add a flex LED light to the router...
I know zip about those things. Did some searching and watched a video on them after reading your post last night. I just don’t understand them, but I’d like to learn about them. I have a use for something like that in the kitchen too.add a flex LED light to the router...
Any chance that you have a link to that photo?
Thanks. I’ve actually seen that photo before.
I found a video on the Milescraft Signcrafter. It looks like it keeps the templates quite a ways off your work piece where the Rockler keeps the letters on the wood. Seems like it would add some difficulty figuring out the depth to set your bit at.I have and use two Milescraft products, the Signcrafter (I think it's called) and the Pantograph.
What I don't like about the Signcrafter is that you are limited to the font that is offered, although in 2 sizes, upper & lower case, plus numbers. But it is fairly easy to use and is consistent. The Rockler version requires attaching each letter individually. I haven't used that system but it's probably very similar. The Signcrafter sets up your letters in a fixed "track".
There are several options for bits but I generally prefer the chamfer or pointed ones. Whatever you use, you don't need to go as deep as you probably think that you need to. It's a lot easier to go back over a little deeper than the other way.
Hope this gives you some directions to take a look at.
Wow. That dude is far above anything I’m even capable of trying, and how can he follow those lines so well? I watched his Dude Perfect sign video.
I bought the kit sometime back when it was on sale, and Haven't used it yet. Here is one of the bits that came with it.
Thank you for the feedback. :smile:Gary,
Ain't nuthin' wrong with that sign, a good early effort.
I just finished another test sign. As I was trying to complete an “S” I got to the middle of the “S” when the bit just seemed to run into concrete. A little extra pressure and the bit took off in the wrong direction totally ruining the test. After I finished, I looked at the bit and it was turning black, so my testing is probably done till I get some new bits. The bit I’m using came with the old router I inherited from my father back in 1988. The bit is an old Sears 1/4-inch high speed steel straight bit.I like to use a big router for the mass, and a baseplate with a big opening in it for visibility around the bit. I use solid carbide V bits, but you can use just about any bit. Your Fuzzing could be because the bit has an upshear, and is lifting fibers up, be a little dull, or the wood could have a higher moisture content, or just be one of those boards that doesn't like to be cut cleanly. A little sanding can fix that. Woods with closer grain work easier, because you cutting a more consistent board. Construction lumber is cheap, but the wide variation in the grain can cause the cut to suffer.