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Old 12-11-2010, 10:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Interested in learning how to make wooden signs with a router.
would like to find out if anyone has a template in script lettering.
I have a turnlock signpro from rockler,but is very limited in it's use.
Also need help making different types of template's used in
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Old 12-12-2010, 09:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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The only commercial sign templates I've seen have been simple block letters, due to the limitation of the template needing to be a single, continuous structure. For a script-style "font", I think you'll have to go free-hand, using printed letters glued to the surface as guides.

One of the problems with free-handing is having sufficient surface for the router base to rest upon. An over-sized base, or skis, can help in that regard.
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Hi Ralph:

Actually, the limitation of the template is not to be a single, continuous flow. The concept of multipositioning the basis of the Milescraft template system.

http://www.milescraft.com/product/1207.html is a link to the Milescraft product for pattern making. It demonstrates the use of multi-positioning templates. The same technique could be used for script lettering.

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Hi RustySaw:

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If you're getting into sign making on a serious basis (like doing it as a business), you might want to invest in something like the Milescraft 3DPantograph (Milescraft - Universal Power Tool Attachments & Accessories - Routers - 3D Pantograph). Using this one could create one's own letter templates and then use those templates to make signs.

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Hi Cassandra

Thanks ,I forgot ALL about the FREE patterns (templates)
http://www.milescraft.com/service/1298templates.html
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If you're getting into sign making on a serious basis (like doing it as a business), you might want to invest in something like the Milescraft 3DPantograph (Milescraft - Universal Power Tool Attachments & Accessories - Routers - 3D Pantograph). Using this one could create one's own letter templates and then use those templates to make signs.

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You're very welcome, Bob!

Those templates are just for starters, right? One can always make one's own. For example, go into MS Word, look up a font one likes and then type in the letters one needs. After adjusting the FONT SIZE to an appropriate size and after putting reference marks (for example, underscores), print out the letters.

The attached PDF file contains a sample of what can be easily accomplished with something like Word. Font is 480 pt Segoe Script.

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Script Fonts @ 1001 Fonts .com

Same true type script fonts -- some freeware, some shareware. (I haven't downloaded any, yet.)

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Here is the PDF of the sample letters, using the Precious font at 360 pt.

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The only commercial sign templates I've seen have been simple block letters, due to the limitation of the template needing to be a single, continuous structure. For a script-style "font", I think you'll have to go free-hand, using printed letters glued to the surface as guides.

One of the problems with free-handing is having sufficient surface for the router base to rest upon. An over-sized base, or skis, can help in that regard.
thank's for the info,problem is I am not that good with a router freehand
on lettering,will need a lot of practice. I also have a lot of time to get better.
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Don't sell yourself short, I am also a newbie and my wife tells me that sometimes my freehand stuff is better than the things I stenciled and then routed. Try it on some old or bad pieces of wood, you may be shocked. It may also help is you just box you lettering for spacing and size and then free hand between the lines. Good luck.
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