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What is the most popular size letters and numbers that I should order to get started with? Also do I need to order more than one of a letter or just move them around? I see there is more than one material that letters are made of so which is best. I know about "Dave" on You Tube is he the cheapest place to order from? Just needing a little help to get me started.

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What I do is layout the text I need on the computer, print it out on the laser printer, and transfer it to my wood. That way I can use any size and any font I like. I know there are several others here using a similar technique. If you use the Rhoten's method you will need more than just one of each letter. You'll want to be able to lay out all your text at once and not rely on moving individual letters to make a word. If you are making their style of sign you'll probably at least a couple of sizes and that can get pretty pricey buying all the letters.
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Thanks Oliver. Is there a good source to learn about transferring the letters to wood?

I have a HP Officejet Pro 8600 and I don't think it is a laser printer. I ask google but they didn't know. Maybe they think I should already know.

I might be able to buy a cheap laser printer for less than buying letters.
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Thanks Oliver. Is there a good source to learn about transferring the letters to wood?

I have a HP Officejet Pro 8600 and I don't think it is a laser printer. I ask google but they didn't know. Maybe they think I should already know.

I might be able to buy a cheap laser printer for less than buying letters.
Here's a discussion thread on transferring patterns, Don. If you scroll down a ways you'll find Barb's video where she demonstrates the wintergreen oil transfer method which is the method I now use exclusively.
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The Rhotens just announced some starter packs of their letters. If you want to use their system, the starter packs give you an affordable entry point. Here's the link: Clarendon Layout Letters & Numbers
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Don, recently I started printing out my design on my printer using regular copy paper. Then I glue the print down on my board using an aerosol glue.....the 3M brand is my choice. Then I just carve right through the paper.

I do have some layout letters that I use like Dave and Eric. I find that is a fast method.....but I don't have the font I've been carving most. So that's what prompted me to start gluing and carving. Now, I tend to prefer this method.

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Like Oliver and Frank; I also print and glue the paper to the wood and then carve it out. So much easier than doing lettering layouts and you have much more variety in your style of fonts. You can do the print, glue and carve with either an inkjet or a laser printer. I currently only have an inkjet printer and it works just fine. As seen in the examples below. Have fun at what you do and looking forward to seeing some of your work.
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You guys have been a real help to me on how to get started making signs and I appreciate it very much.

Right now my woodworking is on hold. I have a post in the safety forum about dust in my eyes. I am into my third week and been to the doctor five times. I can hardly see to type or read post on this forum. I dare not use any wood working equipment. So when I get over this I will make and post pictures of my signs. ""If they aren't to bad""
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It sounds like you need to get safety glasses, safety goggles, or a face shield. Blowing the saw dust off of you work can be very hazardous to your eyes and lungs. A brush is much safer, but even then eye protection is a must. You could have bought several kinds of eye protection for what the doctor bills just cost you.


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You guys have been a real help to me on how to get started making signs and I appreciate it very much.

Right now my woodworking is on hold. I have a post in the safety forum about dust in my eyes. I am into my third week and been to the doctor five times. I can hardly see to type or read post on this forum. I dare not use any wood working equipment. So when I get over this I will make and post pictures of my signs. ""If they aren't to bad""
Don,

I hope your eyes heal quickly and completely!!

By all means, do what the doctor says.....but when you get back at it, be sure and wear some eye protection. I set up a fan blowing from my back....blowing over and away from me.....this keeps me cool and blows the dust away from me.

I only work outdoors.....so some times the wind overpowers my fan's capabilities and I end up with dust in my face, too. You need eye protection no matter where you work.

Being asthmatic, I have to wear a dust mask, too. Some times I feel like I am taking too many precautions......but when I stop and think about it; I realize I'm still here, healthy, have all my fingers and both eyes, and I'm still making saw dust. So yep, it's worth the time and effort.

Good luck my friend!! Hope to see you back at it in no time!!

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