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Hi all. Looking for some advice. I have been asked to make a name sign for a friends daughter. I am a little reluctant (cause she insists on payin for it), and I have never done one before. what is the best way to routing freehand letter, ie. style of letters, type of wood, bit, etc. she doesn't want raised letters. Also for name signs what is the best size? I was thinkin 3" x 12". The name goin on it is Jaliyah, that's why I chose 12".
If they turn out good I will probably make more for family and friends and see where it goes from there.
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Hi all. Looking for some advice. I have been asked to make a name sign for a friends daughter. I am a little reluctant (cause she insists on payin for it), and I have never done one before. what is the best way to routing freehand letter, ie. style of letters, type of wood, bit, etc. she doesn't want raised letters. Also for name signs what is the best size? I was thinkin 3" x 12". The name goin on it is Jaliyah, that's why I chose 12".
If they turn out good I will probably make more for family and friends and see where it goes from there.
Frank
I would just practice one some less expensive wood like pine or poplar. I do all mine free hand but I have had a few years of practice.

Start shallow to practice, then go deeper as you get a feel for the grain and how the router reacts to changing direction.

I do mark everything in pencil first and if you wish to make the letters the exact same size, you can use wood borders\stops to prevent the router from travelling to far up and down. This works great but it can make the work look funky IMO. Better to have it look natural working freehand.

Good dust collection makes seeing what you are doing a lot easier.


Just remember what my father always said, " Half the people in this world are below average!", and everything in life will make a hellova lot more sense.
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Frank, you were just given excellent advise by Brad.

I would add look around in your word document for a font ylu like. Print it out full size. Then use carbon paper to trace it onto your board. Use the bit of your choice and trace the letters. Take your time.......it's not a race.

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Hi CowboyFrank,


I found this last night. It is father and son sign makers. The name is Dave Rhoten just search in Youtube. You will get a lot of good ideas on how to do name sign freehand.
I hope that helps.


Cheers Graham.
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Thanks Graham. That was a very interesting site. I just need to get the nerve up to buckle down and try my hand at it. lol
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