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Templates are almost a necessity anytime you will be making multiples of a sign design. With the popularity of "Man Cave" signs I decided to experiment with a layout template. First I cut one on the scroll saw as sort of a test of the concept and it worked pretty well. Then I thought how much better it would be if it were laser cut and I could make more than one. I designed it with letters that are quick and easy to carve and are purposely crude so any wobbles will still look okay.

I found a company online that laser cuts various materials to your specifications in a variety of materials sized 7 x 7", 15" x 15", or 15" x 31". For my test I ordered the template cut out of double-thick corrugated cardboard in the 15" x 15" size and was able to get 5 templates on the sheet. It would be easy to set-up multiple designs on one sheet.

I received my order within 7 days and the 15" x 15" cardboard sheet came with removable white protective paper on both sides to keep the all the pieces in place. You can see the how the pieces arrived and then with the waste removed. I separated the individual templates with a utility knife. The template is used like a stencil and sprayed with ink or paint to transfer the pattern. After that it is just a matter or routing out all the black area.

You may find a template like this helpful if you have designs that are used frequently. Here's the source: Ponoko.com

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Templates are almost a necessity anytime you will be making multiples of a sign design. With the popularity of "Man Cave" signs I decided to experiment with a layout template. First I cut one on the scroll saw as sort of a test of the concept and it worked pretty well. Then I thought how much better it would be if it were laser cut and I could make more than one. I designed it with letters that are quick and easy to carve and are purposely crude so any wobbles will still look okay.

I found a company online that laser cuts various materials to your specifications in a variety of materials sized 7 x 7", 15" x 15", or 15" x 31". For my test I ordered the template cut out of double-thick corrugated cardboard in the 15" x 15" size and was able to get 5 templates on the sheet. It would be easy to set-up multiple designs on one sheet.

I received my order within 7 days and the 15" x 15" cardboard sheet came with removable white protective paper on both sides to keep the all the pieces in place. You can see the how the pieces arrived and then with the waste removed. I separated the individual templates with a utility knife. The template is used like a stencil and sprayed with ink or paint to transfer the pattern. After that it is just a matter or routing out all the black area.

You may find a template like this helpful if you have designs that are used frequently. Here's the source: Ponoko.com

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Oliver you have me fired up. Where can I learn about sign making?
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Oliver you have me fired up. Where can I learn about sign making?
Here's the best source with over 150 How-To videos on YouTube: OldDave100. A word of warning — sign making is addictive. Some of us may soon need a 10-step program.
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Here's the best source with over 150 How-To videos on YouTube: OldDave100. A word of warning — sign making is addictive. Some of us may soon need a 10-step program.
Thanks Oliver I am sure your right. It's all a money pit but what the heck.
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Thanks Oliver I am sure your right. It's all a money pit but what the heck.
Actually sign making is relatively inexpensive. Other than the router, you can do just about everything with four basic bits. A lot of signs are being made using cedar fence boards so even the stock is cheap. Here are the bits:

(1) The Profile Bit is has 15º sides that taper to 60º at the tip. Used to carve images and around the edges of the letter for outset text. Outset meaning the letter remains as wood with the background carved away from it.

(2) The Whiteside SC50 bit. Has a very fine point and use for very small detail. Can't be used much deeper than 3/32" because the tip is so sharply pointed it can break with too much lateral stress.

(3) The 60º bit is used for inset letters (the letter is carved out of the wood) and for larger image carving

(4) The 90º bit is used create a knobby pattern as you carve away the backgrounds around text and the inside of images. I have also used a spiral bit when I want a smooth flat background.
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Hi Gaffboat,

Very nice signs well done.


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A most excellent post and explanation Oliver.
I'm not so sure a 10 step procedure will work for me......it may take a LOT more than that!! LOL
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"purposely crude"
It is after all, a cave!
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