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Sign for turtle sanctuary #1: Routering and burning the sign

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Blog entry by Bertha posted 1109 days ago 1475 reads 1 time favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My fiance’ spotted an area on our property where turtles like to congregate and she settled upon making a sign for them. First, she sketched out the design on an Aspen plank and weathered the edges with a round microplane. Then, she routed the lettering using a straight bit on low speed with a plunge. Third, she burnt in her details. I told her a laminate trimmer would work but she wanted to use “a big one”. I may be competing for shop time soon;)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog



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SPalm

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#1 posted 1109 days ago

Cool. Good for her.
I would say to use a Bosch Colt. But if she wants the big one, wadda ya gonna say?

I just wouldn’t want her burning in my details,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bertha

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#2 posted 1109 days ago

LOL Steve, I tried to manage a Colt upgrade to the clear-based Dewalt over this project but she wasn’t buying it. A 1/4 inch straight bit in Aspen hardly calls for horsepower but the lady gets what she wants;) When she’s got the pyrography tool in her hand, I try to keep my trap shut and stand back a bit:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 1109 days ago

Next project on Al’s list: a “Shop time to rent” sign ;p

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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SPalm

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#4 posted 1109 days ago

If you have a Vbit, she could have a go at that too. If you tilt the base up as you finish the cut, you can get some pretty fancy lettering. It might make that turtle picture come out a bit better too.

I spent some time trying to find videos of hand routing signs, but I failed :(

Norm did an episode on Carved Wooden Signs (#1712), and he made one with a Vbit. But no one seems to have pirated that episode.

You can also do square corners with it :)
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc158/spalm_pics/HouseSign.jpg

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Bertha

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#5 posted 1109 days ago

If it were up to me, I’d have popped a v-bit in my fixed PC690 with the clear base. It’s a very controllable little router. The Freud is variable speed and at the lowest speed, you could probably spin the bit by hand faster. I just can’t see what I’m doing with the dust shield in place. I would have just taken the shroud off but routering Aspen without dust collection is like frolicking in a field of asbestos. That little Dewalt seems like the perfect tool for this kind of thing. It’s still on my list. I’d like to make a nice house sign, so I might be hitting up your videos, Steve.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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lew

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#6 posted 1109 days ago

Safety Glasses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 1109 days ago

Yep… First thing I noticed… safety glasses and gloves.
How about a shot of the finished sign.
I’ll bet she did a great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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Bertha

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#8 posted 1109 days ago

I don’t own a SawStop. I don’t have a guard on my TS. There’s a big plastic shield in front of the bit, which itself is behind a plastic shroud attached to dust collection. I’m a big boy and feel confident enough that the operation was safe in feathery aspen. Call Gass on me;) Thanks for looking guys! The sign is painted and going for oil tonight, poly tomorrow.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#9 posted 1109 days ago

You go girl !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#10 posted 1109 days ago

nice, but, I definately agree with Lew – Safety Glasses…... get em on

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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bigkev

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#11 posted 1109 days ago

Alright Al, you’re old enough to know that you never take the wife (or fiance’) fishing or golfing and you never ever EVER let her in the shop. What were you thinking man? Next thing you know the walls will be the same color as that shirt she’s wearing!!

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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Bertha

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#12 posted 1108 days ago

I’m watching closely, BigKev; you’re right, though, it’s a slippery slope:)
I have heard the admonishment about safety glasses loud and clear.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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bigkev

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#13 posted 1108 days ago

That wasn’t me my friend. You both look like adults to me.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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Bertha

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#14 posted 1108 days ago

Oh I know, BigKev. The way I see it is you’re a grown man, on your property, you probably have insurance, and either way it’s not my policy. What you do in the shop is your business. We’re on the same page, brother. Have a good rest of the weekend:)

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Bertha

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#15 posted 1107 days ago

Painting the sign with acrylics

Flood BLO

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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