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Hello everyone from Las Vegas. Need a little education from all of you who are much more advanced than I. My wife and I are working on a project wherein we need to create several vintage looking old time wooden signs with simple words and shapes routed out of the wood. Ive done some homework and Im confused. One, what is a plunge router and do I need it to create old tavern type looks and two, are there any simple idiot-proof forums on here I can learn from? Thank you to all who will help us.
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Hello welcome to the forums,
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Hi Bryan, welcome to the forum.

1. This video should explain the difference.
Wood Tips: Routers - Plunge vs Fixed Based Router - YouTube

2. Yes, this forum....

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Welcome to the forum Bryan.

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To age the wood and turn it a naturally aged grey you simply have to prepare a mixture of vinegar and steel wool, let it sit for 4 or 5 days. put a coat of tea on the wood then a coat of this mixture and it has always worked well for me. You can google it (aging wood) for specific instructions
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This pdf shows how I made my first freehand sign.
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Welcome to the forum Bryan. You can use a non plunging router but the plunge type is a little easier and safer. To use the regular type base you would tip the router over to one side and then gently lower it into the wood somewhere in between the letters.

Someone I consider a master woodworker once told me that a master woodworker is not someone who never makes mistakes. He is someone who is able to cover them up so that no one can tell.
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Go to YouTube and do a search on 'Dave Rhoten'. He has a wood sign making business and about 80 YouTube videos that you can learn a great deal about making wood signs without spending any money.
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