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We have not long moved home and i want to make a wooden house sign. I have never done this before so i am not really sure on the " type / species " of wood to use and the best / cheapest sign templates. Any help would be appreciated.

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I have made signs for people out of redwood & cedar. It worked out nice. I'm not sure what you have locally.

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Thanks guys, i can get the Red Cedar here in the uk so i will order some in the next week or so. Any thoughts on the Sign making jigs.

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ypu welcome, no idea about Sign Making Jigs
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Dave the Sign Pro from Milescraft gets lots of recommendations on this forum.

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Dave the Sign Pro from Milescraft gets lots of recommendations on this forum.
Thanks CanuckGal, sorry for the delay in getting back to you, i have been looking at the Sign Pro, but it only comes with 1 Font for the letters and numbers. I was hoping to find 1 that has various font templates that you can choose from.

I have seen it on the forum where they mention free-hand for doing it, but i am not that far advanced yet lol, I have the fonts for the pc to print-out but i don't want to chance that just yet .

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It's extra effort, but if you can make the sign lettering that you want on paper full size or slightly larger using the computer, you could trace it to a piece of 1/4" hardboard or MDF, then cut it out using a scroll saw, clean up the cuts, and then use it as a template with your router with the appropriate bit and collar to rout your sign.

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It's extra effort, but if you can make the sign lettering that you want on paper full size or slightly larger using the computer, you could trace it to a piece of 1/4" hardboard or MDF, then cut it out using a scroll saw, clean up the cuts, and then use it as a template with your router with the appropriate bit and collar to rout your sign.

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That is spot on CharleyL, don't know why i did'nt think of it lol, i have thousands of fonts, all kinds of type's. I can play about with different 1's in photoshop till i get it the way i like. I might can get hold of some PTFE and use that, a couple of millimetre thick should be just right.

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