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hello all. Welcome from Sydeney.

I am intyerested in making wooden signs as a hobby. I have just made one with one word on hardwood with a clock face. I purchased a cheap set of letters and sign frame - ultimately a mistake due to lack of strength and flexibility.

So this week i have been surfing for options, and i was leaning to the Milescraft 1212 signpro as it appears to be robust and not limited to small number of words. Then on this forum someone suggested the Milescraft 3D pantograph.

So after all this, I am confused and ask for help!
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G'day Greg. Welcome to the forum.

Those letter templates are OK, but if you want to get serious (hobbywise) you might try freehand routing.

Check out our section on signmaking....lots of tips.

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Hi, Greg.

Here is another good site for sign making info...

Dave's Signs | How to Make Router Wood Signs Video

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

I don't suffer from insanity. I enjoy every minute of it.
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Duplicate post, cranky computer!

I have found that hand tools are the best choice when I want to make mistakes at a slower rate of speed.

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Greg, I have the 1212 from Milescraft. And I like it very much. I've also gave a shot at free hand (and plan on doing more), but for quick, simple signs, I don't think you can beat the 1212. I made 20-30 signs for Christmas presents last year. Never had to scrap any of them. I built a jig, for the jig, I guess you can say, and it helped. The first 3 pics is of my set up when routing the signs, and the last two are a couple of the signs I made. The last one, I even added some burning of images to the sign. The blue painters tape reminds me that those letters are just spacers, not to be routed out.
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Greg, I have the 1212 from Milescraft. And I like it very much. I've also gave a shot at free hand (and plan on doing more), but for quick, simple signs, I don't think you can beat the 1212. I made 20-30 signs for Christmas presents last year. Never had to scrap any of them. I built a jig, for the jig, I guess you can say, and it helped. The first 3 pics is of my set up when routing the signs, and the last two are a couple of the signs I made. The last one, I even added some burning of images to the sign. The blue painters tape reminds me that those letters are just spacers, not to be routed out.
Some good idea there, Lee

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Thanks for your information and photos. Your jig has made something that I thought difficult to be simple. I like your support of the Signpro - I agree that quick signs can be made very quickly.

I will try freehand later. Confidence first.

I have included my 1st attempt - a clock for work friend.
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Thanks for your information and photos. Your jig has made something that I thought difficult to be simple. I like your support of the Signpro - I agree that quick signs can be made very quickly.

I will try freehand later. Confidence first.

I have included my 1st attempt - a clock for work friend.

Not too shaby, Greg. I would be happy with that for a first attempt.

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Thanks James. I take what I learn here, and combine it with what I see everyday on the job, in machine shops and put it all to good use in my shop!!

You welcome, Greg, and that is indeed a nice looking sign/clock!
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