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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 10-21-2012, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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made a new sign today... start to finish (no poly, its an inside sign). You guys always ask about different parts of my sign making process so i thought I'd show it to you from start to finish. This is a sign for a friend of mine that he is giving as a gift. he gave me the info on what the sign should read, and I offered him a few layouts and eventully narrowed it down to these two (first pic) and he chose the bottome one. next pic is a shot of the stencil i used as my template. I did all of the initial cuts with a 3/8" V groove and because if the short amount of time i chose to use a corebox bit of the same size to clean up the inside of the letters. after that I cut the sign out using my 14" PC bandsaw and sanded the edges with the stencil still on as my guide. after all the cutting and sanding I used white painter touch spray paint (3rd pic). once dried I removed the stencil (pic 4) and hand painted the background with Hyatts brand acrylic, and touched up any of the lettering with a Q Tip. Now its up to dry overnight and be handed off tomorrow (last pic is the finished product).










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Dan do you do these free hand?
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Dan do you do these free hand?
Yes I do, no skis or anything just router in hand

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Hi Dan- Really nice sign! Thanks for sharing the process. I have been contemplating making a few signs for family members for Christmas and your photos have provided some additional motivation. Could you share a little more information on how you make the template? Everything else seems pretty straightforward but using a template really makes so much sense.

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I use a graphic design program to make all of my signs. Once I get the layout I have it cut out of vinyl

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Thanks for sharing, Dan.

That gets the "grey matter" stirring.

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Nice job Dan. I remember when I first got a router, I tried to "write" my name freehand into a plank. Since then I've never thought of trying to do lettering freehand again.

Do you do several passes or just one?

Too bad that you couldn't add a router to the vinyl cutter and save that step. ;-)
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Nice job Dan. I remember when I first got a router, I tried to "write" my name freehand into a plank. Since then I've never thought of trying to do lettering freehand again.

Do you do several passes or just one?

Too bad that you couldn't add a router to the vinyl cutter and save that step. ;-)
-it depends on the size and shape of the lettering, if i can get it in one pass thats what ill do.

-i think thats called a cnc router. wouldnt need to make a vinyl stencil then. if i had the space and funds id look into one but right now its not in the plans.

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As always, Dan, love it. Nice work! After the acrylic, do you add poly or anything? (I'm sure you answered that once, but I forget... sorry)

Man, I really gotta look into that program and the vinyl... if you saw how I had to do it... lol

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Could you paint the black first, wait til dry, then adhere the vinyl, rout, paint the letters and then remove the vinyl?

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