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Hi All,

I have a quick project I have to do that will require some lettering. I've been trying to research the various kits, like the Milescraft Sign Pro 1212, Rocklers Signmaker, and I saw reference to a Benchdog kit as well, but that really looks similar to the Rockler system.

All of them seemed to have mixed reviews, and some come with bits, some don't, etc. so it's a mixed bag. I would prefer a kit that has smaller 1-1/2" letters for this project, but also the capability to handle larger sizes. Seems Milescraft is the only one that goes down to 1-1/2" but I'm not sure what else is out there. I don't mind dropping the extra coin for a better kit that will outperform the others.

Are there any recommendations for kits out there that might be of higher quality? I'm just not the type who will ever be able to freehand, so I definitely need a crutch!

Thanks in advance.
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Not sure if it's what you're looking for Mr. M.,, but Lee Valley carries a selection...
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Thanks Danin. Upon quick review, that Lee Valley Router Template Set, is the private labeled Milescraft SignPro 1212 for +$20.

Thanks for trying!
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Good to know! Thank you, Mr. M.
Up here, N. of 49, LV is sometimes the most practical way of getting stuff that you guys would pick from Rockler and others.
I'm kind of curious though, those prices are in Canadian $$$. Your prices down there should be at least 20% cheaper, taking the exchange rate into account?
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Oh, that could be. I didn't notice the CAN distinction? I just saw the $75 price tag and knew the Milescraft 1212 could be had on Amazon for $59 USD, so that's as far as I went.

However, while the letter sizing is good, there are a lot of mixed reviews there, and here on that system. I was just hoping there was a next level of kits that are a little better than the Rockler / Milescrafts kits?
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N/a, The Milescraft kit is the same as the early Rockler and Craftsman kits.(Private labels) These kits work fine. The trick to using them is to not put too much sideways pressure against the templates. Take a look in our sign making forum here:

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Thank you Mike. I think this thread is in the Sign Making forum. I have scoured this the best I can, and again, all I'm able to find is very mixed reviews on the Milescraft and Rockler systems. I was actually hoping to find something that might be the next step better, but I'm not finding anything? I guess I'll just by the 1212 and see how that goes. Thanks.

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I just received the latest LV seasonal catalogue. On the back cover is their pantograph lettering kit...they include bits and everything, for $79 Can. There's a # to call to get out-of-Canada pricing.
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You might look at this outfit, Tarter Woodworking - How To

They are a member of this forum and I ordered some inlay templates from them and they are top quality.

They also have lettering templates that give sharp corners to "V"'s and such and not 2piece letters either. Worth a look .

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I just received the latest LV seasonal catalogue. On the back cover is their pantograph lettering kit...they include bits and everything, for $79 Can. There's a # to call to get out-of-Canada pricing.
Thanks Danin - I'm not so sure that I'm handy enough to deal with a Pantograph at this point. That might be the next step! Between router fitment and my abilities, that probably out of my league right now.
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