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I am using a Milescraft template set to route names on 1x3 stock. I need to have the routed letters painted white and the stock background stained solid Oxford Brown. Is there any way to do this without having to carefully paint in each letter with a small brush?

I know of the method where you seal the stock, rout, paint in the letters sloppily, sand the stock to get crisp letters, and then cover everything with a transparent coat. That works well for painted letters on a natural stock, but does not work if you need the stock stained/painted.

I tried staining the stock, covering it with painter's tape, and routing through the tape. I got very jagged edges with a new carbide bit. I also tried with clear packing tape - not as ragged, but still not clean edges and it had poor adhesion.

I don't know if there is a better tape to try or a better method altogether. I would appreciate any ideas. Note that this is not an income-producing project.

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HI Joe

This is just one more way to get clean sharp letters and numbers..

Scroll Saw...cut the letters/numbers push them out ,do the background then paint the letters and push them back in and glue in place,,when you cut the letters out stack two boards together and they will come out just like a router job but very clean...


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I am using a Milescraft template set to route names on 1x3 stock. I need to have the routed letters painted white and the stock background stained solid Oxford Brown. Is there any way to do this without having to carefully paint in each letter with a small brush?

I know of the method where you seal the stock, rout, paint in the letters sloppily, sand the stock to get crisp letters, and then cover everything with a transparent coat. That works well for painted letters on a natural stock, but does not work if you need the stock stained/painted.

I tried staining the stock, covering it with painter's tape, and routing through the tape. I got very jagged edges with a new carbide bit. I also tried with clear packing tape - not as ragged, but still not clean edges and it had poor adhesion.

I don't know if there is a better tape to try or a better method altogether. I would appreciate any ideas. Note that this is not an income-producing project.

Thanks,

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This is just one more way to get clean sharp letters and numbers..

Scroll Saw...cut the letters/numbers push them out ,do the background then paint the letters and push them back in and glue in place,,when you cut the letters out stack two boards together and they will come out just like a router job but very clean...
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Thanks for the idea, but I am afraid that the approach would take more time than the careful painting.

I think I gave you the wrong impression when I said it is not an income-producing project. While it may be a labor of love, it is not a loved labor. I have a whole bunch of these that I want to get done quickly, cheaply, and "good enough".

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Older and wiser guys will probably have a better method than mine but here's what I do: router the letters in a piece of wood a little longer than I need. Now.....paint the letters whatever color you choose, making sure the letter is well covered with paint. Be VERY careful to stay within the letter but don't sweat it if you go "outside the lines" a little bit. Now, when paint is dry, grab orbital sander and lightly sand face of the board, removing any paint that is not down IN the letters. I do this all the time. Then usually oil hell out of the sign. If you plan to paint entire sign do it first....THEN route your letters.
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Sorry Joe. I NOW see that you are already familiar with my method. Ooops.
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Hi Joe

Just one more way,,this is a fast way ..


Router the letters out,spray the letters with some good paint then let dry out then put it in the planer and remove the over spray to get a nice clean board again then use a paint roller (short hair type) and with two or three light coats and your done..

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Yep. Paint the letters however you like, sand the excess off the face of the sign.

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My way too, the easiest.



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There is of course the cheats way out, buy the MDF letters, available in many sizes and styles from craft shops, paint everything then glue the letters on. (I did say it was the cheats way but it is quick and simple!)

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Harry, you should be ashamed to print that!!



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