First off thank you all for the kind words,
where to start first, let me say I have only been sign making for only a year and Three months with no knowledge or skill before starting. I never picked up a carving tool other than a pocket knife, and I once built a toy box for my daughter some 17 years ago with no carpentry experience. to make a long story short I watched a lot of videos and television (see my profile story) anyways I am hand routing all of my signs, and after I get to a point I start to hand carve them. not all of them are carved by hand but all are free hand routed. the first sign I used corel draw, Old English font and traced the letters with carbon paper to the wood. cut it out with a profile bit and a 60 deg cutter both from whiteside. than carved out the grooves with small carving set, prayed it with MARSH Ink, and sanded it with a 80grit belt sander and finished it with 120grit, lastly I sprayed it with a clear enamel gloss krylon from home depot. I sold that sign for $140.00 believe it or not. Anyone can do this if you can color with crayons and stay in the lines you can do exactly what I'm doing in a short amount of time, and your going to screw some up I have a wall full of them. (my problem was depth control) but after you figure your mistakes, you can make theme in your sleep.
if anyone needs help ill be more than glad to add my comments
Last edited by Stan Richardson; 05-30-2013 at 02:46 PM.