freehand router use
I am relatively new to using a router for more than putting a pretty edge on a piece of wood. I just purchased a sign pro letter Kit from Milescraft along with a vertical number kit.
My thinking here was to make my own sign for my computer repair business, to save some money on the sign manufacturer, to make it a little better than the typical vinyl or painted plywood sign, to learn a new skill and maybe have something else that I can generate a little income from.
So far I have figured out almost everything except one or two things.
1.) While building a nameplate sign I am trying to figure out how to transfer a simple line drawing image to the wood effectively so that it can also be routed into the design.
2.) I have read that some people are using a laminate trimmer as a small hand-held router in order to carve the line design into the wood. Some have called this free handing. My trimmer comes with a changeable base plate uses 1/4 inch bits and has a small square base plate as well. My question is how in the world would you be able to control the router, or the torque? Oh, forgot to mention the tremor is a Ryobi brand and so is my regular router.
I do not have a plunge router yet, and beside using something like a Dremel or another rotary tool how effective would it be to attempt to use the laminate trimmer? I could see where it may be able to be used as a small router in a pinch , but am not sure how you could use it as a free hand device.
any advice from any of you old pros would be appreciated. I like learning new things and am not afraid to try.
– Big Mike