Routing a Sign

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Blog series by ~Julie~ updated 09-27-2012 11:05 PM 3 parts 7379 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: Setting up the design

09-25-2012 03:07 PM by ~Julie~ | 3 comments »

I make a lot of hand painted signs, but now and then I do a routed sign. They take much longer to complete, but they are just as creative and fun. Someone who saw me at a craft show contacted me to make her a routed sign, so I photographed the process. The finished sign looks like this: Now I’ll explain how the process goes Valerie wanted a basic sign to hang outside that was 18” long. I chose cedar because of it’s ability to last outdoors and I cut a piece...

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Part 2: Routing the Horizontal and Vertical Parts

09-26-2012 02:05 PM by ~Julie~ | 5 comments »

>>> You can find Part 1 here on how to set up the design <<< I have three routers, but for this job I’m using my small trim router. This router has a small square see-through base that is good for smaller signs. It takes bits with a 1/4” shank and I’m using my 3/8” round nose bit which I will leave protruding just less than 1/8” inch out of the base. Because the letters need to be quite close together to fit on this sign, the groove from the bit ...

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Part 3: Finishing the sign

09-27-2012 11:05 PM by ~Julie~ | 11 comments »

I’ve finished the horizontal and vertical portions of the letters and now move on to the straight angled parts. This would include both sides of the V, as well as the A and the leg of the R. These are basically done the same way, by clamping a scrap piece of wood at the offset distance away from the letter being routed. I had to brace underneath my scrap piece to clamp it securely. The router then rides again along the side of the clamped piece. Now… the hard part!...

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