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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-21-2014, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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This is my first sign and I made it using my homemade Copycarver.
I made a pattern out of 1/4 luan and used luan scraps to raise the logo and lettering.
There are mistakes, and I learned a lot making this first sign.
I initially used a 1/8 bit to outline all the raised area and then used a 1/2 inch bit to do the rest of the relief work. One thing I will change for next time is, I will do my routing in layers rather than hogging it all out at one time.
Another change is that I will wax my pattern to make sure that the follower glides smoothly over the surface.
Using a hot glue gun to attach the letters was a good thing because I could set one letter with hot glue, and almost immediately press a spacer nest to that letter to set the next.
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Looks like that came out well,
how long does that take to do a sign that size
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The actual routing took less than an hour. The template on the other hand took me a couple days. All I had to work with was a 1 x 1 inch picture of the logo I got off the Cinch Gaming - eSports Tournament Game Controllers website. When you blow something that is so small up to actual size it is very fuzzy and cannot be used as a pattern.
This sign is for my son, so labor was no issue.
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The sign indicates your effort to build the machine was well worth while. That said, I like the under-cut effect on the pattern too.

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The sign indicates your effort to build the machine was well worth while. That said, I like the under-cut effect on the pattern too.
It is interesting you would mention that. The undercut look is from me gluing blocks under the pattern to raise it up, but I am thinking that it would also be interesting to try a dovetail bit in the router to undercut the finished sign.
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Well, I think the whole project came out quite nicely, sign, copy carver, et al. Way to go.

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Looks good John.

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You've got what I need, John.... MOTIVATION!
Looks really good - Well done!!
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Nice job, John! Looks Amazing!

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