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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-09-2015, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys I'm new to routers and wood work in general but have had to start making a ton of wooden signs for our local parks at work. I am getting pretty decent at it but sanding the inside the letters is a pain to me.

All I'm doing is taking a 2x12 or 2x8 and cutting the wording for whatever the park name is, then staining the board, then painting the letters white. If I don't sand down the inner walls of the letters and the top edges it's difficult to paint and makes the job twice as long. And it looks bad.

I've actually been using pieces of old belt sander belts to do this but the ones I'm left with aren't working as well. I tried a sanding block, which was quickly mutilated. I was also using a dremel to run inside the letters to smooth them out some prior to sanding but I broke the old bits. My boss hasn't purchased new bits yet.

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That's one of the last ones I did. I cut the letters too deep. Not bad though especially compared to some of the first ones I did.
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Welcome aboard Karluv!! I would try these Buy Finishing Kit Sanding Sticks, 24 piece at Oh, sorry these are basically the same thing John pointed out.
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That is what I was thinking also. I don't have any problems painting letters in signs I make after just routing them out and only surface sanding the face of the sign. Never inside the letters. Sharp bits will greatly improve things, even just making sure the bits are clean will help. A bit that has caked on pitch from prior use won't cut cleanly no matter how sharp it is. Also, I don't know if you are using treated lumber for this since it is an outdoor sign, but if the wood is treated lumber then there is not much you can do to about smooth cuts anyway until the wood dries out. If you are cutting it just after purchase while it is still wet then it tends to leave a lot of frayed edges and roughness instead of coming out smoothly. This will also increase the level of pitch buildup on a bit as well. One last thing, if it is wet treated wood, then the paint won't last long on it anyway. Gotta let treated wood dry out or it's just gonna be a disaster all the way around, in cutting and finishing, both.
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Thanks guys I'm going to try and get some of the sanding sticks. I've never heard of those. Or a sanding mop, which looks very interesting. I'd like to try it as well. I did get some new dremel bits today that I would like to try out.

Thanks a lot for that info Duane I didn't know any of that. The frayed edges inside the letters are what's causing me all the problems sanding and painting.

My next issue to tackle is cutting all the letters at the same depth (and not too deep) with boards that aren't perfectly flat and a table I believe has a bend in it.
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