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I am in the market for a sign making jig set. I looked at the reviews for both the Rockler and Woodcraft, but those did not get very good reviews. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks
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Ruth, none of the sign making kits are wonderful. They do work but can be a real pain to keep adjusted. You should look in the signmaking sub-section of the forums where you will find discussion on free handing signs, a very practical way to go. A steady hand and a set of router ski's will have you turning out great results in no time.

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Myself and a few others have the Milescraft sign making kit. Some have made improvements on it, but I've been using it right out of the box, but with a home made jig to hold my work down and hold the sign making kit to the work. I've made about 18 signs with it so far and I like it. But I am also practicing a bit freehand, and hope to one day retire the Milescraft!
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Well, as Mike said, there is no such thing as a really handy, easy-to-use sign making jig which is a great puzzle to me. It simply CANNOT be that hard. I sent the Rockler folks a nice note regarding their outfit and made some suggestions. I WAS going to send it back to them but I had ground up the PLASTIC busing and a couple letters and concluded it was no more use them than it was to me so I s---canned the whole box!! Ha! For one thing.....all they gotta do is make the stinking templates THICKER!! Then include the proper bush for those who don't already have a bunch of them. I'm sure it CAN be done at a retail than could produce a reasonable profit.
Until then I'm staggering along with an ancient set of stuff that I have modified and cobbled together.
Good luck in your search but I think Indiana Jones had an easier time finding the Temple Of Doom than you'll have finding a usable set!! LOL
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LONG Letter Template Guides

Letter Template Guides - Lee Valley Tools

Yes, the brass guides will fit the MIlesCraft jig, easy stuff...
P.C. type(size) A,B, guides AND C ring nut.

Just a note ,you can make your own templates to fit the MC jig..by using 1/8" thick MDF..
Like if you want 6" tall letters just use two of the rails..with a bit more support under them...easy stuff again..

If you want more support for the templates use 1/4" thick MDF and put a rabbet edge on it to fit into the rails,you can also glue the black template to some MDF, in that way you don't need cut out the letters in the glue on MDF,just a Hvy. frame so to speak.. and helps the templates from dropping out all the time..

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Well, as Mike said, there is no such thing as a really handy, easy-to-use sign making jig which is a great puzzle to me. It simply CANNOT be that hard. I sent the Rockler folks a nice note regarding their outfit and made some suggestions. I WAS going to send it back to them but I had ground up the PLASTIC busing and a couple letters and concluded it was no more use them than it was to me so I s---canned the whole box!! Ha! For one thing.....all they gotta do is make the stinking templates THICKER!! Then include the proper bush for those who don't already have a bunch of them. I'm sure it CAN be done at a retail than could produce a reasonable profit.
Until then I'm staggering along with an ancient set of stuff that I have modified and cobbled together.
Good luck in your search but I think Indiana Jones had an easier time finding the Temple Of Doom than you'll have finding a usable set!! LOL



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Hey Bob! That's all wonderful and I have no doubt you are correct in all you say.....as usual!! ha!
BUT.......what does a person do who just wants to BUY a kit that is EASY to assemble and EASY to use that gets reasonable results.
It still ain't out there.
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Hi Warren

You can get the Pro.set from Milescraft, see the reviews,it's a easy jig to use and setup..and you will get reasonable results the clamps that come with the set is the key to get good results..



Amazon.com: Milescraft 1212 Sign Pro Router Signmaking Jig: Home Improvement

Amazon.com: Milescraft 1206 SignCrafter Signmaking template kit with TurnLock: Home Improvement

Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Milescraft 1212 Sign Pro Router Signmaking Jig

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Hey Bob! That's all wonderful and I have no doubt you are correct in all you say.....as usual!! ha!
BUT.......what does a person do who just wants to BUY a kit that is EASY to assemble and EASY to use that gets reasonable results.
It still ain't out there.
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if you polish the alumuinum rails the router will slide better. I had the 1206 and that is what i did try it

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The 1212 from Milescraft fits the desription of easy to assemble and easy to use with reasonable results........... it would be nice if it were easier with better results but I am satisfied with and it also ther inlay kit.

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Thanks Mike. That was what I was figuring given the reviews of them. A friend asked me to make him a sign, and I told him sure. Then i sat there and thought do I use scroll saw and have letter pop forward or router and have them cut in. I think I will try both.
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