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Damn, you guys make me feel like a neo-Luddite at times. The only things I copy and use as is are fonts, found a site that pretty well covers all the font styles I care for. Otherwise I rough sketch whatever out freehand, then finalize it.


Believe me, i freehand draw a lot as well. But with text, even small errors are so easily noticeable. I like them to be drawn as perfectly as possible.... because thereís no doubt my scroll saw cuts will be less than perfect!


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Believe me, i freehand draw a lot as well. But with text, even small errors are so easily noticeable. I like them to be drawn as perfectly as possible.... because thereís no doubt my scroll saw cuts will be less than perfect!
I don't normally draw numbers out. I print them, glue them to a piece of 1/2" plywood, scrollsaw close to the line, then sand to the line, which gives me a usable number. If I screw one up, just redo. Then I glue the cutout one to another piece, rout around that, and that is my master. I can then tack it down, to 1/2" plywood, and clone exact copies all day long. If I want a different size, I repeat the whole process. As far as I recall I have never done this with letters, only numbers. Works for me.

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You are dong something very different than i am. For carving, I'd do what you do. When using a router inlay kit, it's not that simple, unless you do it freehand every time. You have to account for the offset of the kit you're using.
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You are dong something very different than i am. For carving, I'd do what you do. When using a router inlay kit, it's not that simple, unless you do it freehand every time. You have to account for the offset of the kit you're using.
It's all me, I don't use a router inlay kit, whatever extra I need I figure it out and do it.

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It's all me, I don't use a router inlay kit, whatever extra I need I figure it out and do it.


Thereís definitely a satisfaction that comes with doing it all freehand. But with letters and numbers which might be used again several times it just saves time to make a stencil and use a kit. And hey, the stencil is made and cut freehand, so thereís that.




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Thereís definitely a satisfaction that comes with doing it all freehand. But with letters and numbers which might be used again several times it just saves time to make a stencil and use a kit. And hey, the stencil is made and cut freehand, so thereís that.
Letters, numbers, whatever, if I want make more than one, I make a master. With that I can precisely duplicate whatever, time after time. I would not call them stencils, as they are 1" thick, but can serve the same purpose, for routing numbers, or painting them. These are not for really small numbers, for painting, for that I "would" make a stencil, but I don't care to make anything I can't use a router with, and don't need an kit.

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Hereís another set of letter templates Iíve been working on. I made this piece to give away at a family reunion Iím organizing.
I included a photo of one of the nine total template cards required for these five letters.
The materials are Purpleheart inlay on a cedar background.

Currently looking for ideas on finishing. There are some slight improvements i can make to the template cards, and my letter spacing needs some work, but otherwise Iím pleased and i think itíll look very nice once a finishing coat and a border or edge work is added.

Incidentally i donít have a piece wide enough to finish the S but it should arrive by mail today.






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Forgot to add the pic of one of the stencil cards. This one makes up part of the letter O.




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Forgot to add the pic of one of the stencil cards. This one makes up part of the letter O.




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Damn! That's some really nice finished work. My 1st attempt at an inlay (previous thread in this section) was a simple rectangular shape. I made the template 4 times before I was satisfied (or burned out), and the end result still had some extremely small gaps, but still gaps. I think it will take me many more attempts before I can conquer the process.
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