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Went thru and saved all post about free hand sign router system, learning all one could from the inputs of the doers.

Even bought a Dewalt trimer on closeout sale, was not my choise but couldnt past it up.

Was going to make a plastic base with handles as mentioned in one of the threads.

Was not intended to get rich but make enough for time and materials.

Was all excited, than on another forum there was mention
of sandblasting signs and that was the way to go.......Ya right:'(

So what is the answer:confused: :confused:
http://www.routerforums.com/portable-routing/3724-free-hand-sign.html?highlight=sign
 

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Hi Pa's

Sandblasting works great but I use cork beads on plywood, I have tried sand but it's not to clean that's to say the sand is in the wood. :(
But it depends on what type of look you want to end up with, Norm ran a show today on a Molesworth cabinet (western type furn.) he did some doors and drawers that look neat just like making signs in a way, with some worm holes on the face frame and he used a small router with a 1/8" bit to make the worm looking holes/tracks.
He removed the back ground with a standard router and left the picture stand out about 1/4" or so.

http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct3.cgi?0706
http://www.newyankee.com/2007.shtml
http://www.newyankee.com/video.cgi?0512

Signs, one was done with sandblasting equipment . :)
http://www.newyankee.com/getproduct3.cgi?0512
http://www.newyankee.com/video.cgi?0512

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Thanks good links..............
But on Yankee workshop the links for sandblasting are all the same & showing the router............

Learning & Learning

So what is the deal on this............
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In order to see them use the Sandblasting you will need to get the video from NYWS the small video (on line) will not show them using it.
It's ONLY about a 3 min. long clip ,on a big sign out side the sign shop.

One More NOTE*** Sandblasting, you will need a GOOD/BIG compressor :)
The one I use is set at 175lbs and 125 gal. and sometimes it's to small.

Not to sure what you mean ▼
So what is the deal on this............
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Not to sure what you mean ▼
So what is the deal on this............
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Hi Pa's

Sandblasting works great but I use cork beads on plywood, ????????????I have tried sand but it's not to clean that's to say the sand is in the wood. :(
Bj :)
You lost me on cork beads:'( :'( :'( :'(
 

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Hi
You can get Sand in all types ,cork,sand,glass beads,etc. the cork works the best for me it's clean so to speak and will pickup oil ,resin,grease,etc.

I made a Sandblasting cabinet if you want to see a snapshot just ask and I will post it, it will save on the clean up plus it keeps the mess from going all over the shop.:)

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OK got it about the cork beads.

Do you farm out your stencials, or do you have your own setup?

There are also companies that will rough cut (blast) signs to your specifications. And then all you need to do is clean up the letters and finish it.

See: http://www.signcraft.com/links.asp
 

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I made a Sandblasting cabinet if you want to see a snapshot just ask and I will post it, it will save on the clean up plus it keeps the mess from going all over the shop.:)
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Sure.........Open to all ideas, and methods
 

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You can make your own stencials, craft stores/office depot/office max have thin plastic you can cut out with a razor blade knife and use some double sided carpet tape and stick them down and fire up the Sandblaster. :)

(Cabinet) I will take a snapshot and post in a bit. :)


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Just some snaphots of the cabinet

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You sure have given some major insite on the procedures.
Thankyou for your efforts

Have a lot to chew on///
and you made it and proved it........that there is something to
either method of sign making.

Saved this thread for references

One more thing how about some pics on some finished products you have made.
 

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"One more thing how about some pics on some finished products you have made."

Most are hanging some where :), but not in the shop :)

Go back a post or two to see some pictures of the cabinet.


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If you want to make your own stencils, you can buy the vinyl used for sign from a company called "fellers" among a few others. If you do any form of blasting, sand,cork,whatever, there is a vinyl called "resist or sand blast resist" I have a Graphtec vinyl cutter for doing signs and also cut heatpress vinyl for t-shirts. If you want a decent affordable cutter, you can go to uscutter website and they sell a few and have a forum for helping out people with cutters/plotters.:rolleyes:
 
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