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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 03-04-2015, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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I've been interested in making signs since I went with my wife to a craft show this past fall. I talked to a guy there that was making signs and it was very interesting. What would be a good router to start with, I would like to make signs with peoples names on them and signs with different sayings and maybe as I get better some of the artwork I've seen on here. I don't want the cheapest thing I can find but I also don't need the best thing on the market either, I just want a good quality router. What would be some good cutters to get also. Thanks for the help.
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I have a Bosch Colt router and I bought a plunge base for it that I use for signs. I suggest you look up Dave Rhoten on YouTube. He has a business that supports sign makers and has over 100 videos on making signs. He also has recommendations on routers.
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As John suggests, Go take a look at Dave Rhotan's website Make a Wood Sign or his uTube channel "oldave100". All the information you need to start out and they are very accommodating with inquiries.

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Welcome to the forum RC3435! Dave & Eric Rhoten are the youtube gurus on making routed signs.

Check em out here:

Order their series from oldest to newest and start at the beginning. In the Chrome browser, you can click on youtubes gear icon in lower right and speed them up 1.5x. They talk so slow you can still mostly understand then at 1.5x. Give yourself a fair chance to get used to it.

Go to your local box store and try a few routers in your hand to see how they feel for you. Keep the side of the palm of your hands on a flat surface as this is how they hold their routers for stability while they route their signs.

Bosch and DeWalt are very popular choices here it seems. The Rhoten's also use an old Porter Cable. Seems like 1 to 1-1/2 HP work well for them. Some folks even use laminate trimmers. One (or 2) of the Rhoten's videos even show how to put handles on a small router for better control.

Their videos cover everything about their business from routers, bits, wood, patterns, pricing and a whole lot more. The price is right too!


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I use the Ridgid 1-1/2 HP trim router with a custom base for control. It is small and light. You can go with a dewalt trim router but from what I see you have to drill out the back for the saw dust to have an exit. You don't have to do that with the Ridgid.
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Thanks guys. I've watched some of the videos and they are just what a new person needs. Thanks again for the information.
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