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Any recommendations for a good and easy to use commercial router 1 1/2" letter template kit?
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Hi ,I have a milescraft set.They take some getting use to and you don't have fancy fonts but i like them.Made a few signs for my friends camps and cabins they seemed happy with them.
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Hello,
Any recommendations for a good and easy to use commercial router 1 1/2" letter template kit?
Hello!

What sort of a template?-
is it a paper set like I' ve seen from milescraft?
In this case , Most of windows installations comes with dozen of installed fonts witch
you can use to print letters or words any size with your printer.

You can also google for free fonts.ttf (ttf is for true type fonts)

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Not not the pantograph.just the sign pro set.Though the pantograh looks tempting.
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I second Tdog and the Milescraft! I have it and it's very easy to use. Here's a link: 1212 - SignPro™ - Milescraft
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I've got both the Milescraft and the Rockler sets. Both have their quirks. I like the Rockler font set (Comic Sans) and it just sticks down to the workpiece with carpet tape. It does require a special super short barrel bushing. They include a plastic bushing with the set but that thing wears out in a heartbeat, really need the optional, read extra $$, brass bushing. The Milescraft set is a bit fussy with the frame arrangement they use. Either are usable but take some getting used to.

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I've got both the Milescraft and the Rockler sets. Both have their quirks. I like the Rockler font set (Comic Sans) and it just sticks down to the workpiece with carpet tape. It does require a special super short barrel bushing. They include a plastic bushing with the set but that thing wears out in a heartbeat, really need the optional, read extra $$, brass bushing. The Milescraft set is a bit fussy with the frame arrangement they use. Either are usable but take some getting used to.
Hi John,

I have the Milescraft letter and numbers set I bought (stole) from a wood shop a few days ago. I don't have the jig to fit them in so I was going to try the carpet tape way of attaching them. Do you think if I were to make a fixture from 1/4 or 3/8 inch stock with a cut-out just a tad bigger than the letter then tape the letters to it using carpet tape would work? All I would need is one fixture the same size as just one of the letters then move it accordingly for each letter as I route it out.

Any thoughts or suggestions on my idea?

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Hi John,

I have the Milescraft letter and numbers set I bought (stole) from a wood shop a few days ago. I don't have the jig to fit them in so I was going to try the carpet tape way of attaching them. Do you think if I were to make a fixture from 1/4 or 3/8 inch stock with a cut-out just a tad bigger than the letter then tape the letters to it using carpet tape would work? All I would need is one fixture the same size as just one of the letters then move it accordingly for each letter as I route it out.

Any thoughts or suggestions on my idea?
Hi Ken - Don't see why you couldn't. If I were to attempt it, I think I would use 3/4" hardwood stock with grooves cut along the narrow edge just wide enough to slip fit the templates in. Would need the groove wide enough for the templates to go in easily but not so wide they could slip over each other. Also need a way to fix them in place once they are assembled in the correct order. The hardwood rails would provide a base for your router to ride on so the base of the router isn't touching the templates, just the guide bushing. You need to place the groove such that it will hold the templates far enough above the stock to accomodate the barrel length of the bushings. The barrels can be shortened on the bandsaw if need be but need to be long enough to effectively guide you. Just a couple of thoughts on what I think would be needed. I think Bj and N'awlins have both already done something similar.

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Hi Ken - Don't see why you couldn't. If I were to attempt it, I think I would use 3/4" hardwood stock with grooves cut along the narrow edge just wide enough to slip fit the templates in. Would need the groove wide enough for the templates to go in easily but not so wide they could slip over each other. Also need a way to fix them in place once they are assembled in the correct order. The hardwood rails would provide a base for your router to ride on so the base of the router isn't touching the templates, just the guide bushing. You need to place the groove such that it will hold the templates far enough above the stock to accomodate the barrel length of the bushings. The barrels can be shortened on the bandsaw if need be but need to be long enough to effectively guide you. Just a couple of thoughts on what I think would be needed. I think Bj and N'awlins have both already done something similar.
Hi John and thanks for the reply,

As opposed to making one long holder so to speak I was thinking of making just one larger than the single template because I thought each of them had the same outside measurement, they don't. Now its back to the drawing board and using your suggestion. Probably the best way would be to use two equal lengths of stock, route a groove in each one and join them together at each end using a template as a guide for width because they are at least the same length. Routing a 3/16 inch wide groove in one piece and a 5/8 inch wide in the other would work quite well I think. Holding the templates in place is no problem. Rockler has double sided stickers in 1/2 inch diameter that come in packs of 300 so I ordered three packs a few weeks ago as well as 3 packs of the 60 count 2 inch stickers.

I have several pieces of 24x6x3/4 Red Oak that could be used and using 3/4 thick stock I don't see the need to shorten the guide barrels, even by keeping the templates flush with the stock surface. After thinking about it and checking I found out even 1/2 inch stock could be used keeping the templates flush with the stock surface.

Now then, do you see any flaws in my plan of attack?

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Have you tried to call the company, explaining your situtation ?
For my taste the framing between the lettering allows to much spacing between the letters. I understand why they had to do this, but never the l e s s,,,,,,,,
I made a report some time back what I did to remeidy this in my world, a little more complicated, but showing the differance to several friends & then offering the change to remake the ones I had made was a resounding OK. It also allowed me to letter the main topic (or their last name) in an arch which allowed the overall sign to me smaller with some space for intresting additions pertaining to the indivigals intrest. As true with CNC's machines. You do not see the CNC sign programs offering the,, l e t t e r s,,, spaced as such. Boils down to what ever flotes your boat, I supose.

As a side note: When I was ask if i could make some signs from several non woodworking friends at our RV over the fire get-to-gethers. ( and ironic a couple of woodworking buddy's also) I was talking to my next door neighbor about buying a Milescraft kit. "Hey some where I have one, will bring it over" was his reply. Well it was not all there,,,,the key components mising was there plastic bace plate & the bit centering tool. Call the factory explaining I would buy one, if nothing else just to see if the overall system would apeal to me, Sure was her reply.

I ended up buying my own kit later, their design kit & and an extra 2 1/2 lettering set. So they know what a little customer service could bring. Thing to get lost or mis-place over time, at least that was my neighbors reasoning also. He gained a new base plate & centering tool for the kit's use.

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