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Hello new friends,

My name is Garry, I reside in Connecticut, I am the son of a carpenter and am a woodworking enthusiast. I do not earn my living as a woodworker, but enjoy "making saw dust".

When I was a kid, my folks would take my brother and I to the Danbury Fair in Danbury, CT. Among many other things, there was a craftsman in a booth that would make redwood name signs using a router. My Dad always stopped and watched as this expert quickly made beautiful signs. You never got a good view of how he did it, but could hear the router.

My Dad started experimenting in his shop (basement of our home) making signs. I won't go into all the details, but over time, he ended up with five different routers and a larger number of bits and templates. He had good hand-eye coordination and developed the ability to run the router free-hand after laying out the sign. I likened his ability to that of Norm Abram. His signs are still displayed in many public locations in northern New Jersey.

My Dad passed in March of this year at age 89. My brother and I divided up his woodworking tools and equipment - my brother has most of it. I ended up with my Dad's 1950 Atlas drill press (excellent condition), his 10" Makita chop saw, several drills, an old Porter Cable router and enough wood screws to last two lifetimes.

Items I acquired on my own over the years include a 12" Delta bandsaw, a 10" Ryobi table saw, an 8 1/4" Ryobi radial arm saw (which I just learned has a factory recall because of a product defect that makes it dangerous to operate) and plenty of Milwaukee power tools.

I have all of my Dad's old templates and intend to learn how to make signs, either free-hand the way my Dad did it, or with today's templates.

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If your looking to do free hand rounting watch for outofthewoodwork "Barb" on the forum she not only does freehand lettering but carbon copies pictures ( John Wayde as example ) and merrily routes it out. I I don't have a guide rail, a templae guide or somethng else locking my movement in, I'm all over the map with cuts the would win crooked line contests.
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G'day Garry. Welcome to the forum.

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Richard,

Thanks for the information.

I actually made several free-hand routed signs when I was around 13 years old with my Dad's assistance - they were pretty good. I lost interest and am just now thinking of jumping back into it.

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G'day to you, James! Thank you for the welcome message. Garry
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