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Im currently new to the whole free hand routing thing, but i know after some practice i would be able to get it down. Now my question pertains to the image i have attached to this post and im wondering what type of router and bit i should use to carve something like this out? I want to be able to carve it completely through the wood so i can see throught it. I going to make a table with this and going to have green led lights light up the lettering from the inside through probably some plexi glass of some sort.

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Hi N/a and welcome to the forum.

I know this is a router forum, but I would be looking at a scroll saw?

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Welcome to the forum n/a. James may be right depending on how fine you want the points on the pattern to be. About the smallest bit I would try that with would be a 1/4" diameter, preferably an upcut spiral. The lines are uneven enough that you could do it freehand and would probably look good even if you don't perfectly match the lines on the pattern. Probably the best way to do it (scroll saw, jig saw, or router) would be to have that blown up to the size you want at a copy shop and then glue it down with spray glue or water soluble glue.

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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James,
I also would have said a scroll saw :-)
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