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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-03-2015, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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I'm building a bar top out of 1x pine boards. I thought it would be neat to try and router some words on the bar top and had a design made up that is roughly 10 feet long and maybe 2 ft tall. The letters are about 2" wide. I'm going to route the letters and then paint them red. Then planning on using clear epoxy resin over the whole thing as a finish.

Can't decide what would be the best way to router the letters out. Either just use a V or round bit and trace the edges of the letters or to router the whole two inch wide letters out? That would be a lot of wood to remove and would be hard to keep the bottom flat.

Any advice on how you would do this and what bits you might use?
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Scott, I would use either a profile bit or a 90 deg like you thought. My 1st choice would be the profile bit. I bought mine from Dave's Signs in Arizona. They keep them in stock.

I would trace the outside of the letters and paint the letters red. I would probably paint the cut out another color to highlight the letters. You could do this with the 90 deg bit as well.

Practice on a scrap board to see what you like best.

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Frank, I never even thought about just doing the outline of the letters and then painting the leftover inside part another color. I like that. Will probably do the raised leftover inside of the letters red and the outlines black. Thanks for the suggestions.
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I am 100% positive I would mess up the project if I tried to freehand the sign with a router. That's just me. Sometimes the router has a mind of it's own!

I did manage to use a templeate to make a couple of signs. Here is one cut in maple, sprayed with flat black paint, sanded, then sprayed with a clear finish. It turned out nice.

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Here's how I made the letters on my grandson's toy box.
Outset letters and the background cleaned out and painted.
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Mike, is Maple easy to cut? I've never used it before.

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Mike, is Maple easy to cut? I've never used it before.
I wasn't cutting deep and the bit was fairly small, so I didn't have any problem with it.
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These pdf's show how I rout signs, I hope they are of some help.
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