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hi all my name is lee this is the first time ive been on here and my first post so any help is so appreciated. i have carved a sign for my girlfriends horse by hand and it has turned out so well and so unique and as soon as some1 seen it they wanted me to carve them 3 and now i have such a big list but when i put the letters on it i made a template out of plywood and just used a hand held dremmel and because i have such a big order i was thinking of buying a router but im not sure what router to buy or if it would give me fine detail or maybe there is a router bit that would give me the fine detail ....could any1 help me out here ....many thanks in advanced lee
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hi all my name is lee this is the first time ive been on here and my first post so any help is so appreciated. i have carved a sign for my girlfriends horse by hand and it has turned out so well and so unique and as soon as some1 seen it they wanted me to carve them 3 and now i have such a big list but when i put the letters on it i made a template out of plywood and just used a hand held dremmel and because i have such a big order i was thinking of buying a router but im not sure what router to buy or if it would give me fine detail or maybe there is a router bit that would give me the fine detail ....could any1 help me out here ....many thanks in advanced lee
Hi Lee - Welcome to the forum
Congratulations on the success of your sign making business.
Sounds like you are looking for a small trim router such as the Bosch Colt. Not sure just how fine you need to go. Can you post a picture of one of your signs? Router bits are available down to 1/16" but life expetancy on those isn't much. With a dremel, you were probably using 1/8" bit.

Here is another option I think may work for your application:
Marvel 40 3-in1 Router Kit
I haven't got one of those myself, so I can't testify to quality or anything else. Have heard mixed reviews.

You said you made a template out of plywood. How do you follow that template to make a sign?

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Wecome Lee! I vote for the Bosch Colt too. There are two models, a single speed model and a variable speed model. You might want to go with the variable speed as it may be required for some of your future needs. There is not a huge price difference between the two of them so you might as well get the variable speed upgrade right off the bat. I started off with the single speed model and ended up geting the variable speed.

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Hi Lee. Welcome to the RouterForums community. Glad to have you as part of our great forum.




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Greetings Lee and welcome to the router forum. We are pleased you have chosen to join with us. I have the Marvel, not bad but could be better ie variable speed and soft start. I have heard good things regarding thr Bosch. If you choose to go with a full sized, whatever that means, check the Craftsman combo. I have one, it's a great router. Keep asking and we will answer what we can.

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thanks for all your replys and think im goin to get the bosch fixed base router with variable speed ....some 1 asked how i followed my plywood template with a dremmel ...the answer is with great difficulty lol ....ive still not got a pic of my plaque on my computer but when i do i will be sure to post it on
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Marvel 40 3-in1 Router Kit is highly recommended on multiple websites I've looked at
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Hi tantrum, it has been a while since you made your selection and I was just wondering how it worked out for you. I was looking at Bosch fixed base today as well the colt and I got to say I really liked the feel of Colt. I'm not into signs, but I was looking for something more for hinges and cabinet making.

The Marvel 40 3-in1 Router looks pretty nice as well, but Iím not able to hold that one.
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Johnny,

I've got a Colt and love it. The body of the tool is comfortable in one hand and the "finger depressions" give me great control. Two thumbs up!

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Johnny,

I've got a Colt and love it. The body of the tool is comfortable in one hand and the "finger depressions" give me great control. Two thumbs up!
Iíve been looking around and it seems that a lot of people are happy with it. I think if I get time tomorrow, Iím going ahead and buy it. Well maybe I should do a little price shopping 1st.

Iím getting tired of my big bulky Craftsman. It has its special moments, but for the most part I need something smaller and more comfortable.
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