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I thought it would be nice to make a title sign for my Woodlot Incident project so I made this one out of some 1/4" poplar. It turned out well enough that I think there is some potential for making more signs like this for desk nameplates or such.

The length is 6" and the letters are 1/2" tall. Of course, the concept of pricing a sign by the square foot doesn't work too well in this case since it is only about 1/16th of a square foot.
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Very nice Oliver! What bit did you use?
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Very nice Oliver! What bit did you use?
I used the Whiteside SC50 fine detail bit for the letters and tight background areas then used the 90 bit to clean out the rest of the background. The weathered edges of the sign were cut with a utility knife.
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Another great sign Oliver. Did you surround the work piece with 1/4" material to keep the router from tipping?
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Another great sign Oliver. Did you surround the work piece with 1/4" material to keep the router from tipping?
I started to, Don, but there was a very slight difference in thickness between the pieces which caused a step I could feel as I moved the router base, so I abandoned the extra material. I was also resting my work on a non-skid mat which, combined with the thin material, caused it to sort of tilt back and forth. To alleviate that I attached the sign blank to large thick piece of mdf with double-sided tape which gave me a very solid surface and made it easy to keep the router from tipping.
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Very nicely done Oliver. Thanks for sharing. I still need to get a sc50 bit and a good 90 degree v groove. Also want to get another profile bit to have on hand for those times when I send in my other one for sharpening I'm not left sitting here without a bit. Plus sharing everything with my 13 year old nephew puts double duty on all my bits.

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Very nice. Now, Oliver, concerning your mind...
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I started to, Don, but there was a very slight difference in thickness between the pieces which caused a step I could feel as I moved the router base, so I abandoned the extra material. I was also resting my work on a non-skid mat which, combined with the thin material, caused it to sort of tilt back and forth. To alleviate that I attached the sign blank to large thick piece of mdf with double-sided tape which gave me a very solid surface and made it easy to keep the router from tipping.
How about the idea of adding four adjustable "feet" to the corners of the router baseplate - the height of the feet could be adjusted based on the material thickness - and this would give support to the router and prevent tipping when routing small pieces like this.

BTW loved your Woodland Incident project, both innovative and outstanding workmanship.
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