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I am very new to routers and sign making. I recently bought the Makita RT071C just for making signs and have made some crude tests using a 1/4-inch straight bit that I already had from my fathers old Sears router. The most difficult part of trying this has been the lack of enough light to see what I am doing. Flashlight in one hand, router in the other hand. This isn’t as easy as it looks. The easiest for me so far is just to sketch the letters on the wood with a pencil. Controlling the router without enough light isn’t easy. I have heard about the Rockler Interlock Sign Maker's Templates - State Park Font Kits and those look promising when I want exact letters. I’ve not seen these mentioned on this forum at all...yet. Does anyone here use them and what kind of bit works the best with these templates?

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add a flex LED light to the router...
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@harrysin has a post of a lighted base

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Get a cute female to hold your flashlight.

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add a flex LED light to the router...
I know zip about those things. Did some searching and watched a video on them after reading your post last night. I just donít understand them, but Iíd like to learn about them. I have a use for something like that in the kitchen too.

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Any chance that you have a link to that photo?

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Still looking for feedback on the Rockler Interlock Signmaker's Templates - State Park Font Kits.

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I believe this is the one you were wanting to link - Router Light

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I have and use two Milescraft products, the Signcrafter (I think it's called) and the Pantograph.

What I don't like about the Signcrafter is that you are limited to the font that is offered, although in 2 sizes, upper & lower case, plus numbers. But it is fairly easy to use and is consistent. The Rockler version requires attaching each letter individually. I haven't used that system but it's probably very similar. The Signcrafter sets up your letters in a fixed "track".

The Pantograph is basically unlimited as to font & size but has a little more of a learning curve than the Signcrafter.

I, as well as several people I know, also make signs freehand and there is a guy named Dave (?) who has a lot of YouTube videos about freehand sign making. A light may be helpful but really is probably not necessary. Maybe a clear (v. black) baseplate on your router also helps.

While making signs these ways is kind of fun to do, the CNC has, in my opinion, largely taken over the sign making process. So this is a whole new world for making signs with skills to learn, equipment to purchase, etc.

There are several options for bits but I generally prefer the chamfer or pointed ones. Whatever you use, you don't need to go as deep as you probably think that you need to. It's a lot easier to go back over a little deeper than the other way.

Hope this gives you some directions to take a look at.
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