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Can anyone help me with routing lettering on the edge of a plank? I have some solid wood kitchen counter top that I am converting into chopping boards for family wedding presents etc. and would like to put a date or message on the edge surface, where it will not collect too much debris or be damaged by people cutting. I had thought of making or buying a router pantograph, but don't see quite how I can mount the board with its edge in the correct plane as most commercial ones are designed to rout the larger face surface. Any suggestions gratefully received. This will be a project for when I get back from my holidays.
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Can anyone help me with routing lettering on the edge of a plank? I have some solid wood kitchen counter top that I am converting into chopping boards for family wedding presents etc. and would like to put a date or message on the edge surface, where it will not collect too much debris or be damaged by people cutting. I had thought of making or buying a router pantograph, but don't see quite how I can mount the board with its edge in the correct plane as most commercial ones are designed to rout the larger face surface. Any suggestions gratefully received. This will be a project for when I get back from my holidays.
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I think you would have to do it freehand and probably the way I have described in previous posts, write it in a script that you want, on your computer, print it to a size suitable, prime the timber with either shellac or water based varnish, stick on the template and rout over with a very fine round nose bit, or a vee bit, then finish in the normal way after removing the paper.



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Many thanks for the advice. I am just back from holiday so I will experiment once I have got myself sorted out.
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I think also ... mark the board thickness lines on the edge of a thicker piece of wood [to be cut down to the thinner chopping board... then... after you have routed ... however its done you can skinny down the wood in a thicknesser to the right height... it might make it alot easier to route on... and reduce the threat and risk or tear offs.

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In spite of having freehand routed signs, there are occasions when sending a project out to be laser engraved is the best thing to do.

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I have some solid wood kitchen counter top that I am converting into chopping boards...
If you have not already cut it up, with some good planning, you can do the job while the countertop is still whole. Much easier than trying to route an edge.

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Thanks for the advice. I think I will probably sandwich the board, which is about 40mm thick, between a couple of thicker pieces and use a Dremel in a router base or tile grout base to keep it steady for freehand routing.
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