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This is a discussion on New raised letter door sign within the Sign Making forums, part of the General Routing category; Originally Posted by L Town Graphics John, I'll try to answer each one of these ...


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Old 10-16-2012, 03:06 PM   #21 (permalink)
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John, I'll try to answer each one of these as best as i can. if something i write doesnt make sense lmk as i can try to explain further

1. all of my router "strokes" are either towards me or across. almost all of my works I end up flipping upside down to assure i have gone to the edge of my pattern on the top.

2. this one is kinda interesting. I don't think i've ever gone more than 1/4" deep on any of my signs. what keeps it from jumping.... firm grip on the router? the only time i really have had to focus on not letting the router jump is when i use a corebox bit..... hold on tight cause it will jump if you let it. the choices of wood i have used so far are pine cedar and oak. I have not used anything else to this point.

3. i think it has helped me alot because im not looking for a pencil line, think of like an old school snowflake that you made in school. so you cut it out of the paper made your other cuts inside held it up and whala! when i lay a vinyl stencil down it gives me clear patterns and view of the wood i need to route.

4. I just posted two pics in the sign a day thread. one was the computer layout on my graphic design program and the second is the finished product. I did that piece in about two hours routed and painted. Keep in mind I have all the tools of most sign shops in your area at my house. when i get the layout the way i want it, my plotter cuts the stencil for me. I remove the parts that i want to route. I place the stencil on the piece of wood choose my bit and away I go.

5. I use two different routers PC model 1001 i think it is and a skil i bought from walmart. I use the PC the most because its a better tool but I don't choose one over another because of a specific bit or anything.

6. if i'm correct niether is a variable speed, no dials on either to adjust the speed

7. my biggest reoccuring problem is chipping an edge every now and then when i lift the bit. I have the tendency to tilt the router instead of coming straight up with it.

hope this helps! lmk if i can elaborate more on something specific

Dan, I keep seeing you post about Vinyl Stencils Can you post a picture of one? Do you create a stencil for every sign you do? If so where do you get it how do you cut it out, etc etc etc? Also, I see you made a reference to color. When using colors what do you use?

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Old 10-16-2012, 11:49 PM   #22 (permalink)
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Dan, I keep seeing you post about Vinyl Stencils Can you post a picture of one? Do you create a stencil for every sign you do? If so where do you get it how do you cut it out, etc etc etc? Also, I see you made a reference to color. When using colors what do you use?
Barb, the pics below are all signs I have made using a vinyl stencil. Pics in order stencil and finished piece of work, so you can compare. My reference to color was primarily the paint (if it was something else ill be glad to clarify). but as far as paint I use acrylic and hand paint almost everything now.

this sign is actually in front of my parents house



this one hangs at our hunting camp



this was a learn by doing, dont use plywood! so I glued some cedar to do the finished piece. I believe it was 4 or 5 26" pieces

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Your signs are made excellently. Keep them coming.
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Wow! Steady hand, for sure. Nice work. The finished sign is very nice.

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Ted- I used that wood because it was a sample piece a guy from the local mill gave me. He suggested it over the cypress I was there to purchase.

Don- no skis or anything, just my hands on the router. For me anyway the fewer gadgets the better. If you seem my "workshop" you would probably laugh. There isn't much to it, let alone it looks like a bomb went off in it from all the dust to small pieces of wood "strategically placed" pretty much everywhere.
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[quote=L Town Graphics;305075]Barb, the pics below are all signs I have made using a vinyl stencil. Pics in order stencil and finished piece of work, so you can compare. My reference to color was primarily the paint (if it was something else ill be glad to clarify). but as far as paint I use acrylic and hand paint almost everything now.

All I can say is "WOW!" Nice work! Acrylic? really? I haven't been able to get a good look with acrylic, and it's so time consuming. Ok... how are you creating your designs, and getting these templates in vinyl? What program(s)/devices are you using? Love your business sign... (I screwed mine up trying to update it yesterday; oh well I wanted a new one anyway lol)
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Barb, the pics below are all signs I have made using a vinyl stencil. Pics in order stencil and finished piece of work, so you can compare. My reference to color was primarily the paint (if it was something else ill be glad to clarify). but as far as paint I use acrylic and hand paint almost everything now.

All I can say is "WOW!" Nice work! Acrylic? really? I haven't been able to get a good look with acrylic, and it's so time consuming. Ok... how are you creating your designs, and getting these templates in vinyl? What program(s)/devices are you using? Love your business sign... (I screwed mine up trying to update it yesterday; oh well I wanted a new one anyway lol)
yes acrylic, any mistakes come off with a little sanding. I create everything in a design program called omega 4.0. Sometimes I start with a drawing (which i seem to be doing more) then I open the program and design it again there. Once my design is made I have a vinyl cutter which cuts the stencil for me. after that i remove the parts I want routed and place an application tape over the stencil to hold and free floating pieces in place (example the inner part of round letters like and e, a, o, the loop of a l, etc). after the application tape is applied i remove the backing from the vinyl (the paper part) and apply to my wood using a squeegee (see the first pic, the yellow looking square with the brown l town sticker on it). once its on i remove the mask as start routing. after all of the routing is complete and all debris are removed i paint it with the stencil still on. once the paint dries, remove the stencil and apply finishing coats. I have a sign to make this weekend once its finished i'll post pics, design view, masked, routed, painted and finished.
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I'm Jealous and can't wait to see the sign you make this weekend... will have to investigate your stenciling, because I need to find a better way, and really like the idea; looks like a real time saver.
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I'm Jealous and can't wait to see the sign you make this weekend... will have to investigate your stenciling, because I need to find a better way, and really like the idea; looks like a real time saver.
It is for sure! I hate tracing onto wood, lines are never straight curves seem to never follow the right arc..... This way it's machine cut and all I have to do is lay down the vinyl and get at it
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It is for sure! I hate tracing onto wood, lines are never straight curves seem to never follow the right arc..... This way it's machine cut and all I have to do is lay down the vinyl and get at it
I need a "Like" button on here for when I agree with someone... LOL The vinyl and program will have to wait, unfortunately till I get everything settled with replacing all my tools that were stolen last weekend. Still trying to sort through all the stuff missing and putting on the forms, etc. But it's on my list to take care of, for sure!!!
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Very, very nice work.
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