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Been a Park Director for 17 years now. Obviously have lots of stained and painted signs. I used to use a Crapsman router and a Craftsman 92573 Router template Set that makes 1 letter at a time. I have it still and even foudn it still for sale on the internet somewhere.

I also used a fancy Craftsman Rout-A-Signer sign gizmo I can't find anymore under any name that had a series of arm brackets and a big plastic thingy base with grooves and a carousel holder for the entire alphabet of templates. It made curved letters which I didn't care for but it worked ok I guess. I still have it.

I haven't routed a sign in maybe 10 years but need to make a sign. I am going to try to use the recycled plastic decking material from Lowe's and see if I can make a rot proof sign that I don't need or stain or paint. If it works I just may replace all the signs on the park.

I have ruled out using the old template systems I used that I still have. Heck I think I am going to get a new plunger router too I am fond of Porter Cable products. Will have to research the routers to find a decent router.

I considered the Milescrafter 1206 sign crafter but it is reportedly too junky. I am considering the Milescrafter Sign Router Pro or the Lee Valley version which looks like the exact same thing. Any other decent system out there for the sign maker who will be making a ton of signs? Cost is not a major issue if it is worth it in the long haul although a CNC is not going to cut it.
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HI Gunpowder

I have and use the MilesCraft jig,, it works once you rework it..that's to say rebuild it and re-support ...
You can see the rebuild in my " Gallery ' to the left of this post..

I would also suggest using some fence stock that you get at the right price from HD/Lowes...I don't recommend red wood it's a bit too high in price...the fence stock will last a long time...you can also use the new stock that's made of old plastic bags/bottles,etc. ,, that stuff will last forever..

I redid my trailer with it about 2 or 3 years ago and it still looks like new..the old 2" x 6" stock I took off the trailer deck almost just fail off after about 5 years outside..

I also made a post office mail box pole with it and it's still looks like new and it's in the ground about 3ft..

Great stuff for the wood worker to use for out door projects..

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Been a Park Director for 17 years now. Obviously have lots of stained and painted signs. I used to use a Crapsman router and a Craftsman 92573 Router template Set that makes 1 letter at a time. I have it still and even foudn it still for sale on the internet somewhere.

I also used a fancy Craftsman Rout-A-Signer sign gizmo I can't find anymore under any name that had a series of arm brackets and a big plastic thingy base with grooves and a carousel holder for the entire alphabet of templates. It made curved letters which I didn't care for but it worked ok I guess. I still have it.

I haven't routed a sign in maybe 10 years but need to make a sign. I am going to try to use the recycled plastic decking material from Lowe's and see if I can make a rot proof sign that I don't need or stain or paint. If it works I just may replace all the signs on the park.

I have ruled out using the old template systems I used that I still have. Heck I think I am going to get a new plunger router too I am fond of Porter Cable products. Will have to research the routers to find a decent router.

I considered the Milescrafter 1206 sign crafter but it is reportedly too junky. I am considering the Milescrafter Sign Router Pro or the Lee Valley version which looks like the exact same thing. Any other decent system out there for the sign maker who will be making a ton of signs? Cost is not a major issue if it is worth it in the long haul although a CNC is not going to cut it.



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