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I need to get information about how to make letter/lettering templates for the purpose of routing a sign. The letters need to be approx. 6" in height and be printed as outline(s) of the letters. Anyone know how to do this?
 

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Hi glynnm45

Because you want to make them 6" height and it's not a standard size for most templates you will need to start from sq. one.
Outline would be a hard one because you have two parallel lines running side by side.
You may not have the font on your PC but you can download it free from the Net.
http://www.searchfreefonts.com/font/unda-outline.htm
see snap shot below.. ▼
You can use your computer and print out a master and glue in on some brich plywood to make you templates, (cut out on the scroll saw) but you can also just glue the template to the sign board to give you the look of a router job around the letters.
But you may want to pick a new font because it's not going to be a easy one to do.

Good Luck

Bj :)
 

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Hi GLYNNM45.
Why not try your hand at Free hand routing ? Its a lot easier then you think once you start to do it. And you have the added bonus of not being stuck with using the same old blocky letters you usually see in a sign that was made using the typical templates. Also, you save the cost of buying or the time you spent in making the templates in the first place. You can make your lettering in what ever Font you want and its very easy to make the sign ANY size you want to.
If you just type in "Freehand sign" in the search box and then take a look at some of the signs in that post, you may see some thing that will work for you.
If you want to try it, let me know and I can give you some tips on how to get your letters on your workpeice with very little trouble.

The signs come out great and you will get kudos from anyone that see's it.
 

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Bob; I tried to download the font but they wanted $70.00 for the download. Seems like what I want but too pricey.
Thanks.
Gary
 

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glynnm45 said:
I need to get information about how to make letter/lettering templates for the purpose of routing a sign. The letters need to be approx. 6" in height and be printed as outline(s) of the letters. Anyone know how to do this?
You can use a overhead projector to magnify the letters. Let the light shine on a big paper on the wall, and draw the lines on the paper.

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glynnm45 said:
I need to get information about how to make letter/lettering templates for the purpose of routing a sign. The letters need to be approx. 6" in height and be printed as outline(s) of the letters. Anyone know how to do this?
Glynn

To try and solve the problem I have produced a letter A with a drawing program then saved it as a jpeg. I will try and post it
Tom

Tried to submit it as an attachment but unable to do so.
You might like to try and email me and I will forward it as an Attachment
Tpom
 

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Glynn

To try and solve the problem I have produced a letter A with a drawing program then saved it as a jpeg. I will try and post it
Tom

Tried to submit it as an attachment but unable to do so.
You might like to try and email me and I will forward it as an Attachment
Tom
Here is the attachment I tried to post last night as a jpeg which you can save then produce it as large as you like
Tom
 

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I need to get information about how to make letter/lettering templates for the purpose of routing a sign. The letters need to be approx. 6" in height and be printed as outline(s) of the letters. Anyone know how to do this?
Using any paint/draw program, create the sign you want and print it on as many pages as needed for the size.. The last 2 I did took 12 pages each..
I use an engraver to trace the letters to the wood, and route them freehand..
You can route out the inside or outside of the letters..
 

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Need letters Craftsman Pantograph

I somehow lost my Old English letters Y and y. Does anyone out there have one they couls send? I'd appreciate it.
John
 

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Thanks Bob, I appreciate it.
John
 

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Try using your microsoft Word or Word Processing program. find a type face you would like to use for your sign. enlarge it to 600 points (which is approximately 6" in most fonts. print the letters or words you need. transfer them to the wood. either freehand or use a router ski with an 1/8" bit cut the outline of the letters. use a spiral cutter or a flat bit to trim away the waste and you should have your sign. Also there are some good tutorials on this forum sight under sign-making.
 

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Hi

Use Paint.Net it's free and will let print them out on a 8.5" x 11" in full size.that's needed if you want to end up with 6" tall letters ....just a note Paint net will also print them as 2ft. tall if needed... Word can't do that.
see link above for the fonts also free.

Paint.NET - Download

Just a note you can copy and paste from the PDF file(s) and just drop it in Paint.Net with the dots,that's a real key to get them right for your sign(s)..

http://www.milescraft.com/service/1298temps/oldenglishlower.pdf

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pantograph fonts with 'dots'

Where can you find fonts that already have the 'dots' used to line up the pantograph or how do you add them to your existing fonts?
 

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Where can you find fonts that already have the 'dots' used to line up the pantograph or how do you add them to your existing fonts?
Check out dafont.com. They have many free fonts. Once you download the font to your computer open it, at the top of that window there should be an install option
 

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Find the letters you want on the internet for free. Then enlarge them to the size you want. Then get some carbon paper to put underneath your letters. Put the letters and the carbon paper where you want your letters to be on your piece, tape them down. Carefully trace your letters with a pencil on your sign and the carbon will leave the letter you want on what you are carving where you want it. HAVE FUN!!! This process can be done with anything you want to carve.
 
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