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Good Day Folks!

I am interested in learning free-hand sign making, using a combination of routers, carving with a flexible shaft carver and chisels/gouges. I just purchased my routers, and put some money away to purchase some router bits.

I am looking for some recommendations/information on what type of bits to purchase. Not worried about brand has much has I am the stye of the bit. My routers use 1/4inch bits, and I am looking to spend around $50 - $75USD or less to get started.

I plan to start with letters, until I get the hang of using my router. Is it better to purchase small sets, or individual pieces?

Also, a quick suggestion on the species of wood for getting started.

Thank You in advance, for your suggestions, recommendations, and information,

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Steven, I am a newbie myself. I've been at it since Sept '14. Signs are my passion and all I love to make. I will eventually venture into other mediums, or so I've been told is the norm.

As for bits, go to Make a Wood Sign and purchase their Profile Bit, 60 degree Bit and 90 degree bits. They are solid carbide bits and of good quality. Father and son duo, Dave and Eric Rhoten, are a vast wealth of knowledge in sign making. I have watched all of their videos.....they are all free. They are very willing to talk with you and offer help. Visit their Youtube channel Oldave100.

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Welcome, Steven. Questionese is spoken here. Enjoy.
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Steven last time I bought a set it ended up in the land fill . Now I pretty much buy individual Freud bits as I need them , but each to his own
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Hi Steven. Welcome to our little corner of the 'net.

I would go with Frankj3's recommendation. He's made some pretty nice signs so I think he's really got a handle on it.
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RainMan's got it right. Buy something decent as you need it, You'll find out that you will probably use the same half dozen or so bits 90% of the time. Just get the odd ball ones as you need them.

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The guys are right. That's why my bits are the ones I told you about. I rarely use anything else.....except for a 45 degree chamfer bit. Bought that at Lowe's. Window shop the bits out there. Buy the ones you need.

Here's a sign I'm working on now. I used the profile bit for cutting the outset letters and the pigs. Used the 45 deg for the scalloped edges. Used the 90 deg for the background cut out.....commonly called a "cloud" and for the pigs. The parts of the pigs that were not cut out will be painted white. Trying to emulate a Hamshire pig.

Have fun......remember, everything you are making is an original by you. So there are no bad signs! LOL
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Welcome Steve. I agree with Frank, if your interest is making signs then you only need a few bits to make the lettering and background. A set would be of little use to you right now. Red cedar, redwood, and pine are good sign woods, easy to carve. Redwood and Cedar have a little better weather resistance. However, since you are not hand carving there really are no limits to what you can use.
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Steven, I used only the three bits I mentioned earlier. All I need to do now is clear coat the sign.

That's a 7" X 27" Cedar board. I get $75 for a sign like this.

The wood was scrapped from a house being remodeled. Picked it out of the scrap pile by the road.....with their permission.

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Steven, I used only the three bits I mentioned earlier. All I need to do now is clear coat the sign.

That's a 7" X 27" Cedar board. I get $75 for a sign like this.

The wood was scrapped from a house being remodeled. Picked it out of the scrap pile by the road.....with their permission.

Have fun!!!!
Frank your having way to much fun with making these signs. Looks like you have this down pat
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