this project but then that me all the way, always jumping in with both feet then figure out if i can swim after. lol

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Old 12-10-2008, 04:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Rattrap

You may want to use the search tool at the top of the main page,type in signs.......you will see 248 pages about signs, that may help a little bit.


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Well xmas is here & i'm hard at it in the shed making a couple of xmas pressies. I'm just about to start on a jewlery box for my sister in law & i'd like to carve her name in the lid with a router or a dremmel tool but i've never done anything like this before.
What i've been thinking of trying is to mount a router on a fixed stand with a clear perspex base so that i can move the piece of timber free hand under the router that has a either a 'V' bit or very small cove bit mounted into it.
The main concern i have is the router bit grabbing the board & pulling it off the line i'd be following.
The other thought was to use a dremmel tool & carve the name free hand which would probably have similar problems.

Another thought that i've had with this carving project is once the name has been carved out, to fill it with a finely ground blue stone like turquoise mixed in an epoxy.
I'm probably biting off more than i can chew with this project but then that me all the way, always jumping in with both feet then figure out if i can swim after. lol
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OK so can somebody else point me in the right direction to do this sort of work. Clearly i have no idea on this subject & after an hour of searching 'signs' i now know it can be done but still no idea on methods/ problems/ best tools for the job.
A little more info than "search for signs" would be appreceated.
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Hi rattrap

You may want to check out Harry's Gallery,he came up with a way to do what you want to do it's called a ski jig for the router, here is a mate of yours or to say is also from down under..)

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OK so can somebody else point me in the right direction to do this sort of work. Clearly i have no idea on this subject & after an hour of searching 'signs' i now know it can be done but still no idea on methods/ problems/ best tools for the job.
A little more info than "search for signs" would be appreceated.
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I use the big plexi base you are talking about, with a small laminate trimmer type router. My base was made by Terry "Visteonguy," look at his posts about signs, there are photos there of his base.
You can use a small v bit. The best way to make sure the router stays where you want it is to have a clamped piece of wood beside the router base so that it cannot move. For example if you are doing letters, than many will have vertical parts and horizontal parts. You clamp your scrap of wood the proper distance from the bit so that when you run your router in a straight line, it follows the edge of the scrap wood. Of course you need to practise first!
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...You clamp your scrap of wood the proper distance from the bit so that when you run your router in a straight line, it follows the edge of the scrap wood.

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It is important to clamp your "fence" on the correct side of the router. You want the rotation of the bit to pull the router toward the fence for control.
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Thanks guys, i'm starting to get a picture in my head of how it works. both the ski jig & the plexiglass base look handy. Am i correct in thinking that u clamp the timber & move the router rather than vise versa?
Also do u rotate the router as u follow the letters?
At the moment i only have a dewalt 625 router which i think might be a bit too big.
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I think a method shown by Bj some time ago would best suit your project, it was a clear sub base with a handle at each side to give perfect control of the router. I'm sure Bj will see this and post the relevant pictures.
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Since you are working on a jewellry box lid, you really don't even even need the plexiglass base if you are working on a small piece of wood.
The wood is clamped firmly to a table, the piece used as a guide is clamped as well. You could use a T square guide, that hooks over the edge of the wood, similar to what you use to make dadoes. Kind of like this: http://www.blackanddecker.com/projec...942_13980.html You then move the router over the wood, without turning it. I find it easier to be sitting, or bent down low to the wood, not standing up over it.
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HI rattrap


Here's a picture of what Harry was talking about, the one I made is just a copy cat of the one below, I use a diff.type of router but it's almost the same..

http://www.routerforums.com/general-...d-routing.html
http://www.routerforums.com/show-n-t...uter-sign.html

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