Join Date: Oct 2012
Country: United States
First Name: Barb
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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?
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.
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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