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Cool My first (test) freehand sign...

As I have mentioned before, I had been commissioned by the Men's Shed to make a sign for one of the members.

I have looked at various ways to make the sign and the way I would like to go with was using the router skis with the work piece ( a piece of Jarrah) locked in a jig.

Another way was to cut the sign freehand using a smaller Ozito router.

The outline of the letters will be cut using a CNC laser cutter that the shed has acquired.

I decide to make a test cut on some scrap ply today using the Ozito router and a 7mm straight cutter.

The depth was set and locked, so, in use, it acted like a fixed base router.


Here are some photos of the result....
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Well clearly your method worked very well. It looks great. I'm very envious of having access to a laser cutter.

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Hi James very good for first time some hidden talents showing there. regards carl

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couldn't the laser been used to do it all??? or is that possible...know nothing of laser cutters..nice to have finished outter edge pre-done..steady hand and stay inside the lines..like coloring book as a child....good job though..

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couldn't the laser been used to do it all??? or is that possible...know nothing of laser cutters..nice to have finished outter edge pre-done..steady hand and stay inside the lines..like coloring book as a child....good job though..
I have an 80 watt laser and in mdf at max it's about 2mm deep vectoring , so no . Great for tracing the outline though . An 80 watt will cut threw 6mm plexiglass pretty much perfectly though, just not wood . I can cut threw that thin wood used by model aircraft builders which is a bonus if you've ever cut out all those parts . It's not balsa anymore , it's something much harder.

James are you chiseling the corners as I'm not seeing a radius? Great job
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James to bad you didn't post a video of some of this as I'd be interested to see it as it's made . Not understanding how you stay in the lines so well and straightaways
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James to bad you didn't post a video of some of this as I'd be interested to see it as it's made . Not understanding how you stay in the lines so well and straightaways
Yes James, or at least some pics with the skis doing the work.
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Nice work James.

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Nice job James! Especially block lettering on the first freehand! May I make a suggestion? Use a v-bit to outline, and use the straight as a clean-out. I think you'll like the effect, as most signs made use the angle, with the exception of recessed signs (or when the letters are raised. I forget the term.) I use an Amana triple edge flute bit (roughly $65 here) and use my 1/16 for clean out or my 1/8 for larger areas

I'm really impressed, because block lettering is a bugger. You took your time and had the patience. Hats off to you, my friend

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