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I'm thinking I need a jig to accomplish the outline routing like in this example?
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have you looked on amazon at the letter stencil kits,
stencils come in different sizes to
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its not the letters I need help with its the parallel line all the way around the entire sign.
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If you had the same pattern but about an inch in on all sides you could use a pattern bit or straight bit and template guide bushing.
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Pat, I use a straight edge and clamps to make lines like these.

Measure from the outside edge of the bit to the outside edge of your router base. Mark a light pencil line this distance from the location of the line you want to cut. Then clamp a straight edge in place on the pencil line, check your location again by raising the bit just above the surface of the board. Eyeball it to make sure everything is correct. Set the depth of cut and cut the line.

This is a little time consuming at first. But once you get the hang of doing it this way it won't take you as long to do this each time.

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Pat, I use a straight edge and clamps to make lines like these.

Measure from the outside edge of the bit to the outside edge of your router base. Mark a light pencil line this distance from the location of the line you want to cut. Then clamp a straight edge in place on the pencil line, check your location again by raising the bit just above the surface of the board. Eyeball it to make sure everything is correct. Set the depth of cut and cut the line.

This is a little time consuming at first. But once you get the hang of doing it this way it won't take you as long to do this each time.

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Frank, I can see your method working on the straight lines, but how would you set up for the corners? Just curious.

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Frank, I can see your method working on the straight lines, but how would you set up for the corners? Just curious.

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Herb, I would cut them freehanded.....I'd take shallow cuts and go slow. I would increase the depth and retrace my tracks......slow and easy.....until I reach the desired depth.

Wish that I had a better answer.....but this rookie doesn't.
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Frank, I appreciate your suggestion but like in the pic shown I do have the curve to deal with and my OCD wouldn't accept a freehand cut version. Maybe if I was more experienced at it I could get away with it.
I think I'll use the template routing suggested by Chuck, I could use the smaller one for a later sign and save it as a template for future signs.
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Pat if you make one to to your satisfaction with the straight sides and curved corners you can make another smaller one by hand with more than reasonable accuracy. If you take a thin board and put a peg through it that will follow the outline of the original and drill a hole for a pencil where you want the outline of the smaller jig to lie then you merely have to trace from the larger to make the smaller one. Of course you want to stay perpendicular to the edges and the curves but you would have to be off vertical to them by at least 10 degrees before it starts to become noticeable, something that is easily acheivable by eye.
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How about routing the radius first like routing a small circle and THEN cut out the radius. This would leave you some wood for a center pin that you can remove later...

Just thinking outside the circle...
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